The Narrower Gauge Railway his the name that Mr. Richard Morris use's to operate is selection of 2ft gauge vehicles under. The name originated from his 10 1/4" gauge railway, which he subsequently sold on. In this section we will provide you with details of Mr. Morris' items of 2ft stock.
4w, Vertical Boilered, Steam Engine, (formerly petrol)
Original Builder: R.A Lister & Co. Ltd., Dursley, Glos.
Re-built by : A.R Etherington, C/O Church Farm, Newbold Verdon, Leics.
Type : Originally R (rail truck) type
Name : Steam Tram
Number : 14005
Gauge : 1 11½/2ft
Built : 1940
Re-built : 1970
Wheel Arrangement : 4w
Boiler : Merryweather B type boiler
Engine : Originally petrol, single cylinder J.A.P engine. Converted to a E.Green (Economiser Works, Wakefield) horizontal single cylinder steam engine
Transmission : Mechanical by internal chains to both axles, via 2-speed gearbox
Weight : Approx. 1Ύ ton
60 : Northampton Corporation at Great Billing Sewage Works, Northants
1960 Nov. 1966 : Highways Dept., West Bridge Depot, Northampton
1968 70 : Rescued for preservation by A.R Etherington, and re-built at Church Farm, Newbold Verdon. Steamed for trials on Cadeby Light Railway, Leics.
Oct. 1970 : Obtained by R.P Morris, Longfield, Oct 1970, has been steamed at various places since, and is now stored in his yard in Blaenau Ffestiniog
Lister 39005 was completed on the 10th of October 1952 at the Lister Factory in Dursley, Gloucestershire. Originally built for a Sewage Works in Stoke-on-Trent. The loco was built as a 600cc R type (Rail Truck), but was converted to use a Lister Diesel engine by the sewage works sometime after.
After passing through many hands the locomotive was sold to Richard Morris by an agent. Richard Morris has had 16 Listers through his hands this being his sixteenth.
Built By Wingrove & Rogers Ltd., (B.E.V) Kirkby, Nr. Liverpool
Battery : 24 x 2 volt cells = 48 volts
Motor : 4.8 b.h.p
Gearbox : Worm-wheel drive
Brake : Hand Wheel Brake, to shoes on the rear wheels
Max. Speed : 5½ mph, 3 speeds, forward & reverse
Wheel Diameter : 14
Wheel Base : 2ft
Min. Curve Negotiable : 10ft radius
Max. Haulage : 15 tons on level
(Can work in tunnels 4 6 diam.)
Overall dimensions :
Length : 5 2½
Width : 2 8
Height : 4 4 (over head lamp)
07/05/48 : Ex works, supplied to Fullers Earth Union Ltd. (Laporte Industries Ltd. From
01/04/68) Combe Hay Mine, Nr. Bath
Late 1980 to 1987 : With C.T.S Mining Ltd., Wheal Concorde, Blackwater, Nr. Truro, Cornwall.
1988 : To Drillserve (plant yard), Roscroggan, Nr. Camborne, Cornwall
1990 : To Clogau Gold of Wales Ltd. Clogau St. Davids Gold Mine, Bontddu,
Nov. 2001: To R.P.Morris, Blaenau Ffestiniog (for preservation)
Ex. British Railways (WR)
P.W. Inspection Railcar
No. A16W Built in 1954
By D.Wickham & Co. Ltd. of Ware, Herts
Type 4B Works No. 6887
(Latterly based in Bangor, North Wales)
Re-Built & Re-Gauged in 1994
(Now fitted with 'Petter' 31/2 h.p Diesel engine)
4-2-0, Petrol Rail Car
Original Builder : B.M.W
Re-Built by : R.P Morris, Longfield, Kent
Name : Rail Taxi
Reg. No. : UCD 157
Gauge : 1 11½/2ft
Built : 1957
Re-Built : 1967
Wheel Arrangement : 4-2-0
Engine : B.M.W, 295 cc., petrol, single cylinder , 4 stroke
Transmission : Mechanical, 4 speeds, chain drive to rear wheels
Weight : Less than ½ ton
Livery : Blue with white flashes
1957 : Built as a B.M.W Isetta bubble
car (no. A10404) in the former London, Brighton & South Coast
Railway workshop building at Brighton.
July 1966 : Acquired by R.P Morris, who duly converted it for rail use at Longfield, Kent
1968 : Operated on the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway, Beds.
1969 : Footage of it operating at Leighton Buzzard featured in the I.T.V programme Magpie
May 1970 : Operated on the Wychwood Light Railway, near Leamington Spa
The Rail-Cycle in front of you today was re-built in 2006 by Richard Morris in Blaenau Ffestiniog from a conventional tricycle. The wheels for the quadricycle are Road Machines Ltd. (now Rail Machines Ltd. owned by Richard Morris) trailer wheel brake drums. This quadricycle is fitted with a 3 Speed mechanism and a differential unit, which enables it to negotiate corners, the front axle swivels vertically, which helps it negotiate irregularities in the track.