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.

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by martinr1, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. sleepermonster

    sleepermonster Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2007
    Messages:
    675
    Likes Received:
    370
    Our main steam running plans for 2019 have been released for publication:

    LYR A class 0-6-0 will visit between 19th April and 16th June

    BR 2MT No. 78018 will visit between 15th June and 8th September.

    The Barclay tanks will be operating the incline on selected dates and both visitors will be operating on the steam gala weekend, 15/16 June. There might just be another steam locomotive operational at some point next year.

    Meanwhile, the new station building is making good progress, the outer walls are starting to go up. Santa bookings are going quite well, slightly but significantly up on last year so far.
     
    flying scotsman123 likes this.
  2. flying scotsman123

    flying scotsman123 Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    6,114
    Likes Received:
    6,468
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Cheltenham, or Sheffield
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Sounds great, I'll certainly be along to see the A class at least!
     
  3. jackshepherd

    jackshepherd Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2012
    Messages:
    270
    Likes Received:
    88
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Bus Shunter
    Location:
    Essex
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    I'll certainly be visiting for the steam gala then :)
     
    and60007 and Gav106 like this.
  4. sleepermonster

    sleepermonster Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2007
    Messages:
    675
    Likes Received:
    370
    Progress on one of the LMR brake vans at Wirksworth; still quite a bit to do but it should be ready next season. Painting by Craig Hibbert and Phil Hutson, photo by Craig Hibbert.

    More news on the June gala plans: there should be steam on the incline as well, and also from Platform 1 to Wash Green.
     

    Attached Files:

  5. sleepermonster

    sleepermonster Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2007
    Messages:
    675
    Likes Received:
    370
    The new station building is making good progress, roof timbers on the Phase One structure are now going up, much of this can be seen live on the Station To Yard camera through the railway website. This and several other projects will be available for inspection and discussion at the Open Day on Saturday 16th February. Entrance to the Open Day itself is free, naturally we particularly wish to hear from anyone interested in joining and/or working as a volunteer. Diesel trains will be running on the day, half price fares for anyone taking out membership on the day.
     
    56092 likes this.
  6. sleepermonster

    sleepermonster Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2007
    Messages:
    675
    Likes Received:
    370
    The railway is busy gearing up for the Multiple Memories Weekend on 16/17 March. Meanwhile, more good progress is being made on Phase 1 of the new station building, the roof structure is well advanced. The steel supports for Shottle Signal Box have been erected and the refurbished cabin should be craned into place before too long.
     
    48624, 56092, Corbs and 2 others like this.
  7. sleepermonster

    sleepermonster Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2007
    Messages:
    675
    Likes Received:
    370
    Yet more progress on the station building; the windows and doors have been installed, the roof insulation is in place and the roof tiles should follow shortly. If you are planning to visit the railway and live in Derbyshire you may like to make use of the 2 for 1 voucher at the rear of the current Derbyshire Now! magazine. These vouchers are valid on ordinary services through the year, but not at some gala weekends.
     
  8. sleepermonster

    sleepermonster Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2007
    Messages:
    675
    Likes Received:
    370
    The "Multiple Memories" Gala seems to have been a success; Saturday was a washout of course, but the weather was much brighter on Sunday and we seem to have had a lot of visitors.

    The new station building continues to make good progress; the waterproof sheeting is going on the roof in readiness for the tiles. As we used to say on the roof of Buxton goods shed 30 years ago, "he who laths last laths longest".
     
    56092 likes this.
  9. M59137

    M59137 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,026
    Likes Received:
    944
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Carriage & Wagon
    Location:
    Sheringham
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Are there any imminent plans to develop the second platform at Shottle? During my visit on Saturday we noticed the good progress on upgrading the signalling arrangements (i.e. the box), but the trains still pass through in the down direction non-stop preventing efficient swapping between trains. There appears to be a small platform not yet in use?

    I realise "leaping" between trains is a priority only for enthusiasts during galas, and therefore won't represent a key development for the railway's 99% of day to day public trade.... However I still ask as I'm curious. On Saturday, I changed trains by jumping off at Idridgehay and waiting 10 minutes for the set coming the other way, getting a serious dousing in the process! It was still an enjoyable gala though, I'm pleased the EVR keeps the event in their calender as so few railways run DMU galas! Look forward to next year!

    Sent from my HTC U Play using Tapatalk
     
  10. sleepermonster

    sleepermonster Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2007
    Messages:
    675
    Likes Received:
    370
    The answer is yes, but it will not be absolutely imminent. The current priority for the civil engineering team is to complete the pre-season work to the track, fencing, and especially the drainage. Next, get the Oddingley crossing cabin up on the new steel supports to become Shottle Signal Box. There is also an urgent need to build at least one extra carriage siding, as the website pictures show. Meanwhile, the supporters association, EVRA is heavily committed to the new station building and an extension to the carriage shed is under construction; Wirksworth needs at least the beginning of a signalling system so that passenger trains can use platform 1. Even timber platforms cost a substantial amount of money. Subject to all that, yes we do intend to complete the Shottle Down platform and build an access to it.

    There are two other things we would really like to get our hands on: a signal box lever frame (or two), preferably the REC/LMS 4 1/2" tappet pattern and a decent handy sized P.W. rail crane. The WyvernRail share issue is still open....
     
    M59137, 49010, jnc and 1 other person like this.
  11. 49010

    49010 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2012
    Messages:
    931
    Likes Received:
    818
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Gentleman of Leisure
    Location:
    Stockport
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    I brought the Old Man down for the Saturday of the Gala and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The only (slight) gripe would be that it's a long way down from a DMU to the platform at Idridgehay (we got off there to switch trains and also to cop the Station).

    The Old Man is in his 80's and it although we managed to get off alright getting back on the next train was a bit of a problem and we had to use the steps to get into the Guards Van, we managed that OK but...

    I wondered at the time if it might have been better to have at least one carriage alongside the raised part of the platform, thus making embarking/disembarking easier.

    Anyway, that being said we enjoyed the day out, in spite of the rain, and each year the EVR is one line the Old Man looks forward to visiting (he's a fan of anything Midland Railway) and so do I. Keep up the good work, it is evident to all and is definitely appreciated.
     
  12. seawright

    seawright New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2012
    Messages:
    140
    Likes Received:
    15
  13. marshall5

    marshall5 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2010
    Messages:
    1,171
    Likes Received:
    877
    Location:
    i.o.m
    Wasn't an experimental light rail vehicle undergoing trials there?
    Ray.
     
  14. Ploughman

    Ploughman Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2008
    Messages:
    3,941
    Likes Received:
    1,346
    Occupation:
    Ex a lot of things.
    Location:
    Near where the 3 Ridings meet
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Looks like it has something bigger behind it.
    Is there a Wickham coach unit at the site?
     
  15. 3855

    3855 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2008
    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    220
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    inside a boiler
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    5944 likes this.
  16. Gav106

    Gav106 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2010
    Messages:
    1,556
    Likes Received:
    1,343
    Location:
    Nantwich, Cheshire
    FB_IMG_1553630476446.jpg
    Photo from Facebook. Image belonging to Nick Melling.
     
    seawright likes this.
  17. seawright

    seawright New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2012
    Messages:
    140
    Likes Received:
    15
    Got lost trying to find Crich or someone's university degree project?
     
  18. sleepermonster

    sleepermonster Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2007
    Messages:
    675
    Likes Received:
    370
    It is an ex-Blackpool tram, converted to a battery powered research vehicle with a perspex observation floor. Take a close look at the bogies: I'm not sure of the details, but I think one of them has self steering stub axles.
     
    seawright likes this.
  19. TseTT

    TseTT New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2011
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    25
    I may know of one up for sale.
     
  20. sleepermonster

    sleepermonster Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2007
    Messages:
    675
    Likes Received:
    370
    We are still looking for a crane; please can you send me a private message.
     

Share This Page