If you register, you can do a lot more. And become an active part of our growing community. You'll have access to hidden forums, and enjoy the ability of replying and starting conversations.

Bluebell Railway Terrier Gala: 29th - 31st July 2022

Discussion in 'Galas and Events' started by WesternRegionHampshireman, Mar 26, 2022.

  1. Big Al

    Big Al Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    May 30, 2009
    Messages:
    19,523
    Likes Received:
    18,677
    Location:
    1016
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Put out by the crew on 80151 on the 1130 ex East Grinstead I thought.
     
  2. David likes trains

    David likes trains Member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2014
    Messages:
    666
    Likes Received:
    2,573
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Colchester
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    There was a decent sized grass fire on the west side of the cutting in the afternoon after 30541 left with the 1447 to EG, near where the cottages are. Credit to the staff, they got on top of it and it was just smouldering when the fire engine arrived. From the station announcements there were a few other fires today that delayed things, at least one on Freshfield bank.
     
  3. Ben Jenden

    Ben Jenden Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2019
    Messages:
    527
    Likes Received:
    350
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Croydon
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    4/5 lineside fires in all today
     
  4. A1X

    A1X Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2011
    Messages:
    1,068
    Likes Received:
    887
    Occupation:
    Insurance
    Location:
    Good Old Sussex by the Sea
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    That was the Freshfield Bank fire, the HK one was put out by several buckets of water from the station, the crew of Poplar whacking it with shovels, some water from the refreshment stalls on the paddock field and (eventually) East Sussex fire brigade.

    The Q seems to be the guilty party on both occasions, though.
     
  5. Paul Grant

    Paul Grant Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2010
    Messages:
    780
    Likes Received:
    563
    Location:
    Fife
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    And the bus broke down. Damn, did Lemony Snicket organise this event? Because its a serious of unfortunate events and its not even in the throes of Saturday and Sunday running. Hopefully their luck improves.
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2022
  6. misspentyouth62

    misspentyouth62 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2017
    Messages:
    1,126
    Likes Received:
    1,383
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    34D, now flexible
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    I had intended to visit today (Saturday) but due to industrial action planned, decided it would be better to go on Friday despite the railfare being considerably more. I managed to get to EG in time for the first working at 10.15 and it was soon apparent that there were disgruntled due to the Hall being failed. I felt this to be harsh since no HR can predict engines being pulled for reasons beyond their control.

    I am seemingly more pragmatic & relaxed about such things and a good day started with 30541 to SP. Most of the train decamped at Kingscote to throng to the visiting Terriers already in situ.

    I was in the first compartment behind Poplar & W11 leaving SP at 12.30 and despite the disappointing failure of the former, felt somewhat relieved that it was failed in the platform at HK allowing the other trains to pass in both directions. Had the train been failed elsewhere things could have been far worse.

    Railway Galas need to be planned well in advance and expectations that things shouldn't go wrong can sometimes in my opinion, overtake the reality. **** Happens and the test of a good HR is how situations are managed in the heat of the moment. I came away thinking that both Terrier crews and station staff at HK did exceptionally well, especially as it didn't seem a clear cut decision at first to not continue.

    The only sound / experience I can say was that W11 seemed to be suffering from one safety valve that needed fettling and constantly blowing off, whilst there seemed to be a 'slipping' when braking into HK? The train had successfully stopped and restarted en-route between SP & HK to recover a crew members hat that had been lost on an earlier working.

    I have no personal criticism of the Bluebell Railway and I enjoyed my day in the sunshine - only Thameslink who struggle to maintain their service at the best of times :)

    Rail replacement bus home was another story to be told elsewhere!
     
  7. Big Al

    Big Al Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    May 30, 2009
    Messages:
    19,523
    Likes Received:
    18,677
    Location:
    1016
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    No I was talking about the approach to HK when the 11:30 from EG stopped and one of the crew took a bucket of water to what may have been an old burning that had re-ignited. Was interesting to see the pep pipe used to spray the area.
     
  8. Rebeccajane

    Rebeccajane Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2005
    Messages:
    951
    Likes Received:
    0
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Stevenage
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Hope nothing else breaks down before we visit tomorrow :(
     
  9. Paul42

    Paul42 Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2006
    Messages:
    5,426
    Likes Received:
    2,528
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    East Grinstead
    Jamessquared likes this.
  10. peckett

    peckett Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2006
    Messages:
    603
    Likes Received:
    405
    Yes I was on that train.The hold up was no more than 5/6 mims ,whats a pep pipe,do you mean a slackiing hose that most locos carries for damping the coal dust down.
    Any how two photo's attached ,one of the pair about to leave Kingscote with the 11.05,there was a bit of primming when leaving from the leading loco ,second loco free wheeling.I photo'ed that on black and white ,so I will have to waite until l procces the film to see the results of that photo'.The other photo ,the pair arriving at HK with the 12.30 from SP.The train terminated there.
     

    Attached Files:

  11. Jamessquared

    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    23,887
    Likes Received:
    48,340
    Location:
    LBSC 215
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Yes - slacking pipe, slacker pipe, pep pipe all seem to get used somewhat interchangeably for the same thing. I assume the etymology of "slacking" pipe is related to slaking

    Tom
     
    torgormaig likes this.
  12. Big Al

    Big Al Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    May 30, 2009
    Messages:
    19,523
    Likes Received:
    18,677
    Location:
    1016
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Will acknowledge the greater wisdom of @Jamessquared but I have to say on the Southern it was generally the case that crews I spoke to used pep pipe as the normal description. I have to say that the pressure behind one helps you understand why the driver was either off the footplate or with his feet up if the fireman used one!
     
    Jamessquared likes this.
  13. Jamessquared

    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    23,887
    Likes Received:
    48,340
    Location:
    LBSC 215
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    My hunch is some kind of regional variation in usage, so that observation is interesting. I’ve heard all terms used, but on the Bluebell “pep pipe” seems to be the predominant term.

    Tom
     
  14. Paulthehitch

    Paulthehitch Member

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2020
    Messages:
    933
    Likes Received:
    985
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Hayling Island
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Suggest you discuss this with someone with experience of handling a small boilered locomotive. They need to be kept on the boil even at the expense of some steam loss. W11performs very well.
     
    clinker likes this.
  15. 60019 Bittern

    60019 Bittern New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2007
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    14
    W11's safety valves lifted light at around 130ish and according to the IOW reps, wouldn't stop until the pressure went below 100. I didn't fancy letting it get that low but as irritating as it was, her steaming capabilities weren't diminished admittedly on a light load. This aside, she was an utter delight to work on.
     
  16. Paul42

    Paul42 Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2006
    Messages:
    5,426
    Likes Received:
    2,528
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    East Grinstead
    The day started for me with an early morning photo with W11 plus Birdcage and Hundred Seater ( was originally due to be Popular and pregrouping goods) where the first run past just South of HK had the best exhaust ( see https://www.national-preservation.c...eneral-discussion.39323/page-273#post-2755096) before the tempatures started to rise before 8am!
    After the Charter I headed home , then walked to East Grinstead station to catch the first departure South behind the Q.The Front Cairrage behind the loco was
    London Brighton & South Coast Railway Bogie First No. 142, (SR No. 7598)l and with no addtional charge for first class at Gala, I had a very comfortable ride down to Sheffield Park where I had breakfast . After visiting the Project 27 stand, the shop and the loco shed I realised that I had missed my planned train, but the stock behind the next train, to be hauled by the 01 and W11, included Maunsell Droplight Open Third No. 1336 my favourite coach on the line. All the windows were open, which was appreciated on the run up to Kingscote. A quick change to the train hauled by the Q this time I found a seat in Southern Railway Bulleid Open Third No. 1464 down to Horsted Keynes for Pint and an icecream. While i was there realised I had lost my camera ( probably left it on the train since it would not fit in my rucksack after my recent purchases ), after speaking to one of the statin staff ( who checked it had no been handed in at HK), I was advised to take the next train to Sheffield Park. One of the station staff had found it and stored it in the station house. After some further refreshment I headed back to East Grinatead behind the 80151 in a mark 1 1st class compartment. On arrival I had just walked past the loco and heard someone call , and on walking back it was Ian Wright who said " so you are not going to say hello then" .After having a brief chat I headed home. A very enjoyable if some what eventful day.
     
  17. Paul42

    Paul42 Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2006
    Messages:
    5,426
    Likes Received:
    2,528
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    East Grinstead
    Some photos taken using my phones camera .
    DSC_1241-02.jpeg DSC_1240-01.jpeg DSC_0000_BURST20220730114953159_COVER-01.jpeg DSC_1243-01-01.jpeg
     
  18. Wagoniester

    Wagoniester Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2017
    Messages:
    441
    Likes Received:
    549
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Essex
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    "Can we have all four together in the shed?"
    "Yes - yes we can!"
    Poplar was shunted under cover last night and an opportunity to have four terriers together was too good to miss.
     

    Attached Files:

    black5, ykin01, Mick45305 and 8 others like this.
  19. WesternRegionHampshireman

    WesternRegionHampshireman Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2021
    Messages:
    605
    Likes Received:
    132
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Hampshire
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Just goes to show, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade! ;)
    I throughly enjoyed myself yesterday, despite the hiccups, first time behind 65 and 80151, nice to see some older and newer coaches run side by side and generally revisiting my favourite Southern railway. :D
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2022
  20. peckett

    peckett Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2006
    Messages:
    603
    Likes Received:
    405
    I've had plenty of experance of non pop savety valves.All of our engines of were 160lb. After the once a year boiler exam/ test, and then re assemblying of the safety valves, we could get them to start blowing of at 150 to fully at 160 .After weeks and months went by ,they would get down to start blowing off at about 130 on one valve.This was anoying at meal breaks.So we would take it in turns to go out and give the valve a tap with a hammer to shut them up.
     

Share This Page