For a couple of years, the museum played host to a Wallis and Steevens 'Advance' steam roller. During its time here, various jobs were required on it, including work on the firebox, which needed the rear end lifting and a pit dug underneath.
By June 1985, tracklaying on the new line was progressing, with the head of rail reaching the sharp curve above the lake. The photographs show the end of the line, and the Ruston 10RB dragline being used to construct the next length of trackbed. The dragline is digging out a shelf on the slope for the track, which will be about where the bucket is in the second photograph.
During the winter of 1991, we acquired the Hudson-Hunslet locomotive No.7120. It is a standard Hunslet mines locomotive without a cab, though its working life had been above ground at the Hogsmill Valley Sewage Works in Surrey. A photograph by John Scholes shows it at the sewage works.
Fitted with a three cylinder Perkins diesel engine, for which spares are easily obtainable, we set about fitting a cab, as it was to be our regular passenger train locomotive in all weathers. The photographs show construction of the cab. Once completed, the locomotive was named “Bullfinch” and carries plates cast in our foundry.
The museum has a couple of Merryweather Type B steam pumps. The first came with the boiler mounted in our steam locomotive “Swift”. When the boiler was replaced, it was re-united with its pump unit and mounted on a railway wagon. The second arrived together with a two wheel trolley for moving it around the site. It was very difficult to use, and overturned one day damaging the flywheel. In 2008, we acquired an ex-army trailer, and mounted the pump in a new enclosed body. In this form it has appeared at a number of steam rallies.