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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Discussion in 'Heritage railways & Centres in the Uk' started by martinr1, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. AndyY

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    I have to say that this large timber building would worry me from a fire-risk viewpoint - too many eggs all in the one basket!
    The concern is heightened by the recent vandal attacks on preserved railways. A wooden station building is just as vulnerable as coaching stock out in the open.
    I wonder what the insurance company view is?

    Andy
     
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    Is it possible to treat timber to make it highly fire-resistant, so arson attacks would be unlikely to succeed?
     
  3. AndyY

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    I hope this is taken into account!
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  4. Goldie

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    For my money, I'd go for a replica - if not of the original station building, then at least of a Midland Railway prototype. This a really important step for the EVR, and it's not just about providing better facilities. This will be the gateway to the railway for the majority of visitors, and the background for thousands of photographs. It will help determine whether the station site can convincingly be used for photo charters, and whether the railway can help create that illusion of taking people back in time.

    In short, it will help make the difference between the EVR being a diverting afternoon out and a must see visitor attraction.
     
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    That's what I thought, the original station building wasn't too small either, but a wooden building is easier to construct, and they need the space for modern toilet facilities which the original probably cannot accommodate
     
  6. AndyY

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    Agreed, build something which will entice the film-makers to want to use it by looking as though it has always been there.
    Andy
     
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    Certainly is, apply intumescent paint/varnish to the timber.


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    Meanwhile TSO No.4440 has just arrived from the GWSR; it is a stripped out shell requiring a lot of work and must take its place in the queue, but our carriage team are achieving great things. Elsewhere the brick crossing box base at Idridgehay has been completed ready to take a new timber structure in traditional style, a similar base is to be built at Gorsey Bank.
     
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    So much for predictions. TSO No.4440 seems to have fallen into the hands of one of our more militant C & W teams who have not only stripped out a large part of the body sides but have already begun welding new steel sections back in again. The underframes have been sandblasted and painted. Meanwhile, more prosaically, a large collection of concrete lego has arrived. Some of it has already been used to extend the platform where the weighbridge used to be, the new wall is set back a little to enable a more traditional face to be laid in due course. Behind the new wall the flat ground hides part of the foundations for the new station building.

    Today is the second day of the autumn book sale, all second hand items half price. The EVRA shop is to be cleared away to make space for the new works.
     
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    The concrete floor slabs for the new station building are being laid; these should be complete before the Santa Specials start, work on the building will then pause over the winter. Progress can be viewed on our webcams.

    The brick base, for the second crossing box, at Gorsey Bank has been completed; the kits of parts for the box structures should arrive within the next two weeks.

    Mick Thomas is making signals for use at Shottle, using new steel posts and salvaged fittings; the first two are well on the way to completion. If anyone has any surplus post fittings, or for that matter, just about any mechanical signalling items for disposal we would like to hear from them.

    TSO No.4440 will be going into the maintenance facility shortly for fitting of new steel side panels; A CK has been completed and will be coming out to make the space.

    Bookings for this year's Santa trains are much heavier, about double those of last year at this time.
     
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