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Cholsey and Wallingford

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by m wainwright, Dec 18, 2017.

  1. mdewell

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    That assumes that the host railway actually have steam qualified crews available. There are, I think, quite a few heritage railways that have no home based steam locos, and hence little chance for their footplate crews to gain the necessary experience. Those must by necessity rely on the support staff for any hired in steam locos to provide the crew (accompanied of course by local train crew acting as pilot men).
    All a bit chicken and egg. . .
     
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    5197 waits just outside Wallingford for the show to start.
     
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    D2DF5694-BB0F-4C53-8302-2D0349AA1922.jpeg Full marks to the C&W (and supporting bodies). We saw the Polar Express Thur night (16:12) and mightily impressed - with the loco and the wider set-up. Tried to book a month ago but too late even then. Will sort a donation as the memory of the S160 chuffing away from Cholsey in the dark will stay with me for a long time. Volunteers friendly as ever and handing out 2022 leaflets. My shot below.
     
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    This is a good move. Next there will be a big great western visiting. That will be a thing to see
     
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    Sadly we have had to cancel the last 5 days of Polar because of Covid and the significant staffing issues it is causing. A dissapointing end to what has overall been an excellent year for the C&WR, with the vast majority of trains sold out and record turnover from operations. Plans are already progressing for Polar to return in 2022, along with a slightly increased and more predictable main running season which starts in April. Plenty of sleepers to change between now and then though!
     
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    And 5526 from The South Devon is hauling them! Here is the train out on a rehearsal run on Tuesday afternoon. We start welcoming over 28,000 passengers from Thursday! (Photo: A Stead)

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    Another one from A Stead of 5526 pulling away from Church Bridge in Cholsey. The first train of happy paying passengers have just been taken to the North Pole. Plenty more over the next 4 weeks, during which we're running over 100 trains!

    Lots of exciting developments at Wallingford in the pipeline, which Polar helps pay for. I'll try to do a more detailed post after Christmas. In the meantime if you want a monthly news digest email from us then sign up for 'Bunk Extra' here https://mailchi.mp/4ae2b6e42bb6/sign-up-to-bunk-extra

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    Some impressive drone footage of 5526 was shot this afternoon by Niall Hammond.

    The train has just passed under Church Bridge at Cholsey and is heading down what we know as 'sewer straight' with Manor Farm in the background, heading towards Wallingford.

    https://youtu.be/Ev1CQ4FYwgs
     

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