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Lilliput (1935)
Marie
3297 LAS
Haine St.-Pierre 416

Lilliput  restoration project

A 60cm gauge miniature pacific locomotive, built as first of a series of six by Belgian manufacturer Tubize for the railway at the Brussels World Expo in 1935, has been purchased by Stoomcentrum Maldegem.



The loco, originally named "ADOLPHE", had been in store in a warehouse belonging to a railway contractor called "Frateur" in Boom, Belgium. Frateur had purchased the railway equipment after it was used at an exposition in Liege in 1939. The rest of the locomotives were requisitioned by the German occupiers during Ww2, (one is now in Poland),
but they left this one because it was dismantled at the time.

For the next 70 years, the little engine slumbered on, forgotten by most, until Frateur finally went into liquidation followed by the death of the owner. This led to the remaining assets being offered for auction on the internet.

Stoomcentrum had known about the existence of the engine for some years, and nurtured an unforfilled dream of seeing it restored and running.
Being aware of its historical importance to Belgium, and the risk that an extremely high price could be obtained abroad (beyond the means of the society), Maldegem's chairman, Jason Van Landschoot, took steps via his political connections to obtain listing on a list of national treasures by the Flemish Minister of Culture - the first time that any sort of vehicle had been awarded this protection. This now meant that the loco could not be scrapped or permanently leave Flanders. It also opens the gate for government funding in the restoration.

At the close of the auction, Stoomcentrum thought that they had lost the loco because a very high bid had been accepted. However, this turned out to be from a private collector in Germany who was not aware of the listing, proving Jason's fears correct. The bid was therefore withdrawn, and the loco awarded to Stoomcentrum whose bid was the second highest.

Transport was arranged, and the locomotive was placed on rails for the first time in 71 years on 10/11/10.



It is the intention to restore Adolphe to original condition with scale cab (the overscale one now carried was fitted by Frateur). The mechanical condition is very good since the loco has only run about 2000km since new and the boiler has been stored dry without tubes. The narrow gauge railway at Maldegem will require upgrading to accomodate the pacific but its return to steam will certainly be something to look forward to.


Marie            is no longer operational

The Stoomcentrum had a narrow gauge track in 1986 already, before undertaking the exploitation of a standard gauge track in 1989.  So Marie was the very first locomotive of the Stoomcentrum. This machine 0-4-0 was built in 1911 in the well-known factory Orenstein & Koppel. Construction number: 4854. 

Marie

Such machines were frequently used during road works. This locomotive was intensively used for group arrangements, so that it shows signs of aging now. Although the narrow gauge is only 1.5 km long,  Marie has covered a respectable number of kilometres per year. We made two limited repairs during the winter seasons 1997-1998 and 1998-1999, but in 2000 the locomotive was forced to give up.  But … on May 11, 2003 we started restoring it completely! A new future for little Marie?


No 3297 Las not operational, restoration temporarily stopped

The SCM (Stoomcentrum Maldegem) owns a second locomotive for narrow gauge. After restoration it will replace Marie in case of problems. The Nr. 3297 is a Polish locomotive, built in 1954 by Chrzanow .

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The locomotives 0-6-0 of this type are also called Las. We have a serious delay with the restoration work.


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Haine St.-Pierre (of Couillet) from 1891 not operational, waiting for restoration 

Mahy (Musée de l’Automobile in Leuze), owned a locomotive 60cm from 1891 (!), stationed in Landegem. Thanks to the intervention of Jason Van Landschoot (president of the Stoomcentrum) the museum has donated this locomotive to the Stoomcentrum at the end of March 2003, under the condition that it was revised in the long term and that the name of the donateur was mentioned. Without this intervention, the locomotive would surely have been scrapped.

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Arrived on a truck and...
...put on the narrow gauge.


We had no information whatsoever about the manufacturer and the owners, but we have rapidly solved this mystery.

A reliable person let us know that this locomotive is the Haine St.-Pierre Nr. 416. Another source thinks it is a Couillet, a sister company of the consortium Haine St.-Pierre, or maybe an autonomous enterprise. This  locomotive of 3 tons has first served at the company Brunard in Fleurus, then at Anciens Etablissements Fred de Boek in Vilvoorde and finally at Briquetteries Réunies de Rupel et Nèthe in Rumst (until 1942). We have also some licence numbers and a reference to the Antwerp region where this locomotive has been active.  On the locomotive you can see the following data:

Antwerp
L


nr 885


nr 885
9 bar
20-05-1905

1891


This locomotive needs a serious restoration, but we saw – during our first inspection – that the steamer is in good condition.

CouilletBilbao

By the way ...


By way of comparison: the photo opposite shows a steam locomotive for 1 metre gauge 0-2-0t, stationed at the railway station Concordia in Bilbao, Spain
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This locomotive is 1 year older (1890) and it was also built by Couillet. It has the number 1002 and it is named ARTOLA.

It looks very much like our locomotive for narrow gauge 60cm, but it is much larger.


Drijfwerk <-- Click on this photo to see the driving gear.


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Anon Loc 1891


The Stoomcentrum accepts with gratitude any relevant photo. You can mail any useful information to
: info@stoomcentrum.be


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