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Rother Valley Railway

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by nine elms fan, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. Mark Thompson

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    Harold, I think there's a bit of collective leg- pulling going on here;)
     
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    Whose bright idea is this? The last time I turned a loco the haulier delivering another one agreed to do the job for £50 on top of the delivery job. It was a while ago but I bet in similar circumstances it wouldn't cost much, even today. It added about an hour to the hauliers day. I think the idea of hiring the teatable as you have suggested will result in nil custom unless the railway concerned does not have the ability to offload in both directions
     
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    :) See: https://national-preservation.com/threads/rother-valley-railway.38105/page-131#post-2862484
     
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    It's sad that your idea was not taken up. I'm sure local drivers would have loved to have taken their cars for a spin on a sunny weekend.
     
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    This idea is not as daft as it sounds and the principle has been used in the past. The difference is that it has not been to cross a road but a waterway. Railways provided swing bridges with a central pivot that could be opened for shipping when necessary. That is essentially the same as you jokingly suggested. Whether they could rotate 360 degrees I don’t know (probably not) but there is no reason why not. It would be a solution where there is a relatively small difference in height between road and rail. There are also plenty of examples of road swing bridges in similar circumstances.
     
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    Yes i know the suggestion is only a bit of fun, but watching a 100 ton loco spinning in mid air would be a sight to behold...
     
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    ... and if any (car) driver crashed through the barriers they'd end up where they deserve - in the pit :)
     
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    Now you're talking. I wouldn't bother making a special trip to see a turntable, but a teatable sounds like a great idea. I'll have a Lapsang Souchong please, my wife will have Assam.
     
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    Lazy Susan
     
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    the local owls could have watched from their high vantage points and thought ! What a twit, or two :D
     
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    Brilliant! :):)
     
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    Work is being carried out at Robertsbridge to re-install the three-way point - see here - This will enable access to the engine shed.
     
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    Will the shed be large enough for a Britannia or a 9F? Or the turntable long enough?
     
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    As I understand it the Turntable and shed is to enable servicing of locomotives from main line tours. Will need to check the planning consent for details of the shed for dimensions.
     
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    The shed is also intended to be able to stable a service engine at Robertsbridge, to allow one service to start from there. The turntable wasn't in the original plans, but since it's been acquired, had a full overhaul, and been fitted, it would seem rude to not use it. :)
     
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    The turntable is 65', more than long enough for most locos. A Brit's wheelbase is 58' 3". A Lizzie will just about fit as well.
     
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    Just about -eek think it would be very tight for pacifics apart from the Bullieds and Standards which are quite compact. 9F no problem.
     
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    An A4 is 60' wheelbase. It's really only LMS Pacifics that might struggle, and loading gauge rather than turntable length will be more of a concern on the Southern.
     
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    Nearer to 61ft, that surprises me what with the 8 wheel tender...lets hope it sees plenty of use.
     
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