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Bluebell Railway General Discussion

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

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    Here's part seven of my video taken on the Bluebell Railway last year:



    One more episode still to be edited...

    TTFN,

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    Interesting that the Kerr, Stuart was evidently considered the more interesting loco. How times change...!

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    From photos on Facebook, it appears that the last panel of track in the winter relay has been laid - ballasting and tamping still to do, but the line is joined up. That means there is now a continuous section of new line from the foot of Freshfield Bank to Horsted Keynes.

    Also, it looks like the new Horsted Keynes up home signal will be commissioned by time the line reopens in February. The old signal was a bracket mounted to the right of the running line, with a single upper quadrant arm, a theatre indicator to show which road was selected, and a position light signal for shunt moves.

    The new signal is to the left of the running line and somewhat lower, still a single main arm and theatre indicator, but with a semaphore calling on arm rather than the position lights signal (i.e. a red /white / red longitudinal striped arm with a large "C" on it). The theatre indicator also appears to be of a different style, though I'm not enough of a signalling expert to know the history of how those designs changed. Different sight lines for us all to work out, no doubt ...

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    Interesting about the replacement of Horsted's up home signal. To refresh my mind about the "old" up home, I dug out some photos taken over time and thought these two may be of interest. The first dates from May 2015 when I had a footplate ride on 1638. The second is from last October when Clan Line was operating. Not only is the signal interesting but just look at the developments in the old down yard in the intervening six years. The Bluebell is certainly not standing still. IMG_1969 (3) copy.jpg mini_IMG_1458 copy.jpg

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    Shock Horror!!The old yard is now smart!!
     
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    Rust on that water column ahs really not come on that much in 6 years either!
     
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    Answering my own question about the route indicator, the "new" one is apparently an SR-pattern casing, but with modern innards with LED rather than incandescent bulbs. The whole signal looks better than the gantry, IMHO, with a semaphore calling-on arm.

    It has been transformed over the last few years, partly to enable access to the new carriage shed, partly to provide a better P/Way base.

    @torgormaig photos show the developments quite well. Taking the 2015 photo first, the furthest left building, with one track disconnected at that point, is the original C&W works, dating I think from the 1970s. Next to it is the "Carriage Works Extension", finished in 2000. Those two buildings are the primary place for carriage overhauls, though in the past the extension has been used for storing a few carriages over the winter.

    Coming to the more recent photo, the first gabled building is the maintenance road. This has a pit, hard standing for lifting jacks and a higher roof line than the rest of the complex along part of its length to allow carriages to be lifted. This is the primary space for routine maintenance and inspection of operational carriages. It is I believe equivalent in length to six Mark 1s.

    The next gabled area, with four roads, is the "OP4" storage shed. Because of the road layout at the far end, it shortens in length the further to the right you go, but it is in practice equivalent to about 20 mark 1 carriages: given vintage carriages are generally shorter, it will take slightly more than that. The primary aim of that building is to store the wooden carriages that are awaiting restoration.

    Finally, out of sight in Peter's photo is a two story lean-to building along the eastern side. This is the "Heritage Skills Centre" that was recently signed over for use. The trimming shop has moved in to part of that space; we'll see what else goes into there.

    The Google satellite view shows the revised track layout quite well; the last road in OP4 has been connected since their photo was taken. https://www.google.com/maps/@51.0450645,-0.0452892,283m/data=!3m1!1e3

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