|Following the erection of the Leominster water crane
nearly ten years ago we have now got around to providing it with water.
When the London Group
first took on the challenge of erecting the water crane brought to Devon
by the Worcester Locomotive Group
they researched getting a commercial tank and obtained quotes. Unfortunately
this period coincided with our impending purchase of the line and so the
project was shelved until further funding could be identified.
At the beginning of 2006 the SDRT Board gave approval
to proceed with the construction of the water tank for Totnes Littlehempston
and that the tank should be built in house. This was after a grant of £10,000
from the South Devon Railway Association
had been made available to the SDRT. This money has been raised in two
of the Annual Draws run by the Association specifically to provide for
watering facilities at Totnes.
Below are a series of photographs shewing the tank construction
at the Works. The float wheel is from the original GWR water tank at Totnes
which was concrete and so we couldn't move it.
The slab for the tank was to be cast on Thursday 23rd
November 2006 but the lorry couldn't get to site so this too will now be
done in house. Much as the London Group had to transport the aggregate
and cement from Buckfastleigh to Totnes Littlehempston to mix together
by hand on site in 1983, so the tank construction team are having to do
in 2006. Having been on the original London Group team and having
moved half of the 40 bags of cement (they were 50kg each in those days)
I wish them luck!
30th November 2006 saw full
time staff and volunteers from all over the railway band together to mix
30 tons of aggregate into concrete for the water tank. The whole
job took under three hours to complete using seven mixing machines and
The erection started on the 12th
December 2006 as scheduled and the stand was assembled; see
Today we received photographs of the actual tank being
constructed onto the stand at Totnes; details.