Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by Luke Bridges, Aug 17, 2011.
Planning permission granted for relaying of track along the route I hear
One more that nobody has mentioned - bizarrely, because it's arguably the most famous of the lot.
How about 10 of the 13-strong RH&DR loco fleet?
Interesting things going on at the long shop, the LWR already have a brake van that they've been restoring, sirapite is in excellent condition and the track will be going down not too far into the future, so all they need is an appropriate carriage for passengers. And they have one:
An 1869 GER 514 5 compartment third, withdrawn in 1906, LWR purchased it from a private owner, quite a survivor I'll say, it's grounded at the moment but they have an appropriate chassis for it I believe. Good on them, it'll look fantastic once restored.
Photos shamefully nabbed from Friends of leiston facebook page
Thought I would revive this thread with some fantastic news:
You read that right, the LWR are planning to have the track relaid in time for summer for the 160th anniversary of the railway, an ambitious timescale but the trackbed has been stripped and retaining walls made safe, it is certainly going to be a unique piece of industrial railway heritage having sirapite and its sister blue circle leaving the long shop and snaking down the narrow passage between people's back gardens. More info in the latest addition of steam railway and heritage railway magazine!
Called in at Leiston this afternoon to see what the current state of the tracklaying. Eventually found the section of track, but it wasn't where I was expecting it to be, as it is not visible from anywhere near the Long Shop museum!
The clear trackbed continues north-west behind where I was standing up to a gateway adjacent to Station Road - possibly about another 150-200 yds. The Long Shop museum is just visible in the distance, behind the trees. A rather recent looking fence panel can be seen blocking access any further south..........
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