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

  1. Jamessquared

    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

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    My last turn was so long ago the damn thing hadn't even been rebuilt with an H class boiler and Wainwright cab ...

    Tom
     
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    They probably weren't allowed to work on it during lockdown. ;)

    PS. A tapered boiler and some brass trinkets would have also helped the appearance. . . .
     
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    Issue 4 of The Bluebell Times is available for download:
    • Raising funds for the railway’s recovery
    • An update on plans to celebrate 60 years of heritage running
    • How the online shop is bringing a little magic into youngsters’ lives
    • Storytime with the Bluebell Railway
    • Plans for a virtual gala of Bluebell Railway locomotives
    • A profile of a locomotive driver nicknamed ‘Yeti’
    • The story of special Bluebell Railway postage stamps
    • An in-depth look at one of our operational locomotives
    • A new Word Search and the answer to the previous puzzle
    • Guess the Year – plus the answers to the competition in the last issue
    • Special kids’ section with a World War II-inspired game
    • And much, much more.
    You can download the latest edition here: https://www.bluebell-railway.com/bluebell-times/

    Tom
     
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    Very sorry to report that Chris White, a plc Director and Loco Driver, passed away last night after a short battle with cancer.

    Chris was the driving force behind the completion of the extension to East Grinstead. He was key in achieving much on the project, not least organising the removal of roughly 100,000 tons of waste from the cutting at the lowest possible cost, but also the challenge posed by Railtrack's plans to sell the reserved station site at East Grinstead to Sainsburys for a petrol station.

    Condolences go to his partner and his family.

    (On a personal note: as a driver, he was always very generous in allowing cleaners and firemen to gain experience of acting up to the next grade; a turn with him was always an enjoyable day. I'll remember in particular a day of running the brake van rides at Horsted Keynes during the Flying Scotsman gala. He was also always assiduous in offering praise to the infrastructure team for what they achieved, often in poor conditions and against a tight timescale, the last few years of track laying being. testament to that effort).

    Tom
     
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    Terrible news; very sad to hear that.

    Noel
     
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    Sad news. I didn't know Chris, but a friend of mine did a lot of lawyering for the East Grinstead extension and was sorry to hear it.
    Pat
     
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    From the Bluebell Railway's Facebook feed tonight:

    We're halfway there

    Our CV Emergency Appeal has now received over £150,000 in donations!

    We are now 50% of the way towards our £300,000 target. These funds will help us secure the future of our Railway and fund the immediate costs of reopening.

    You can make a donation here: http://ow.ly/pCOJ50zLPmX
    Also, look out for Issue 5 of The Bluebell Times on Friday.

    Tom
     
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    30854 Part of the furniture

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    Briefly called in at HK this afternoon. No signs of life around the site, unsurprisingly, but evidence of (what I assume to be) drainage trenches going in and great to see new hedging plants in place around the (sleepered off) car parks. The hedge is going to look fantastic once it's fully matured.
     
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    The biggest issue of The Bluebell Times so far is out now.

    Issue 5 is packed with news, quizzes, puzzles and games to keep you informed and entertained while the railway is closed.

    It’s designed to fill the gap for anyone missing their steam train rides or visits to the Bluebell Railway.

    The newsletter is for everyone – railway staff, volunteers in all departments, members, supporters, visitors, friends, train enthusiasts and general readers. It’s perfect for train-mad youngsters or anyone who wants a bit of light relief.

    In Issue 5:
    • A major milestone is reached in the emergency fundraising appeal
    • Details of how to nominate the railway for more money
    • A family connection to our new-build locomotive
    • Photos from the month of May in years gone by
    • An in-depth look at a locomotive which some call a “spaceship”
    • New puzzles as well as the regular favourites
    • Special kids’ section with a signalling challenge
    And much, much more.

    Download here: https://www.bluebell-railway.com/bluebell-times/
     
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    Tom, thank you for your huge effort which has resulted in an online publication which is now a rival to Bluebell News, except that we get it far more regularly!
    This latest issue is very impressive.
    You know, this pandemic, for all the seismic effect it has had on our society, has resulted in many ways, in a huge spike in enterprising, positive and creative output from this country's society. Col. Tom Moore's exploits have become a symbol of this.
    But we've got our own Tom here.
    Thanks again, dear chap.
     
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    Thank you, that's very kind - though I'm certainly not at Col. Tom level of achievement! Bluebell Times is a collaborative effort, and there are many other people working hard on it, not least the contributors - any publication is only as good as the content you have. What it has allowed us to do - free from the pressures of being precisely topical - is to try to get at some areas of the railway away from the main engineering and operational things that tend to dominate. So a bit more human colour, more from areas like the museum, things like trying to talk to photographers about how they achieved a particular shot. (The one of a 7F from Jon Bowers in Issue 3 was a stunning shot, but also a really interesting read).

    BTW, if there is anyone with an interesting story to tell, or a photographer with a Bluebell shot that they are willing to share and write about, please let me know at bluebelltimes@jamessquared.com

    Thanks

    Tom
     
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