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Bure Valley Railway

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by andrewshimmin, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. andrewshimmin

    andrewshimmin Active Member

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    My daughter and I had a lovely trip on the BVR today.
    I have always had a great time at the BVR, it is such a friendly line and always a great trip.
    The locos are interesting and varied, I absolutely love the passenger stock, and the size of everything is big enough to be real and small enough to be fun (and child friendly).
    Aylsham is a really nice little/big terminus, as is Wroxham, the countryside is nice, Buxton station is a lovely spot.
    Besides which, the engines seem to be working hard and sound like it, much better sound than a standard gauge loco pootling along without much enthusiasm, as happens in some places. And they can turn them at either end!
     
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    Spamcan81 Nat Pres stalwart

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    It was even more enjoyable when RAF Coltishall was open. The line ran just a few yards from the end of the runway.
     
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    30854 Part of the furniture

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    The Bure Valley has the only 15in gauge passenger stock I know of with doors which make the right sort of noise when being closed.
     
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    The Ratty's disabled coaches make the right noise also
     
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    A few photos from earlier this week. Cromer 2018-06-30 124.JPG Cromer 2018-06-30 134.JPG Cromer 2018-06-30 142.JPG
     
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    Passed Aylsham station yesterday evening, spotted that a new shed has appeared, serviced by two roads leading off the existing turntable. Maybe a new running shed for locos?
     
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    It's a great railway, with lots of lovely train ride / walk / boat / vintage bus days out to be had off the back of it. Their Leek & Manifold styled tank engine is probably the most satisfyingly chunky 15 inch gauge loco anywhere. I always wanted to see one of their ZBs decked out in full Indian Railways guise, like this: https://mickpope.zenfolio.com/p226422494/e3fd2e377

    And I can half remember a proposal by the Friends group to build a scaled down South African Railways Class 25NC. The Bure Valley is the sort of slightly magical place where I would not be surprised if that were to happen.
     
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    The Green Howards Resident of Nat Pres Friend

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    I've not done this one yet, but I have done the Wells and Walsingham...
     
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    I'm sure that when the railway first opened in 1990, a locomotive that looked a lot like a class 25NC was featured on the railway's logo.

    This may have been one of the original design proposals for the railway's own steam locomotives before they went for the ZB design.
     
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    Those proposals both sound like great fun.
     
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    A 15" gauge 25NC would make some of the RHDR locos look like toys!
     
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    When the BVR first opened they were using RH&DR Locomotives as the others weren't ready yet I believe. I have a photo of myself next to Doctor Syn at Wroxham.
     
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    Yes, RH&DR locos were the first steam motive power on the line (Samson & Winston Churchill were the first two)
     

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