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Bluebell Railway General Discussion

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

  1. Cuckoo Line

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    Maybe a few apples or pears got in the boiler and fermented !
     
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    Big Al Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Moderator

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    On this coming Saturday (17th) it looks as though 6989 will be working. Does anyone have any insights into which part of the roster it will be on or is it pot luck on the day?
     
  3. Jamessquared

    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

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    If is working it will be the A engine. But I’m not sure if it will be yet; check nearer the time.

    Tom
     
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    If you're in a hard water area, that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing and it'd make blowdowns smell so much nicer. ;)
     
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    I am booked on a photo charter with 6989 later this month , and there is still some uncertainty as to when 6989 will re-enter traffic, since they were still awaiting some replacement parts. I would suggest checking the roster nearer the time.
     
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    Add a drowned rat, or two, and you 'll have Bluebell vintage cider, ,
    Does the railway have track in storage to extend the Ardingly branch, from its current length? through running I think would never be worth the expence, but saying that, having a connection into the main line, at both Haywards Heath, and East Grinstead could be marketed very well, especially for the dining train market,
    for footplate days and ways, it might even be a way to offer footplate experience, without impacting the main operation, as the set could be kept separate from the main route.
     
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    In addition to what the others have said. I would recommend ringing the railway up the day or morning before and see.
     
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    According to the PTI, the sets during the Beer Festival are:
    *Set A 30541, MK1 X4 and a Bulleid
    *Set B Fenchurch, 2 Bulleids and 2 Maunsells
    *Set C Wightwick Hall, the 3 pre-grouping bogie coaches and a Maunsell

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    I kind of doubt it!

    Our diagrams at the moment just say Set A, set B, set C and Loco A, B and C. Sets A and C look to be doing full line trips on Saturday and Sunday; Set B is a Sheffield Park - Horsted Keynes shuttle during the day; and does the evening trains on Saturday night to East Grinstead. (Set C seems to be the shuttle / evening service on Friday). No doubt all will be clear by the Saturday night when it is my job to put all the toys back in the box in the right order ready for Sunday morning ...

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    Yes please. May go provided Southern are not having a duvet day
     
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    Fenchurch has passed its steam test today according to the Facebook page. Hopefully not long before we see it running trains - just a touch too late for this weekend!
     
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    Picture accompanying the Facebook announcement:
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    Hopefully the repairs to the Hall are going ok and it will be fit to run from Friday?
     
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    Yay! beautiful!
    What's with the Indian- style star on the smokebox door?
     
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    Indian?
    What's with the Scottish star on the smokebox. :)
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    The repairs are apparently dependent on the loco owning group being able to field volunteers to carry out the work, and they have not been able to this week, might be able to next week. Photo charter next week has been cancelled since too short notice.
     
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    What will seem likely then is 80151 running instead alongside the Q and O1
     
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    Ah gets it! Highland bling.
     

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