Rothervalley rides again
30th March 2013
Good news, Rother Valley Country Park Railway is open to the public again!
The railway is 835 metres and a dog bone shape it was installed be Cromar White in 2009 but as not run for the last 18 months. The railway reopening on Good Friday after negotiations by Rotherham Council. Back in service will be the RMI 70 ton diesel pulling Cromar White sit astride coaches and a wheelchair coach. With minor jobs still to be done like replacing the roof on the ticket office, all is set for a successful summer if we have one this year.
Las Vegas Railway
23rd November 2012
October came and Cromar White found themselves in Las Vegas, working for the Phoenix based company Arizona Railroad Depot. The contract was to replace the worn out rail and signaling system at the Forest Express Railway at Magical Forest. This is a Christmas attraction on the camps of Opportunity Village, which provides a variety of different programs, which allow men and women with all levels of disabilities the chance to lead a life that had previously been unattainable.
The railway is 18” gauge with three Diamond Works locomotives and coaches. The old 12 lbs. rail was replaced with new 20 lbs. per yard, including five points and two diamond crossings. The track is 1200 feet in a figure of eight configuration. The signaling system included four existing drop gate and two new ones, supplied by RMI. The existing nine signal head had LED light fitted, all the mechanical train detection switches have been changed for solid state proximity switches and connected to a purpose built Cromar White a control system. Also included in the installation is a Cromar White point actuator.
Arizona Railroad Depot was also contracted to re-wheel the three Diamond Works locomotives and passenger coaches. The railway opened on time and is on track for a record breaking year.
Testing of new locomotive
19th September 2012
The picture shows the test running of the new Challenger class electric powered ride-in locomotive. The testing was completed at Sheffield SMEE in readiness for the official launch at the 7¼” society AGM 0n the 21st to 23rd September 2012.
New railway in Scotland
19th September 2012
Cromar White has just completed the installation of a railway at Craigiemains Home & Garden Centre, Ballantrae, Girvan, South Ayrshire. The railway is 10¼” gauge and is 900ft long, and was originally installed at Ayr. The railway comes complete with the Severn Lamb locomotive Ayr Princess. The original railway was closed in 2006 and as been in storage since then. The locomotive as benefited from the installation of a Perkins diesel engine. Cromar White Ltd. also supplied two sets of points made from the original 25lbs per yard steel rail. The railway as a stunning view of Ailsa Craig.
Pickie Fun Park gets a face lift
2nd February 2012
Pickie Fun Park at Bangor, Northern Ireland is geting a magor face lift. Cromar White are producing replacement track for the sation area and have developed a new track crossing gate system.
Sheffield SMEE upgrade raised track
14th June 2011
Sheffield SMEE has been working hard this winter replacing their raised track. SSMEE have used Cromar White 27mm steel rail, Cromar White plastic sleepers and Cromar White track fixings. The replacement track gives a smother ride and will give longer life to the train wheels.
Picture by courtesy of Pete Nash
Battery and settings Genius
7th March 2011
Cromar White Ltd have recently become the UK distributor for settingsGENIUS! and Battery Genius (details below) These are useful for all types of vehicles that have a 12v battery and a cigar lighter. These will retail as a bundle at £15. settings allows a battery to be removed from a car without losing all the car settings, clock, radio, alarm etc. BatteryGenius shows the state of a 12v battery. See Genius pages for more details.
15th November 2010
CW are pleased to announce the first UK designed and built Road train. The first of which is in use inr the historic Welsh City of Caernarfon. More information on the train in Caernarfon is available at http://www.clacityclac.co.uk
Now the science bit!
The locomotive is3 tonnes width 1289mm length 3000mm height 2019mm turning circle is 4000mm all steel construction two person cab front and rear wipers front disc brakes oil immersed multi plate rear dice brakes transmission is fully automatic with three forward gears and one reverse full digital sound system full instrumentation
The locomotive is exempt MOT and is environmentally friendly.
Taxation class if used on public roads is general haulage
Nottingham University GRACE project
11th November 2009
Roof laboratory and test track
Cromar White Ltd won the prestigious contract to install a 'dog-bone' shaped seven and a quarter inch gauge railway on the roof of the new GRACE building, Nottingham University which has been designed to create a state of the art laboratory. It has a series of stable monuments which are supported through the whole of the building and into the foundations. These will provide high tolerance platforms for continuously operating GNSS receivers used for both earth movement research and to provide support to the RTK Network project. The roof will be surfaced with a multipath reducing surface and obstructions have been designed to be at a minimum.
A unique facility of the "roof lab" will be a stable track system which will allow experiments of a kinematic nature over a know trajectory. This will be a wireless controlled system with high precision repeatability.
For more information on the GRACE department, please visit http://www.grace.ac.uk/
Rother Valley Country Park
6th October 2009
On 15th August 2009 the Rother Valley Steam Railway(RVSR) opened to the public at the Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield. This followed an intense four week installation from start to finish. The track is 7¼" gauge, 800 metres long with a loop at each end(70-75' radius). the track is made from Cromar White(CW) 4lb a yard, 27mm, steel rail and re-cycled plastic sleepers. CW won the contract to install and supply the railway, from marking out, to ground work, to track laying, to carriage supply to installing electrics, to building station platforms, to supplying locomotives and rolling stock. The locos will consist of one steam engine and one diesel engine. The rolling stock consists of seven CW sit astride carriages and one CW invalid coach and there are plans to add a wagon for transporting child buggies. The bogies are of a new design which all have vacuum braking. The engine shed consists of one 40' container and one 20' container joined together. There are three lines running into the shed. This has been a very ambitious project and much midnight oil has been burned and many miles done between CW HQ in Angelsey and Sheffield. The whole installation has been project managed by Tony Martin(Technical Director CW), as well as him being very much hands on. There are currently three sets of sprung points installed.