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Bluebell Railway General Discussion

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

  1. Fireline

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    There's something to have on your "Welcome to East Grinstead" signs....
     
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    Neither of which can claim to be the global home of scientology
     
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    torgormaig Part of the furniture Friend

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    A colleague of mine was involved as the driver of the fake locomotive used last year in the filming of Mission Impossible on the NYMR. At one point during a lull in the filming the star dropped down into the cab through the roof (as you do:cool:) and stopped for a brief chat. Do you know the Bluebell Railway in Sussex my mate was asked. Yes I've been there once or twice he replied. I live quite close to it says the star and like to visit it when I can. Of course Tom Cruise is an enthusiastic supporter of Scientology and it seems that he counts East Grinstead as home - or at least one of his many homes:).

    Peter
     
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    Didn't the infamous Dr Beeching live there?
     
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    Not infamous at all. Remember that G Fiennes called him "the great and good Doctor".
     
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    Yes. There is a road named after him, that is on the course of a closed railway line.
     
  7. johnofwessex

    johnofwessex Resident of Nat Pres

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    Forest Row, all the Raving Nazi's sorry Steiner folk
     
  8. Jamessquared

    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

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    Moving swiftly on …

    Tom
     
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    :)I feel discussion about the Bluebell Railway has taken a rather peculiar turn
     
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    I’m in agreement, but I’m going down the Tim from ‘The Office’ wormhole, and want to hear more. :)
     
  11. Steve

    Steve Resident of Nat Pres Friend

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    Perhaps more interesting than talking about SECR locos, though. ;)
    (That’s any semblance of friendship with Tom out of the window. )
     
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    Screenshot_20231201-102729.png Screenshot_20231201-102813.png
     
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    Presumably crash-worthiness of the ends is not an issue, then?
     
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    GSM-R, OTMR, CET, CDL and alterations to the couplings - that's a lot of work for £50k.
    It's also a lot of acronyms!
     
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    Will ownership one day be transferred to the SETG from the Bluebell I wonder? The Bluebell doesn’t seem to have use for 3417, and the SETG are putting a lot of time, effort and money into it.
     
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    To operate on Bluebell it would need either batteries or propelled by the 73 or 33 so yes I guess use is limited there but if it could go mainline I assume it opens up excursions from/to East Grinstead and the Bluebell interchange there, so maybe tours steam from Sheffield Park and then electric to who knows where ?
     
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    Well using the ORR's "high" CDL figure in 2021 pounds around £30K of that will go to CDL, and as it was retired from the network I assume NR will not be funding the CET's either. £50K does seem light unless they already have a wad of notes down the back of the sofa.
     
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    Yes Don, but bear in mind that could be spoiled on a winter's day when there is ice on the conductor rails, we might end up with a steam loco on the back!
     
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    The latest issue of The Bluebell Times is now available to view for December.

    In This Edition:
    • A major appeal to get our 4-VEP running on the mainline next year
    • Sir Archibald Sinclair enters service on our Santa Specials.
    • A driver’s view of a commercial goods train – ten years later.
    • A Christmas message from the Railway’s Chaplain.
    • Save the dates for next year’s Society AGM, Members' Day & Bluebell Staff Party.
    • A busy 2024 is planned- but keeping focus on the underlying business.
    You can download from here: https://www.bluebell-railway.com/bluebell-times/

    Tom
     

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