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Rother Valley Railway

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

  1. Miff

    Miff Part of the furniture Friend

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    How about 15 Hastings (main line certified, just for the day) with an reopening day special working from Victoria.;) for invited guests and certain VIP'S only ? :)
     
  2. mikehartuk

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    Yep. But due to limited platform availability in London we plan to run starting from Didcot on via Redhill and Tonbridge though I understand N Rail are struggling with the number of water stops that 'Hastings' would require! One day perhaps!
     
  3. Mark Thompson

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    Not like back in 1962, when it was perfectly reasonable for the tiny Great Northern 0-6-0ST 1247 to run a special down the Brighton mainline to Sheffield Park via Ardingly, including a reversal at busy Haywards Heath!
    Seems incredible now, doesn't it?
     
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    I heard the plan now is to have a water carrier next to the loco, so the train going to be, 15 Hastings GUV water carrier, Toad brake van with portable pump and an FO mk1.
     
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    Ah,but......with Dr Beeching on board anything was possible:(.

    Peter
     
  6. Mark Thompson

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    It seems almost comical really. That excursion probably encompassed just about everything he wanted to get rid of on British Railways.
     
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    That's 'cos you're not an invited guest or VIP.;) (Nor am I.) And anyway the date isn't yet quite certain. :(
     
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    I'm guessing that you don't know who mikehartuk is?
    ...or has an in-joke just gone whooosh! over my head?:confused:
     
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  9. MellishR

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    Isn't the present discussion of an inaugural through train entirely tongue-in-cheek?

    It will be great when it happens, and of course many who have contributed in various ways to the RVR and/or the K&ESR will deserve to be aboard, but who can tell when that will be or what will be on the front?
     
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    Only if the through train is from Headcorn via High Halden. :)
     
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    Now for a serious question ....
    How long is the headshunt where trains have to reverse to reach the RVR?
    Could a Marshlink DMU fit?
    Could the preserved Hastings unit fit?
    How long is the RVR platform & could either of the above fit?
     
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    Its enough for one of Jeremy Hoskin's locomotives.
     
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    And there was me thinking we'd be having a good old barney over reguaging the Bredgar & Wormshill in time for the grand opening. ;)
     
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    So no through trains off the Network?
     
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    Unlikely. The headshunt movements are limited. I would four carriage lengths at most.
     
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    Right but a Marshlink DMU might fit?
     
  17. Miff

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    It’s Hosking :)
     
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    I believe it might be possible to stable a train, in the NR siding beyond the head shunt, if from the Tunbridge wells direction, then for the loco to access the RVR turn and be serviced, but not for a charter to run direct onto RVR if it's more an 4 or 5 coaches in length, So any charter, would have to have an additional set of coaches on the RVR/ KESR. if its booked as a through trip .either that or have to have an very difficult shunting move involving splitting and reforming the rake,
     

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