12 - Miniature Railway
The Hi-de-Hi Train
The Miniature Railway
Located on a windy corner close to the boating lake and Dining Halls, a ride on the miniature railway was comparatively exhilarating...

This railway was my favourite: All of the excitement of a real train, but none of the smoke and grime.



Photo: Baguley 3232 approaches the station © 1967 Light Straw Archive.
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The 'Hi-de-Hi' Train was one of only three 'steam outline' 0-4-0 engines which were made by E.E. Baguley Ltd in 1947. All with a Perkins P4 type 34 horsepower 4 cylinder diesel engine as standard. Baguley no. 3232 first came to work at Clacton in 1959. The two coaches were designated 3233 and 3234.

Located on a windy corner close to the boating lake and Dining Halls, a ride on the miniature train was comparatively exhilarating...
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The boating lake was close to the perimeter of the Camp.


Postcard: The Boating Lake.
Trackside  
Trackside
Trackside - A detailed study of the track layout from 1964 to 1973 with photos of the engine, the drivers and the surrounding area.




Photo: Trackside © 1967 Light Straw Archives.
Lasting Fame  
Lasting Fame
The TV series 'Hi-de-Hi' (1980-1988) used scenes of Butlin's Clacton in its closing credits...



Screen shot: Hi-de-Hi closing credits.
History of Baguley 3232
History of Baguley 3232 
The 'Hi-de-Hi' Train was one of only three 'steam outline' 0-4-0 engines which were made by E.E. Baguley Ltd in 1947. All with a Perkins P4 type 34 horsepower 4 cylinder diesel engine as standard.


Photo: Baguley 3232 © 2000.
Books  
A History of the Butlin's Railways by Peter Scott
A truly excellent book is 'A History of the Butlin's Railways' by Peter Scott.

This is a detailed study, with pictures, maps and diagrams, recalling the full history of all the railways in the nine Camps. This book will evoke happy memories for all those children (now adults) who enjoyed riding on the Butlin railways. 


Scan: A History of the Butlin's Railways by Peter Scott. ISBN 1 902368 09  6

Links

Minor Railways online by Peter Scott

Hi-de-Hi review

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Alan Keef Ltd - Light railway engineers and locomotive builders.

Chance Morgan - Makers of the later 'Chance' locos which replaced Baguley.


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