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Peak Rail General Discussion

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by kestreleyes, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. Sheff

    Sheff Well-Known Member

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    Sorry still confused. On Wiki under what - Peak Rail?
     
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    Yep. Peak Rail..
     
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    Latest arrival at Rowsley is this Mk1 BSK 34676 ex-GWSR. The joint-owner Rob Lawrence intends to return it to late maroon livery so it looks like my wish to recreate 'The Devonian' will have to go on hold again :)

    Dave

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    John,Pete and myself carried on with building up the locking room framework for Riverside box, many thanks to the loco crew for continual brews and getting the locking bars down to site for us too.
     
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    For the first time the signals are now connected to the lever frame at Riverside. More work continues apace

    Pway

    The track gang has been changing sleepers in the Matlock section midweek with a good turnout of volunteers,and the use of the sleeper changing machine

    Locos wagons etc

    Had a chat with John restoring the ferry vans he's on with outside bodywork such as filling sanding etc prior to repainting,not long I reckon before he starts painting the first van externally

    Also had a chat with one of the LMSCA lads whose been hard at it sanding Down the window frames by hand on the first side of the NRM coach ,work is on with restoring the framework and side panels on the second side now

    Lastly had a chat with the engineers making the new bogie bolster framework up for the metal clad lms coach Ben and his team are restoring,some serious engineering manufacture in progress there

    Keep up the good work all
     
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    I drove through Matlock last week and noticed your signalbox at Riverside looking very smart. Just wondered how you intend to treat the blockwork base to make it look more prototypical? Clad in timber Midland style maybe?
     
  7. kestreleyes

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    having given this much thought for now itl be left exactly as is, we may add some fake cornices to make it look like the beams go to the floor thence more like a midland box, but to be honest having seen HOLT cabin on the NNR it wont look too bad as is, main problem is that if you clad it,the first time anyone grafitis it you end up either painting the cladding or treating it to remove it, from then onwards you will be forever repainting it to cover over the work, left as is its just stonework,cost is king on any project!

    another advantage is left as is the little tikes see its stonework and dont try breaking through the fake cladding thinking its only boards, again more work,cost etc,having seen that done many a time on other boxes.

    whilst the midland didnt strictly use blockwork they did occassionally use brickwork,one example being a slightly raised box at Rowsley sidings back in the day which ended up that way because it had come from another location 2nd hand,hence being too short,thus highering it using the brickwork.

    Church lane is a similar item, the steel corner posts being put in to remove the forever midland tradition of rotten corner posts,so to make them look realistic we used H beams and turned the only open corner to the elements soild by way of inserting a large timber board down the gap, they may rot but the box will still stand and can easily be changed,also more importantly is the electric locks will never go out of adjustment through a sagging box

    hope that helps
     
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    Indeed, I take your point (no pun intended...) about the local youth. Perhaps you could arrange for the steps to the box to be set up like a drawbridge, with some secret actuating mechanism. Close the box after operations, steps lift up out of the way !

    Any news on any likely repairs to the adjacent Derwent bridge at that location, or is it ok for now? Thinking more about larger locos visiting, rather than your day to day traffic.
     
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    hee hee :) add some castleated turretts to the box too,thatd look quite nice :)

    dunno about the bridge,as far as i was aware the bridge is sound for many a large weight such as two peaks,but then im no bridge engineer just humble signal side instead :(
     
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    fitted the lever locks to the frame this week,some mods to complete on that job next, also completed the tails to the outside world,so most of the levers drive rods now,plus other jobs

    elsewhere, noted Paul and Shelia busy at work on the exhibition coach and displays,many people at Rowsley busy on waggons,locos and lineside and also Rob and the gang have been busy following up resleepering work with resleepering the south yard turnout midweek.

    busy week for all
     
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    Has any Peak Rail member received the Peak Express which should have been available on 1st March?
     
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    Nope. Just mined the website inc members area and nothing on there either.
     
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    give it a couple of weeks, the editor is just in process of final finishing it off and itl be off to the printers soon then posted out to all,inc yourselves and myself too.

    S&T

    completed more work on the lever frame and locking frame at Riverside this week,Pete and Roger worked on the Rowsley South ground frame, we also started to strip down the recently recovered items from Lincolnshire.
     
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    Excellent PR regarding 'The Peak Forester' on PR website.

    Let's hope there will be pics of the event especially 70013 on the turntable. Kestreleyes, can you oblige please?
     
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    There should also be a video by Alan Taylor of the LMSCA and HST, his work is always worth a look.

    Dave
     
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    Hi all hope you're enjoying the mini Indian summer were all having

    I should like others be down the weekend so will try and get some pics

    The Peak Rail website has posted timings for their services for the charters visit to accommodate the charter around it. A copy of the timings appears below


    27th May 2012 - Rail Tour "The Peak Forester"

    The Railway Touring Companies charter train will be the first through train from the south to travel over the railway since it has been preserved and rejoined to the national network.

    The train will be steam hauled throughout by Ex-British Railways Britannia class ’Pacific’ steam locomotive No.70013 “Oliver Cromwell”

    Peak Rail trains will operate to the timetable below with Steam Loco 68013 (0—6-0) Saddle Tank and Class 44 “Penyghent”

    Admission Charge to either Matlock Platform 2, Darley Dale Station and Rowsley South Station and Site £2.00 per person (this charge is redeemable off the price of an all day rover ticket)

    70013 “OLIVER CROMWELL”

    Arrives Matlock 1315
    Arrives Rowsley South 1335
    Departs Rowsley South 1630
    Arrives Matlock 1650

    These times are approximate only


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    on S&T we've started wiring up the riverside interlocking we prewired up last year at rowsley to the lever frame and locks an at present there's a few indication circuits to complete and lineside cables to connect to complete this. Which will be next Saturday's work leaving Sunday free for the charter :)
     
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    link to the PR website page with approximate timings and information for the railtour, note the timings for the national network are different than previously mentioned,again these are approximate only and slightly later on than before.

    Rail Tour "The Peak Forester" - Peak Rail
     
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    27th May. A big day for Peak Rail.

    Let's hope things move up a gear afterwards..
     
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    Indeed, there is quite a buzz about the place anticipating 70013's visit. Also I was told Peak Express should be dropping through the letter box Thursday or Friday.

    Dave
     
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    indeed i spoke to the editor today, the mags have been put in the envelopes so should be arriving tommorow onwards.

    nipped down today to do a bit more work at Riverside and Rowsley,bumped into John restoring the ferry vans ,with the good weather hes been busy with painting,as has about everybody else on the line, the lmsca too plus the volunteers at Darley Dale who started to repaint the gates.

    dom
     

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