If you register, you can do a lot more. And become an active part of our growing community. You'll have access to hidden forums, and enjoy the ability of replying and starting conversations.

Bluebell Railway General Discussion

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by Jamessquared, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Matt37401

    Matt37401 Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2014
    Messages:
    9,365
    Likes Received:
    5,143
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    31A
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    What do you expect from Mr Riddles?
    Oh dear we’re having a livery debate about Tampers :Gagmewithaspoon:
     
    burnham-t, jnc and Jamessquared like this.
  2. Jamessquared

    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    19,669
    Likes Received:
    34,721
    Location:
    215
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Nothing wrong with lined black if correctly applied to the right vehicle:

    A9536CAC-C537-46C8-8324-C06FFE9E26A2.jpeg

    Tom
     
    burnham-t likes this.
  3. bluetrain

    bluetrain Member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2019
    Messages:
    493
    Likes Received:
    674
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    If the Bluebell ever manages a new-build of an LC&DR loco, there will certainly be debates over what colour to paint it. According to Bradley, the Kirtley A-class were originally delivered in the Martley green livery - another option to add to the choices!
     
    Major Midget and Jamessquared like this.
  4. Jamessquared

    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    19,669
    Likes Received:
    34,721
    Location:
    215
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    For @Ploughman to drool over: the tamper was working in the Horsted Keynes down yard yesterday. Apparently it is a new design, and the time on the Bluebell is part of the training and commissioning.

    Tom
     
  5. Penrhynfan

    Penrhynfan New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2013
    Messages:
    40
    Likes Received:
    23
    Gender:
    Male
    Wrong gauge but I have always thought that the Penrhyn Railway's lining on their black locos is most attractive. I wonder how it would suit a Terrier?!
     
    paullad1984 likes this.
  6. 30854

    30854 Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2017
    Messages:
    5,534
    Likes Received:
    5,606
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    Brighton&Hove
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    It is indeed, but I'd prefer to see ex-IWC No.11 (a Haven Street gem) put in a stint in the lined 'electric red' (a tad lighter and brighter than the MR livery, from all accounts), which it wore when it first arrived at Newport. Shame there's so little surviving IWC kit to go with it. :(

    Your options would seem talking Blodge into turning both 'ladies' out in their native colours simultaneously (it looked jolly nice on Linda a few years back) or, rather less likely, wangling a new firebox for museum-bound older sibling Charles.

    Maybe one for a newly restored SG industrial? :)
     
  7. Jamessquared

    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    19,669
    Likes Received:
    34,721
    Location:
    215
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Update on train services for the next four weeks:

    Statement from Christopher Hunford, Chairman, Bluebell Railway Plc, 3 November 2020


    The Bluebell Railway has cancelled all planned services from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December in line with the new national lockdown restrictions.

    I know this will be disappointing news for everyone – our staff, volunteers, members, supporters and customers. The safety and wellbeing of everyone remains of paramount importance.

    It is all the more disappointing because this month would have been the start of our new exciting illuminated train service SteamLights and the first of this season’s Santa Specials. Thank you to everyone who has put in so much work to prepare for these events.

    We had also planned to run trains in this period for Pie and Mash Lunch, The Blue Belle Luncheon, The Blue Belle Evening Dining and Wealden Rambler Festive Afternoon Tea.

    Our customer services team will be contacting all of our affected customers about their bookings. We ask everyone to be patient because they have a large number of customers to contact and are working very hard to achieve this as quickly as possible.

    All our catering outlets at our stations will be closed during the lockdown and we won’t be offering a takeaway service.

    The well-stocked shop at Sheffield Park station will be shut but it will still be operating online with a range of books, gifts, souvenirs and model railway items.

    The Government has said it will look to return to a regional approach at the end of the four-week period depending on the health data. This means we currently plan to run our scheduled services from 3 December onward but this will be kept under review. We will make further announcements to keep staff, volunteers and customers informed when the situation is clearer.

    In the meantime, please check our website and official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for updated information.

    Also please follow the Government guidance on staying safe.

    Although this second lockdown is undoubtedly a setback, I am sure the same spirit and determination which saw us through the first lockdown will prevail once again. We look forward to working together to see the Railway through this period and reopening as soon as we possibly can.

    Thank you for your help, support and continued co-operation.​
     
  8. Jamessquared

    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    19,669
    Likes Received:
    34,721
    Location:
    215
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Infrastructure work continues on the railway - in October (just before the second lockdown) Palmers Cattle Creep was replaced. (The site of this is towards the southern end of Freshfield Bank, about a mile north of Sheffield Park). I haven't seen it absolutely confirmed, but I believe in the same operation another 13 panels (260 yards) of track was relaid - certainly there were thirteen sets of rails laid alongside the line on my last loco turn in early October.

    The bridge replacement is covered in the following time-lapse film. Incidentally, the opening shots are inside the OP4 carriage shed, before moving out into the Horsted Keynes down yard. Spot the cameo apperance by the H class with goods wagons!



    Tom
     
    ross, Big Al, staffordian and 9 others like this.
  9. A1X

    A1X Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2011
    Messages:
    894
    Likes Received:
    532
    Occupation:
    Generic IT bod
    Location:
    Chuck Norris' beard
    How much of the track on the SP to HK section is still in need of replacement? I know it was bad a few years ago but there's been a lot of work done on it since.
     
  10. Jamessquared

    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    19,669
    Likes Received:
    34,721
    Location:
    215
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    I'd have to go and dig out notes but it is probably somewhere in the region of 1.5 miles still needs doing, in three sections: From Poleay Bridge (immediately north of Sheffield Park) to wherever this work finished a few panels south of Palmers Cattle Creep; from milepost 9 to 9.25 (which is just to the north of Tremains Crossing); and a section immediately south of Horsted Keynes station.

    In addition, an amount of the line north of Horsted Keynes has been done in the last few winters; from memory the new track stretches from the station up towards Horsted House Farm Crossing, plus half a mile through the tunnel is all new. Of the plain line, probably somewhere in the region of 6.5 - 7 miles of the 11 mile line has been laid within the last ten years, plus all the points at the entries to stations and most of the plain line through SP, HK and EG stations.

    Tom
     
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2020
    A1X, Johnme101, jnc and 2 others like this.
  11. Mark Thompson

    Mark Thompson Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2017
    Messages:
    698
    Likes Received:
    1,436
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    E sussex
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Just looking at the numbers here, that is a seriously impressive achievement by any yardstick. Hats off to the Civils. Another few years should see it done, bearing in mind that KC-EG is pretty much brand new.
    However I'm surprised to see how far Poleay Bridge has moved recently. Is it self-isolating?
     
    Jamessquared and jnc like this.
  12. City of truro fan

    City of truro fan New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2015
    Messages:
    491
    Likes Received:
    52
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Honiton
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    If they could go a little bit further towards Arlington this could be a good stretch to hire in a small engine like kilmersdon or whiston that could do break van rides but without the need of building it all the way back which would be expensive. They could use the old track for this as it wouldn’t have to be as good condition for just a break van to go along
     
  13. Jamessquared

    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    19,669
    Likes Received:
    34,721
    Location:
    215
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Poleay is the one immediately north of SP - it was rebuilt in 2017 and new track laid across it for a couple of panels north; the old track then exists from there, through the )now removed) Ketches halt and up to a few panels south pf Palmers Cattle Creep (the bridge replaced in the video above), after which it is new track all the way to milepost 9.

    Edit: Ah, I've just worked out what you mean. :) I'll edit my initial post.

    Tom
     
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2020
  14. John Petley

    John Petley Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2007
    Messages:
    2,549
    Likes Received:
    1,510
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Researcher/writer and composer of classical music
    Location:
    Between LBSCR 221 and LBSCR 227
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    1) It's Ardingly, not Arlington
    2) It's "brake" not "break" van.
    3) Going " a little bit further " means bridging the gap formerly occupied by Sherriff Mill Viaduct and while I believe the line obtained some second hand bridge spans for this purpose, it is going to be an expensive and lengthy project which cannot remotely be justified just for brake van rides
    4) Why should the Bluebell want to hire in a small tank engine for brake van rides when it is currently working to overhaul one of its own small tank locos? (P Class No. 27) and would like to have another (Fenchurch) ready if at all possible for the 150th anniversary of the introduction of the Terriers?
    5) As has been pointed out when you raised the subject of Kilmersdon on another thread, it isn't in working order, so it wouldn't be much use for your proposed shuttles anyway, even as a stopgap while 27's overhaul is completed.
     
    A1X, marshall5, Matt37401 and 6 others like this.
  15. flying scotsman123

    flying scotsman123 Nat Pres stalwart

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    8,900
    Likes Received:
    13,653
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Cheltenham
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    That rather depends which railway you're on! :)
     
  16. Matt37401

    Matt37401 Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2014
    Messages:
    9,365
    Likes Received:
    5,143
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    31A
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Shame really, I rather like the idea of a ‘P’ across the sea, :):)
     
  17. Big Al

    Big Al Nat Pres stalwart Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    May 30, 2009
    Messages:
    16,270
    Likes Received:
    14,551
    Location:
    1016
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    That's reassuring news. It's always concerned me that with the connection at East Grinstead in place for over seven years now and the occasional but welcome main line locomotive visiting, there has always been the significant question as to whether the track and the infrastructure generally was up to scratch for 4-6-2s in particular.

    That professional job in the video of Palmer's Bridge is clearly saying that The Bluebell is taking seriously its responsibilities to loco owners, especially those who are invited to the line. One of those hidden costs that the public doesn't see but is critical for a safe railway.
     
  18. Jamessquared

    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    19,669
    Likes Received:
    34,721
    Location:
    215
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Helps our own locos and operational reliability as well, of course!

    Tom
     
    Big Al likes this.
  19. Jamessquared

    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    19,669
    Likes Received:
    34,721
    Location:
    215
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Bluebell times issue 14

    Information about the latest lockdown and how it affects the Bluebell Railway are in the November issue of The Bluebell Times.

    Issue 14 also contains an update on the latest grant money given to the Railway as well as details of how some of the Emergency Appeal funds have been spent.

    https://www.bluebell-railway.com/bluebell-times/

    In Issue 14:
    • A review of the “Off the Rails” event showcasing goods trains and vintage vehicles
    • How the locomotive department reached “Peek” performance in its cleaning
    • Suggestions for Bluebell-related Christmas presents
    • Auction success in obtaining one of the nameplates for ‘Ardingly’ locomotive
    • Word Search puzzle about Railway Works
    • Down Memory Line and On This Day with tales of yesteryear
    • And much, much more.
    The Bluebell Times is published monthly on the second Friday of each month. The December issue is due out on Friday 11 December.

    Tom
     
  20. Monkey Magic

    Monkey Magic Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2018
    Messages:
    2,205
    Likes Received:
    4,656
    Location:
    Here, there, everywhere
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    The Ardingly story made me wonder if 928 could not run as 917 for a short while when it is running again. I did have a distant relative in the C19 who went to 913. (My dad has a model of 30913 in homage).
     

Share This Page