Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by martinr1, Sep 12, 2014.
Did you get it with the rotator as used in the video?
Frankly, I'm blessed if I know. Mike Fairburn organised it, it arrived on the day before the lockdown and very few people have even seen it.
Many thanks to everyone who has supported or is continuing to support our appeal, we are still managing financially and slowly bringing the railway out of hibernation; gradually our method statements and risk assessments working up will meet the government restrictions coming down. The O & K machine has passed insurance tests. We already had in our stores a rotary grab which was too big for our existing Komatsu, but may fit this and may be suitable for sleeper changing. Another acquisition, financed by a supporter, is a rail end straightener, which is a powerful hydraulic jacking system which can bend rails upwards. It should be an effective solution for dropped joints. We have a number of testing contracts due to start later this summer and a limited amount of work is being authorised to enable this testing to take place; all work on the railway must be specifically authorised by the directors, and all workers must log in online and observe suitable precautions. There is no set date for either the resumption of passenger services or visits by the public.
The cabin of Shottle Signal Box has now been installed on the base supports; it will be required for a further testing contract for a new single line block protection system. The cost of the lift was partly met by a generous donation from the testing client concerned, we also had the benefit of a good price from the lifting contractor who were sending a machine south and gave us the opportunity to make use of it on the way. Messrs TXM Plant of Doncaster did an excellent job.
Excellent signs of progress Tim, and some smart work going on to develop positive relationships with commercial organisations. I’m a long suffering supporter of t’other railway over the hill, the contrast between your line’s approach to getting things done and ‘my’ line is clear to see. But we both know who the root cause is of t’other railway’s problems!
I gather the work at Shottle has attracted a lot of interest from the technical railway press and the signalling side of the industry. Meanwhile the new toilet block has just been completed and we are working to a target re-opening date of 24th July, actual opening will be subject to confirmation, but that is the target for our planning purposes.
Here is one item.
It would be great to see the junction re instated at Duffield but to alter the interlocking in the ROC and install signalling on the ground would cost millions and would therefore be out of the question for a heritage railway. The only way i could ever see that happening would be if the branch was to be used by regular timetableded commuter trains to Derby and/or beyond but then the train service would probably be too painfully slow and tedious in this day and age to be practicable
The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway will restart operations from 25th July, with diesel hauled compartment stock. We are selling "Bounce back" Tickets at £30 per compartment, up to six people may travel on each ticket. All journeys are to be pre-booked and start and end at Wirksworth; Duffield Station is closed. Tickets seem to be selling quite well.
9466 is to visit this year and next https://www.facebook.com/wyvernrail/posts/10157104112822175
Here is a link to an excellent compilation of photographs of the rescue and re-installation of Oddingley Box at Shottle, with many thanks to Don Coffey who issued it, Neil Ferguson-Lee who compiled it and Ian Bowley who provided drone footage of the recent lifting operation:
Wirksworth Station has been extraordinarily busy over the last few weeks; the compartment stock, normally the cinderellas of the fleet, have been thoroughly cleaned and overhauled, and "ghost trains" have been operating for re-familiarisation of staff. Radio Derby will be visiting this week for a very private opening ceremony for the new toilet block. Bookings for the bubble tickets are coming in steadily, the diesel hauled trains leave Wirksworth at 11-15, 13-20, 15-15 on Saturdays and Sundays; all tickets must be booked on line and in advance, however that does include booking by phone from the car park if seats are available.
Yesterday the railway reopened for passengers following the Coronavirus lockdown. Lots of hard work and training has taken place over the last month or so to prepare for today and it went extremely well.
Visitors were very complimentary about how the railway looked, the new toilet facilities and the efforts everyone was making to help keep them safe. We know it isn't quite the experience it was before but visitors didn't seem to mind and we had some very positive feedback.
The EVRA museum and shop at Wirksworth has re-opened, fortunately it is large enough for visitors to space themselves out under the supervision of the doorman. I gather business was quite brisk.
A constant theme in last night's EVR board meeting meeting was just how hard the staff and volunteers had been working to get the railway opening again and to produce such a high standard of operation, which has had some very positive reviews. While the fares were set low, the buffet catering has done very well. We hear the home made cakes in the buffet are well worth a visit. Sadly due to the days and nature of the operation we do not attract the government restaurant subsidy, but on the whole the picture is promising.
The board resolved to extend the time tabled operations by re-introducing Thursday trains with effect from 13th August.
The theory behind the Thursday operation is that the local camp sites etc. seem to be heavily booked, but the visitors are likely to be either just setting up, packing up or just lying down zonked out on Saturdays and Sundays. For the moment Tuesdays and Wednesdays are required for track maintenance, however by Thursday we think they may be in need of entertainment and there have been significant enquiries for such a service. Fingers crossed.
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