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Poole Park Railway

Discussion in 'Miniature Railways' started by nick813, Jan 5, 2017.

  1. oliversbest

    oliversbest New Member

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    As another expat I would certainly pony up a few pounds to see a former SMR l.oco operating in Poole Park.
     
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    9n a WIBN theme a display or operation of former Poole Industrial locos floats through my mind. Bonny Prince Charlie (New Quay) Henry Cort doubling George Jennings(South Western Pottery) an Adams B4 and a couple of the Ex Poole Gasworks IC locos
    could it be done???
     
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    My two oldest sons & I visited Poole Park yesterday & walked round the track.

    There is a carriage body by the Carriage Shed

    Not much else to report, but the notices from The Council about reopening seem encouraging
     
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    nick813 Well-Known Member Loco Owner

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    The Council BCP, has recently put out to tender the erection of the new shed and upgrading the track plus supply of the rolling stock.
     
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    nick813 Well-Known Member Loco Owner

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    The shed has been cleared today, lots of employees standing around an emptying shed. The shed is going to be demolished I guess either today or tomorrow. Spoke with one of five Council officers who are involved with the Phoenix rising.the officer I spoke with today admitted that none of the five have any experience in running any kind of railway. Relied totally on one consultant. The locomotive is going to be electric. I have a lot of question to email said council officer. Looking forward to the answers!
     
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    nick813 Well-Known Member Loco Owner

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    More info Friday: from FB 10.5 gauge page. Need to use my PC to publish links.
     
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    It was 10.5" - looks possible it will be relaid to 12.25". A strange choice to my mind, but "Out with the old, in with the new"!
     
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    Battery, I assume?
     
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    nick813 Well-Known Member Loco Owner

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    'electric' steam out line locomotive and three coaches.
     
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    It does look to be a slightly obscure Gauge. This site https://www.bglr.org/find-a-railway/ only lists 4 in the whole UK. I can only imagine that it was chosen for compatibility with a couple of local nearby miniatures such as Exbury Gardens and to be as big as possible without crossing over to 15" where I think more regulations kick in. Fairbourne is probably the most notable 12.25" so there is some scope for 'guest locos'.

    Most other local railways are 7.25 which I guess was perceived to be to small. Eastleigh is 10.25 and from my very limited knowledge of miniatures, this is more common than 12.25.

    Specifying Consultant is Track Systems UK. Their website news section https://track-systems-uk.co.uk/2018/12/03/cefn-mably-farm-park-3/ showes them working on another 12.25" system being built Cefn Mably Farm Park so this does seem to be a favorite gauge for them at least.
     
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    Had a quick look at the tender documents this afternoon. The railway has been re-routed on several corners with new, much sharper curves. As one of the curves was already very sharp on 10.25" gauge, surely increasing the gauge and size of stock whilst sharpening the bends is a bad idea??

    12.25" gauge is quite rare, I can't really see the justification for increasing the gauge.

    Interesting to see from the post above that Track Systems UK are building another 12.25" railway elsewhere, funnily enough with a steam outline electric locomotive and coaches to the specification they have drawn up for Poole Park. Surely there's a massive conflict of interest here, it looks like they have written the spec so they have a huge headstart on the competition and perhaps so only they can win the tender!!!
     
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    Does seem a highly unusual for a public procurement project if they are expressing an interest in bidding (are they?) & they have been involved in producing the specification. Unusual but not unheard of in the private sector.
     
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    In the BGLR's defense, they only list railways that are members. Clearly Ruislip aren't members
     
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    Tender period now up so we will see what happens! February announcement from what I read if all goes to plan.

    However, I have heard a few of the established players decided against bidding as not everything added up.
     

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