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Mardyke Miniature Railways Ltd
is a long established English company, producing garden and commercial railway
We continue to produce diesel/hydraulic
and petrol/hydrostatic locomotives in various body and bogie configurations and these are
all made to the highest, exacting standards.
Brief Company History
About 40 years ago the founder of Mardyke Miniature Railways, Des De Smedt decided to use his extensive training and experience in engineering to further his enthusiasm for trains by building his own garden railway. He chose 7.25" gauge and constructed rail from flat bar, the first locomotive he ever built was a Self Propelled Wagon which was driven by pushing and pulling an alternating handle to move either forwards or backwards, soon after he built 2 DMU's powered by 2 stroke engines through mechanical gearboxes and after using these to develop different power and drive systems he developed a 4 stroke Petrol/Hydrostatic Drive system and then designed the more powerful Diesel/Hydraulic drive system.
First ever Mardyke locomotive
In 1975 Des De Smedt was joined by his son Richard who after learning his trade within the fabrication and machine shops, was able take over the design and building of Mardyke Locomotives and Carriages when Des De Smedt decided to work part time in1990
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