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The Gwili Railway thread

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by Matt78, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Matt78

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    update-

    The last couple of weeks have seen more progress on the extension, with daily work parties since boxing day. Most of the trees required to be removed have been felled now, the trackbed has been graded, drains cleared and 30 tonnes of base ballast was laid today south of the present end of track .Placing of the sleepers will commence tomorrow all being well so this marks the start of physical tracklaying after a break of 3 1/2 years! More news as it happens.

    Also we finished the season with a strong santas and a record passenger total of 28,081 (this being tickets sold, including freebies and not passenger journeys). A very satisfying end to 2012 and with the promise of much to come in 2013!

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    Matt
     
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    nanstallon Part of the furniture

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    Best wishes for the new year. Looking forward to visiting you!

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    Further to Matt's news those of you that have Facebook should head over to the railways page where you can see pictures of the removal of the rail stop as the first step in extending the rail head south !
     
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    update

    tracklaying has started! The first two panels are down, the job will continue to progress over the new few months with around 3/4 of a mile to lay.

    Hopefully some pictures soon

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    Looking good! this could be the start of something special! how are the vintage carraiges coming along? regards Tom
     
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    Hope so Tom!

    The Vintage Carriages are back in the shed, Taff Vale No.220 will be first in line for attention with the hope that it will be up-and-running by Easter. Main jobs left are new running boards, complete doors and locks etc and repainting of these. Once TVR 220 is out, the remaining work on GWR 216 will be tackled. Again the doors require the most work. So we hope it will be this year that we see the victorian train....

    Regards

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    P.S If any Mods are reading, can we change the title of the thread to "The Gwili Thread" as it is no longer 2012!
     
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    Matt, where did you get the blue slag from (assuming that's what it is)? By the way, your last link took me to eBay rover items (???).

    Great photos by the way, thanks.
     
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    Think the blue might just be the photo...

    The last link wasn't intended to be one, when certain words are typed into the forum they somehow get converted into links, not sure why!

    progress up to mid-day today is that 9 x 60ft panels have now been laid in total so we are on our way!

    Regards

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    Amazing what a small team can do if they have the materials and equipment on hand! Impressive! Regards Tom
     
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    It is impressive :) The blue slag is the picture, it is actually the soil from where they have prepared the base before adding the ballast.
     
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    How is the fund raising for the ballast and the platform coming along? Regards Tom
     
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    The images on Facebook show great progress... At this rate the track should be down by march? Regards Tom
     
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    Do we need a new Gwili 2013 thread?
     
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    Would be easier to have a moderator change the name of this one probably... Regards Tom
     
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    That's the plan.

    Looking at the photos on Facebook the track has reached milepost 248, the new station site is at milepost 247(I) so 3/4 mile to go. Bronwydd station is located between mileposts 249 and 249(I) so just under 1 1/4 miles has already been laid since we started in 2006.

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    The Gwili 2013 Thread

    Well I thought I would stat this one as 2012 is so last year !! As well as the extension work we hope to announce some other exciting projects over the next few months ....
     
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    Ahhh the Gwili in 2013

    will hopefully have two operational steam loco's?
    a full dining train
    2 restored historically significant coaches
    Just over four miles of track
    it will run from somewhere to no where in the near future I know probably not in 2013 but soon hopefully!
    extended minature railway
    the new Taff cafe's first full year

    Its a big year regards Tom
     
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    done... its now 2013..
     

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