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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

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

  1. sleepermonster

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    The former Oddingley level crossing box is now looking very smart and ready for promotion to crossing loop signal box.

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    Something distinctly unusual in the yard this morning: a brand new, bright blue, battery bogie shunter. Built by Claytons, bound for Tata Steel. Currently on test and staying for at least a few more days.
     
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    Two arrivals for Easter.
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    I enjoyed the diesel gala on Friday, I'm not a vintage diesel aficionado (I like them but I don't have much knowledge of the different classes etc.) but the two-train (plus Ravenstor incline) service was much appreciated with the trains passing at Shottle adding interest, and the cider from the on-train bar went down well. Also it's great to see the progress on the new Wirksworth station building - one of the roofers seemed to make fairly spectacular progress in just a few hours!

    I wonder if a beer tent on the platform at Wirksworth would have been justified?
     
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    I think a beer tent would have been a bit of a commercial risk given the very patchy weather, though from my own observation a lot of beer was drunk. What we really need is a proper station building in which to serve beer.

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    More news from Wirksworth: the structure of the new toilet block is now up to eaves level and should be operational within about a month or so. This will mean the demise of the notorious "extra ladies around the corner", when the members of the queue are invited to use the staff facility in times of stress.

    The electric carriage jacks have been commissioned and work on the shed extension is said to be "imminent". Meanwhile Car No.79 has arrived from the NYMR for contract repair. This pullman was originally rescued from a Sheffield scrapyard where it served as the site office in 1973; I was at school then and did a double take when I realised it had the same number as my Triang-Hornby model.

    The Thomas Hill dieaels, Tom and Meghan, which were on loan have now been purchased with their spares at a very reasonable price.
     
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    The new jacks in action. Made by SEFAC, French I think.
     

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