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The Vale of Rheidol Railway - News

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by ValeOfRheidol, Nov 12, 2014.

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    No 15 last ran around 1990 - returning it to traffic has long been our objective. The overhaul is well advanced and a launch into traffic in the Spring is on the cards. Once completed it will provide ramped access for wheelchair users, something not previously possible in the other carriages in the fleet.

    Once No 15 in traffic, the plan is for No 14 will come out of service and move to the workshops for similar treatment.

    ^Will, VoR
     
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    Often seen as something of a sleeping giant, progress on the VoR has been remarkable in recent years and I'm particulary impressed by the way the emphasis on it's rooting in the local community and involving today's generation across the board.

    I can readily forsee passenger numbers continuing their steady increase past the capacity of current stock in the not too distant future. Are there any plans in hand for additional stock when (not if!) passenger numbers reach this point?
     
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    No current plans for additional stock. As things get busier, we'll inevitably run the existing stock, just with a higher annual fleet mileage. In the high summer service, several trains are booked to run with 7 carriages - the maximum permitted with a Rheidol tank loco.

    ^Will
     
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    @rheidol ..... and when a regular 3 train peak service becomes neccessary? Perhaps that's not as over-optimistic as it may have seemed a few years ago and after all, that Garratt's going to need something to get it's teeth into, even if your namesake loco (old No.3) doesn't get recreated any time soon.

    Call it a vote of confidence in the line's future. :)
     
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    Just taken at Aberystwyth this morning - and about time too!

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    That's just how I remember 'em .... along with carriages featuring seat backs designed by Torquemada .... and just to add insult to injury, they called it 'second class' back then. Thank Bob the present owners have put some cushioning in the carriages.

    Some stuff has improved over the past half-century. Count the VoR among such stuff. :)
     
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    For thos that are interested - I posted some images from the VoR taken over Easter 2018, to this Flickr Album

    https://flic.kr/s/aHsmdHMsMh
     
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    Ceredigion Herald: All Change at Aberystwyth Station with £1.6m Funding

    The VoR have secured £1.6m to replace their terminus with an 'authentic Great Western Railway 1930’s style station' alongside the engine shed, which will house a 'multifunction display and entertainment facility and new café'. A new carriage shed will also be built.

    Does this sideline, if not end altogether, plans to re-erect the London Bridge trainshed?
     
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    Had completely forgotten about the London Bridge roof! Good question, hope it's not the case
     
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    Wasn't the trainshed going to be used for the museum building?
    Ray.
     
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    That was the plan, but has anything been heard since 2013? With this new scheme involving a 'multifunction display and entertainment facility' in the engine shed perhaps they've had second thoughts.
     
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    Impressive - and they've even got the rods aligned!

    Steve B
     
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    Just needs 1213 renumbering to No 9..... and sending to Scotland so U o S A can be spirited back to the mainline..... Do you think Mr Cameron would notice?;)
     
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    Pertinent comments in the narrative about the locomotives collected from around the world since the 1980s. An unrivalled collection which has never been on public display. It will be very interesting to see what eventually arrives.

    Cheerz,

    Alan
     

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