The Crowfoot Light Railway website

A garden railway built and operated by Andy and Sheila McMahon at their home in Beccles, Suffolk.


          What I enjoy most about garden railways is seeing a convincing set up of near scale buildings and lineside equipment fitted into a 12"/ft garden.  When this is done to a good standard, trains running through the set up scenes become a bonus.  Equally valid is the view of other garden railfarers who believe in the primacy of the locomotive especially live steam powered. 

          This does not mean I don't respect or admire the skills and effort many put into their locomotives and it doesn't prevent me enjoying the fruits of their labour when these machines are in use, displayed or exhibited.  

          Of course the Crowfoot Light Railway needs trains and we have a slowly growing collection of locomotives with goods, passenger and other rolling stock.  There are few near scratchbuilt items but many more kit built to back up the ready to run (rtr) items in our collection. 

       Below, we look at our locomotives, followed by a photograph gallery of trains running on the CLR.  At the bottom of this page is a written list of non locomotive stock items.   

          We re-built this website autumn 2017 using photos available to us then.  Many of the out of date photos will be replaced when the CLR gets running again in the spring 2018.  From April 2018 onwards each of the three main pages will have a sub-page listing necessary work and pending or recent changes to the railway.  -  Andy

'Countess' in GWR locomotive green.  A live steam loco with radio control.

Purchased RTR manufactured by Accucraft.

This is a very attractive locomotive that now runs very well but has historically required a variety of repairs and attention.  This is best tasked with hauling the three GWR liveried W+LLR bogie coaches we have which were also manufactured by Accucraft.

Clearly missing in this shot is the W decal from the side tank.  This got rubbed off inside a storage box.

'Merlin' in Crowfoot Light Railway (CLR) lined green.  A live steam locomotive with radio control.
Purchased RTR manufactured by Roundhouse with lining applied by another trader. 
This is a Roundhouse Katie loco with an added tender.  This is a freelance model so has no prototype history though it is a very good example of a generic UK narrow gauge loco.  The tender would be an unlikely addition to such a loco but looks good and allows the loco crew some fidget room as the loco cab is filled with mechanical gubbins.
'Powis Castle' in Roundhouse green.  A battery powered diesel outline loco with radio control. 
Purchased RTR manufactured by Roundhouse.
Described in the Roundhouse range as 'Criccieth Castle' this loco was renamed to look more in place with the large amount of W+LLR rolling stock on the CLR.
This is a very powerful and reliable locomotive and has engine noise and air brake sound to add to its credibility. 

'Dockyard No.2' in Roundhouse maroon.  A battery powered diesel outline loco with radio control.  Purchased RTR manufactured by Roundhouse but with extra soundcard and some repainting by another trader. 
Described in the Roundhouse range as 'Bulldog'. 
This loco hauls mostly MOD (RN) trains to/from the dockyard.
This locomotive is now fitted with etched brass nameplates not shown on the photo.
This loco is surprisingly powerful for it's size.

Locomotives awaiting construction as kits (all intended to be radio controlled)

  • 'Grace' GRS resin loco kit of Quarry Hunslet powered by battery but of steam outline.
    We are looking to get this locomotive fitted with radio control and onboard battery power and sound.  With help from the RC fitter I'm hoping to learn how to carry out this work for myself on other similar kits. 
  1. Swift Sixteen resin kit of WW1 tin turtle loco.
  2. IP Engineering kit of tram loco.
Photo gallery of trains in use on The CLR
          Note that sidings in North Yard at Crowfoot Stn. have been removed pending replacement in a different set up from that shown on photographs in this gallery. 

List of non locomotive rolling stock in use on The CLR

Accucraft built W+LLR rtr wagons and coaches

  • 2 in No. goods brake vans.
  • 3 in No. covered goods vans.
  • 2 in No. cattle vans.
  • 5 in No, open wagons in data only grey
  • 5 in No. Peate PO wagons in private owner livery
  • 4 in No. timber wagons
  • 4 in No. flat wagons (we have kits to easily convert these wagons when needed, into sheep wagons).
  • 1 in No. 2 plank open wagon in GWR grey livery.
  • 2 in No. 3rd/Brake bogie passenger coaches in GWR livery.
  • 1 in No. Composite bogie passenger coach in GWR livery.
Kits from other manufacturers
  • 1 in No. RNAD style tanker wagon in freelance MOD(RN) livery
  • 2 in No. RNAD style flat wagons in freelance MOD(RN) livery
  • 1 in No. RNAD style brake van in freelance MOD(RN) livery
  • 2 in No. Swift Sixteen low loader bogie wagons in freelance MOD(RN) livery
  • 1 in No. scratchbuilt bogie cable drum carrier
  • 1 in No. Wrightlines Pechot crane and two match trucks all mounted on WD bogies in black livery (ex WW1 trench railways)
  • 3 in No. Swift Sixteen hopper wagons in PO Crowfoot Quarry livery
  • 1 in No. Swift Sixteen freelance goods brake van in CLR livery
Kits awaiting construction
  • 3 in No. Class D WD bogie open wagons (ex WW1 trench railways)
  • 3 in No.  Swift Sixteen tank wagons to be built as bogie wagons using WD bogies