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Spa Valley Railway - Latest News

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by matt41312, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. Jonnie

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    The weekend just past saw 830 visitors to the railway, all kept apart by selling tickets for different trains and spraying around a fair amount of anti-bac!

    Total income for the weekend is just under £11,000 which is a much needed cash injection after the time of year we've had. I spent 05:30 to 16:00 on the Bulleid on Saturday as it's Fireman and it felt so at home at the Spa Valley, very ecnomical too! We've been using industrial locos or mainline locos of a much smaller power classification close to their limit for a number of years now so have burnt a lot of coal and used a fair amount of water, the Bulleid this weekend used no more than if we were expecting an industrial loco to do the same. If anything we'd have probably burnt more on an Austerity as you're firing on the run at fairly frequent intervals - little and often.

    In general, the grate was covered with a bit more in the back and the pressure sat at around 200psi to 230psi most of the day. I spent most of the way up the line sat in the Fireman's seat watching the world go by and working the injectors! The loco would usually just pull 4 or 5 coaches around rather than this weekends load 7+ (with the Class 33) so it'll no doubt use less on an ordinary day.

    Never say never to an Unrebuilt, who knows... As I've said to many others, re-wind the clock by 6 months and the prospect of becoming the South Eastern base for Southern Locomotives Limited and then having a home fleet Bulleid Pacific wasn't even thought of!
     
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    Pleased it went well with SKP. I think Swanage also found that, with care, coal consumption is reasonable. Working on Eddystone at the moment I must find time to visit.

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    Thanks Jonnie for your detailed insight into the running of SKP. Who knows what the future may bring for SLL at the SVR.....
     
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    A few photos from SKP's first public day. Look forward to seeing the Bulleid out again in a few week's time.
    SKP at Harrison Rocks.JPG SKP emerges from Fairview Lane Bridge.JPG SKP Passes over Cold Bath Bridge.JPG
     
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    My video and a couple of photos of "Ugly" in the uhh...inclement weather of last weekend...



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    Great feature on the railway in the latest issue of Steam Railway Magazine.
     
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    The Park out and about today. Some vintage vehicles turned up at TWW this morning (last-minute arrangement I believe) and set up in the yard.
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    'Sir Keith Park' is in steam again this coming weekend 24th & 25th October.
     
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    SKP & Crompton on a drizzly Saturday. So nice to film the Bulleid again.

     
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    I like the TWW shed plate.
     
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    For me a Nice Video. As one of the gang who looks after REG thank you for this. You can see the temporary repair to the roof vent over the electrical cubicle we did last Wednesday as during some full revs testing I noticed the cubicle had become a mini Niagara falls inside which was not a welcome sight and I spotted something else to check this coming Wednesday as well.
     
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    Your more than welcome! It's always a pleasure visiting and filming at the SVR, as the locomotives and stock are always well looked after. Both engines sounded great today, I'll try and return when the 20 comes out to play.
     

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