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The Vale of Rheidol Railway - News

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

  1. ValeOfRheidol

    ValeOfRheidol New Member

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    Whilst we are not running our locals discount in February this year, our latest newsletter features a voucher for buy one ticket get one free, we are also offering a new initiative of a locals discount card which you can apply for offering 40% discount all year round.
     
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    Thanks for your replies everyone, I will certainly take a look at the newsletter and will most likely use the offer - it's a spectacular journey during the winter. I am surprised the locals offer isn't being run again as it seemed to attract a lot of first time visitors, but I am sure there are good financial reasons for the change.
     
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    In the latest VoR newsletter, it mentions a 'Forgotten Engines' event on 14-15/09/19, with 3 engines which haven't been seen by the public in years. I am looking forward to attending this event, to see which locos they are!
     
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    Thanks for that info. I think I probably will attend the gala.
     
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    Visited yesterday for the steam festival. A dull day weather wise but great to see the 3 engines lined up together in steam and very interesting to look around the workshops.
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    Very encouraging to see all three locos in steam.
    The current management, and Peter Rampton's support, have done wonders for the railway.
    I note no 9 (or 1213) still has the air pump on the front, while the others have the hidden type.
    They look very nice in matched livery, but personally I'd prefer a bit of variety. Can't please everyone!

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    I believe the air pump on No 9 is to be hidden in the same way as the other locos at its next overhaul (due at the end of this year).

    Keith
     
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    I was in the workshops in June and upstairs they have 1213's tanks done and ready for her refit, her right hand side tank has a slight leak near that cut out for the valve gear, these being her original ones.
    John.
     
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    I seriously hope that never happens again I lost interest in this railway when the Locos were in odd colours with butchered buffer beams, Now they look like when they were delivered absolutely gorgeous. Don't forget the stations ( some replicated) are all in GWR colours the railway now has a more complete look for the first time in decades. Let's not encourage them to mess that up.
    John
     
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    Personally I'd love a bit of lined BR blue livery with the cast double arrows...
    But it's up to them!

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    When I was there last year for a photocharter, I was told that the aim is for the railway to represent the 1920/30's, and they would like to replace some of the more modern lineside signage when funds allow.
     
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    It's the most interesting period of the railway and one of the few narrow gauge lines to have a 'class' of locos that were designed by the GWR but basing them quite closely on the Davies and Metcalfe originals, I think a lot of the trouble is that people who like the railway haven't read Greens book on it to really appreciate and understand its history.
    The BR blue was quite logical and interesting at the time as BR's only steam line when 'everything' was blue and they did look quite nice with the lining but the carriages looked terrible and the 'pun' of that livery would be lost on younger visitors today. Apart from the 'Hogwarts loco' I can't imagine any preserved standard gauge railway taking too many liberties with their Locos.
    John
     
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    They looked vile like that
     
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    It's in the eye of the beholder, of course and was unique. One thing I definitely don't miss on the VoR from BR days ..... those cushionless 2nd class (back then) seat backs, which must've been inspired by Torquemada! The whole line looks infinitely better, in every way, these days than it did in the 70s .... and those impressive locos, which were getting decidedly asthmatic back then, now sound fantastic on the 1:50.
     
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    Where are they hiding the air pumps?
     
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    Just at the very front of the LH (viewed from the front) side tank, essentially have nicked a bit of the tank to create a enclosure - if you look carefully below the running board level you can see the bottom of the pump sticking out.
     
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