CMD ENGINEERING has been built on a passion for miniature railways and the desire to create a range of affordable products for everyone. It was formed when the owner Chris Dixon wanted his very own locomotive. The cost was too high so he set about building his own. The plan was simple, build two locomotives, sell one and the cost of the first would be covered, and so the commercial idea was born.
Since then we have been busy designing new products at affordable prices and we are always adding to them, so that we can offer a complete miniature railway one stop shop. Keeping our overheads down allows us to keep our prices low and our products desirable.
We also offer a bespoke design and build service for all budgets.
W&DMES members took delivery of their new Club locomotive today.
Probably the biggest single purchase the Club has ever made, it was bought to share duties with the Club’s “Wren” steam locomotive, which is expected to return to service this spring after an extensive overhaul.
The new locomotive is a 0-4-0 petrol-hydraulic, complete with matching sit-in tender. It was built by CMD Engineering of Kent (www.miniature-trains.co.uk) and features a 6.5hp electric-start petrol engine coupled to an Eaton Type 7 infinitely-variable hydraulic transmission. The transmission output first goes to a layshaft and then to all 4 wheels, giving maximum adhesion and hauling capacity. It provides “instant power” and is exceptionally simple to drive, with a single lever providing a seamless transition from forward to reverse – just the job on the Club’s portable track.
Most of the members present “had a go”, and the loco proved most capable of tackling both the existing oval and the new track extension which will be completed in the course of this year. Neither the tight curves nor the pointwork caused any problems.
And the verdict? “Does exactly what it says on the tin”.