Case Studies

Client

ROMNEY HYTHE RAILWAY

RAILWAY - WHEELSETS

Timeframe

6 weeks

The Brief:

Hotchkiss Westwell, renowned for its reliability and technical expertise, was contracted to provide support for the overhaul of Locomotive No. 10, Dr. Syn. The 1931 Canadian Pacific-style engine had been built by the Yorkshire Engine Company for the Romney, Hythe, and Dymchurch miniature railway.

Using the CNC milling machine, Hotchkiss Westwell successfully turned three axles, resulting in the production of six wheels for the locomotive

The Solution:

To maintain the locomotive’s prime working condition, a complete overhaul was essential as per the railway’s maintenance schedule of every 15 years. As part of the overhaul, the focus was on producing new axles and driving wheel profiles – crucial components for the locomotive. 

Due to the limitations of the railway’s existing machinery, they collaborated with Hotchkiss Westwell. The railway provided the coordinate paths required for the components, and Hotchkiss Engineering Group utilized their advanced 5-meter-long CNC milling machine. 

Using the CNC milling machine, Hotchkiss Westwell successfully turned three axles, resulting in the production of six wheels for the locomotive. This process ensured precise dimensional accuracy and maintained the required profiles for optimal performance. 

The craftsmanship and efficiency demonstrated by Hotchkiss Westewell Engineering Group were highly commendable, as acknowledged by Martin Blackwell, the Overhaul Engineer at the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. Impressed by their technical capabilities, Blackwell expressed an intention to engage their services for future bespoke projects, solidifying the company’s reputation in the field of precision engineering and their commitment to passenger safety on the miniature railway.