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Peak Rail General Discussion

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by kestreleyes, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. kestreleyes

    kestreleyes Well-Known Member

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    Heritage shutters trust event for august

    https://www.heritageshunterstrust.com/events
     
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    Just visited the model railway exhibition in Buxton and popped up to have a look at Peak Rail's old Buxton site only to find the Mcarthy and Stone development has been built on half of the site.

    The platform looks to be about half the length than I remember when it was a steam centre in the 80's.

    Did Peak Rail own the land and sell it off for development? (think I remember them selling off the engine shed area to Buxton Water?)

    All seems a bit shortsighted if the station site is now not big enough for say a 7 coach train.

    Of course this is all a pipedream as cannot see Peak Rail ever extending from Rowsley to Buxton.
     
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    Welcome to Natpres Magna Junction. From memory, probably failing, I can't recall the platform being more than about four coaches long, but I'm open to correction. At the exhibition you could have asked the Peak Railway Association Buxton Branch how things stand, they were there with the Sheffield and Derby branches and I think had site plans. When land was sold off I believe enough was left for an operable platform. I really enjoyed Railex, and the cornish pasty I had from the Pavilion Kitchen was the best I have had for many a year!

    Do I expect the line to re-open in my lifetime, probably not, but maybe in my little grandson's lifetime, so it's worth retaining the site don't you think?

    Dave
     
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    Hi Dave,

    Found this picture on Pinterest, the platform and running lines used to run up to the access road to the station car park.

    So the development has took a large chunk out of the original length platform and running line.

    https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/250160954280164735/

    Cheers

    Scott.
     
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    Work on the rebuilding if the loading ramp (also used by the Heritage Shunters Trust ) on gala days has started, proper blocks this time photo attached.

    Repainting of the dining set supporting carriage (not a clue about its actual name sorry, I’m signalling not carriage or Loco so am uninteligent in such matters ☺️) is continuing, its in base coat , much improved than being in filler and primer since I saw it a couple weeks ago.

    the shed gang have started to clean up the class 47 , Martyn was showing me the windows on one end ,spotless, the bogies and underneath have been all jet washed nice n clean too, at least on one side, the other is to follow

    it’s foliage season and quite a few folks have been busy with the usual tidying up sessions, garden and crew have cleaned up Warney lane crossing much improving sightlines and such.
     

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    Well having missed the gala due to a preplanned family holiday, I’m glad to see it all went well and the weather was lovely and sunny thank goodness, I’m sure some pics will appear soon but I’ve none of my own to repost obviously.

    Loco wise the battery electric locos on test are still being tested, as are some modern image stone/ballast type hopper wagons , the class 47 has been running them up and down several times which is nice to see a busy little site, elsewhere there was. Crane doing some work around the renown and repulse area but I stayed away with lifting being in process.

    the locos have had a bit of a shunt around, Clive was out by the box, the class 37, electro deisel and the 08 by the loop road siding, I did take a picture but I may as well have wiped Vaseline on the lense as I forgot mucky hands and pockets collect dirt

    im told work on the water tower is being looked at ,early stages yet though and the Ashover light railway are also looking at expanding their running line towards the rear of the Signalbox.

    on my own department we’ve managed to hold our first Rowsley Signalbox open day F92CB988-3F4B-4353-864F-A0DE91FB513B.jpeg and an unofficial one over the gala too, between riverside operations, thanks to Andrew and John for that.

    we’re also on with som small alterations to the gate bar at church lane to allow for future heatwaves giving wooden gates problems, there’s also a crank bench to replace at Rowsley, steel tops being the favourite now over wood where possible for ease and long lasting
     

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