Sunday, March 11, 2012
Far Tottering & Oyster Creek Railway
The Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Branch Railway was the inventive dream of Roland Emett that became a reality. A fictional narrow-gauge railway with a fantastical view of British rural life and embodying Emett's typical whimsical mechanics, very much in the same cup of street as the works of Heath Robinson and Rube Goldberg.
The railway began as a series of Emett cartoons in pre-war Punch magazine of 1939. At this time it was termed the Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Railway.
After the war, it was chosen as an attraction for the 1951 Festival of Britain events on the South Bank. A workable railway, now termed the Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Branch Railway, was constructed that carried over two million passengers through the Battersea Pleasure Gardens.
The three locomotives were:
Nº3 Wild Goose
Were all made to Emett's drawings, but used war-surplus diesel engines on a 15 in (381 mm) gauge chassis.
After the endness of the Festivities itself, the Pleasurable Gardens became Battersea Parkland.
Read more HERE.