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Bluebell Railway General Discussion

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by Jamessquared, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. DisusedBranch

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    Put a diesel between the O2 and carriages as a brake translator and witness the outpouring of outraged froth from the freeloading linesiders ;)
     
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    Thanks as always for a comprehensive reply, Tom.
     
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    Thanks Tom. Still not been down since Steamworks opened but looking forward to having a look round the next time I visit.
     
  4. Jamessquared

    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

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    I’ve put a new thread up for the Branch Line Gala here: https://www.national-preservation.c...ay-branch-line-gala-15-17-march-2019.1306109/

    Meanwhile - on the “What’s new” page, it was reported that as of last Friday, there was just a single 30ft rail length remaining to join up the 1/2 mile track replacement with the end of what was done last year at Monteswood Lane Bridge. Apart from that single length, it was reported that the track had been relaid in about 80 hours with an average of 8-9 people on site each day. I’m not 100% sure, but from the photo it looked like final ballasting still needed to be done.

    Tom
     
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    That's good going by any standard.
     
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    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

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    Goes without saying that there was a lot of preparation beforehand!

    Tom
     
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    There's another update on the "What's new" page for 1 February covering the winter track relaying.

    https://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/whats_new.html

    A tiny bit of tamping remains on the 1/2 mile section between Monteswood Land and Sloop Bridge, but that section is essentially complete. The tamping was carried out by Balfour Beatty as an operator training exercise. Because the main relaying seems to have happened quicker than planned, the infrastructure team have moved on and are starting on another section of 13 panels north of Caseford bridge, on the run towards Three Arch bridge. (Just over 1/8 mile - see earlier discussion about how much of the track has been relaid and how much remains between SP and HK. Including that section, I make it 4,300 yards of the plain line that has been relaid between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes over the last decade).

    Map: https://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/map_grad.html

    Tom
     
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    Dan Hamblin Part of the furniture

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    An additional bit of good news is that the steelwork for the new two road maintenance shed has been erected as well.

    Regards,

    Dan
     
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    Another update with photos of the 13 panel re-lay at Caseford Bridge is on the What's new page for 7 February: https://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/whats_new.html

    Quoting from there:

    "So in all, over just three days, the old track had been removed, plastic and Terram laid in the cutting section, ballast dozed even and wacked down smooth, all 13 panels of new flat bottom rail laid and a closing half panel of bullhead cut in. Despite the last joint being only fly-plated, and there still being some clipping up to do, the diesel, the ballast train, and the tamper can now run over the job, and ballasting will start on Thursday morning (i.e. today). This renewed section extends northwards from the Waterworks section which was laid in the snow last winter."
    That's in addition to the earlier 44 chain section done in January. That section came in ahead of time and under budget which was what allowed this Caseford bridge section to be done.

    Tom
     
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    From the eNewsletter

    Provisional Numbers Show Healthy Visitor Increase in 2018

    The provisional visitor numbers indicate a very strong performance in 2018, with total visitors (travel plus admissions) at 159,095, compared with 145,788 in 2017 (a year that included the “Flying Scotsman” event).

    The Railway saw 145,989 customers travelling in 2018, up 12%. Although the Railway did not benefit from the visit of “Tornado”, strong showings at events such as Branch Line Weekend and the Autumn Gala (with the visit of “Union of South Africa”) all helped growth. Travel numbers showed growth across all months from May to October. For instance, August showed total visitors (travel plus admissions) at 25,398, compared with 19,205 the previous year.

    There can be no doubt that the introduction of Third Party Travel Vouchers was a key contributor to the increase in visitor numbers, and the use of these in a more targeted and selective manner is under consideration for 2019.

    Station admissions—at 13,106—were down on the 2017 number of 15,651. The 2017 number, however, benefited from the impact of “Flying Scotsman”. This year, it will be interesting to see if the ASH/SteamWorks! project will positively impact non-travelling visitors at Sheffield Park, which represented 75% of total admissions sold in 2018.

    The highly successful 2018 Santa Season also helped with the boost in visitor numbers, and first class remains a feature, accounting for 8% of Santa bookings and 24% of the 612 booking the Festive Feast.

    The boost in numbers is both welcome and reassuring, but there is plenty to be done not only to build the numbers still further but also to ensure efficient and economic delivery of our products. Santa Season 2018 is a good example of efficiency in action: we carried nearly 1,000 more passengers this year but on the same number of trains (53) as we ran in 2017.

    By Roger Garman, Communications Director
     
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    And also from the eNewsletter:

    No. 12058: Revitalised Wagon Group Gets to Work

    A small group of volunteers, led by Laurie Anderson, have restarted work on the 1946 built Bullied open wagon No. 12058. (This one: https://www.bluebell-railway.co.uk/bluebell/pic2/wagons/sr12058.html)

    The wagon was acquired by the Railway in 2005 from Eastleigh Works, where it had been in use as an adapter wagon for moving electric multiple units around the works. The body work had been removed and redundant wagon wheels welded to the frame to act as ballast, but the underframe remained in good condition.

    In view of this situation, it was decided to remake and fit the bodywork, restoring the wagon to its original Bulleid-era condition. Work got underway with the Eastleigh Works modifications being removed and a start made on assembling/fabricating some of the metalwork for the body. Unfortunately, for various reasons, no further work had been undertaken since 2013 until January this year.

    The Bulleid Society has kindly agreed to sponsor the cost of materials for the project. Various fittings including the buffers, brake gear, and other components have been removed for cleaning up with a view to grit blasting the underframe, hopefully in March.

    There is also some work to be done to maintain our running fleet, and it is hoped that once the relaying in the down yard is complete, it will be possible to bring over some of the running fleet for some TLC.

    Due to work commitments of the group, work days are irregular at present. However, as the wagon group gets re-established, it is hoped to organise a regular working day at least once a month as we are hoping to expand the group of volunteers interested in working on our wagon fleet.

    If you are interested in volunteering on this project, please contact me at david@rhydderch.co.uk
     
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    Ah yes I forgot I got my pts down at the bluebell for free
     
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    Why is there so much froth and anger about painting the Adams Radial in BR Black? - I'm looking forward to seeing her as that's, to me, the livery she's most associated with from the Lyme Regis branch. Plus the Drummond chimney looks so much nicer than the stovepipe...
     

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