Acton Miniature Railway

Acton Miniature Railway (AMR). is a 7¼in gauge railway situated in the grounds of the Museum Depot at Acton. It is built and operated by the London Transport Museum Friends. During depot open weekends, the railway provides rides with a variety of motive power and rolling stock.

The railway is fortunate in that it was allowed to use the Westinghouse Style 'N' miniature power lever frame from Drayton Park in the AMR Signal Cabin. This was installed on the 25th September 2008, this donation was by kind permision of the London Transport Museum Depot and the Museum Friends.

Acton Miniatue Railway exterior view of signal box

General view of the Acton Miniature Railway signal cabin taken at Acton Museum Depot on the 28th February 2009 Picture copyright © Mark Adlington.

Acton Miniature Railway with its Westinghosue miniature power N style lever frame  ex Drayton Park 1

Closeup of the levers and the manufactures serial number plate from Drayton Park lever frame. Records show that Drayton Park frame was originally a 35 levers lever installation, with 10 points levers, 5 repeaters, 21 signals with 6 calling on arms. Picture taken on the 28th February 2009 Picture copyright © Mark Adlington.

Acton Miniature Railway with its Westinghosue miniature power N style lever frame  ex Drayton Park 2

General view of the 11 lever Westinghouse Style 'N' miniature power lever frame in the signal cabin. The yet to be completed mechanical locking is beneath the coloured lever quadrants for the points and signals. Picture taken on the 28th February 2009 Picture copyright © Mark Adlington.

Acton Miniature Railway with its Westinghosue miniature power N style lever frame  ex Drayton Park 3

Closeup of the makers plate for Drayton Park which is where this part of the frame came from. An interesting item to note is that as a part of the Drayton Park frame, this was the temporary installation at Holborn whilst the 'B' frame was taken away to make room for the IMR Picture taken on the 28th February 2009 Picture copyright © Mark Adlington.

Acton Miniature Railway with its Westinghosue miniature power N style lever frame  ex Drayton Park 4

The lever frame looking very colorful with 'flash' photography, and a temporary track diagram propped up!
Picture copyright © Adrian Allum

Acton Miniature Railway with their tempoary LT style signals protecting the next section. WN1 is the Red / Green stop signal. RWN3 is the Yelo/ Green Distnat signal for the next section signal WN3.

Acton Miniature Railway with their temporary LT style signals protecting the next section. Signal WN1 (at the top) is the Red / Green stop signal. RWN3 (bottom signal) is the Yello/ Green distant signal for the next section signal WN3.
Picture copyright © Adrian Allum taken 7th March 2008.

Acton Miniature Railway with their tempoary LT style signals, this is the banner repeater WN4 acting as a shunt signal.

Acton Miniature Railway with their temporary LT style signals, this is the banner repeater WN4 acting as a shunt signal. Picture copyright © Adrian Allum taken 7th March 2008.

Acton Miniature Railway - Michael Faraday passes the Little Red Train in the loop at Depot Approach

Not strictly signalling, but nice anyway, this is one of the fleet of standard gauge trains at the AMR
Michael Faraday left passes the Little Red Train in the loop at Depot Approach. Picture copyright © S. Trower

London Transport Museum Depot at Acton
The Museum Depot at Acton holds the majority of the Museum's collections which are not on display in the main Museum in Covent Garden. It opens to the public for special events, including themed open weekends.

The Museum Depot houses over 370,000 items of all types, including many original works of art used for the Museum's celebrated poster collection, vehicles, signs, models, photographs, engineering drawings and uniforms. Together these form one of the most comprehensive and important records of urban transport anywhere in the world.

The Depot's main purpose is to act as a working museum store. It provides 6000 square metres of storage space in secure, environmentally controlled conditions. Here the curators work to catalogue and conserve objects to preserve our heritage for future generations.
Text taken from LT Museum web site ; copyright acknowledged.

 

 

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