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Vale of Rheidol Railway

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by Sidmouth, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. Sidmouth

    Sidmouth Part of the furniture Staff Member Moderator

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    Last week 30742 Charters enjoyed a very good day on the Vale Of Rheidol using No.8 on a mixed train

    The railway has been seeing a quiet transformation returning the line to Great Western era condition and the results are really quite stunning

    My thanks to Will Smith, Jac and Peter Smith and all involved on the railway for making us so welcome

    [​IMG]30742 Charters - No.8 at the Vale of Rheidol Railway by Martin Creese, on Flickr

    [​IMG]30742 Charters - No.8 at the Vale of Rheidol Railway by Martin Creese, on Flickr

    [​IMG]30742 Charters - No.8 at the Vale of Rheidol Railway by Martin Creese, on Flickr


    Full gallery here

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/martincreese/albums/72157688377490341
     
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    The latest VoR online newsletter has just popped up. No.7 will be done when it's done, but is looking a lot more like it's old self on it's FB page.

    Hat's off to the gardening team. The splashes of colour at the well kept stations are a joy to behold. I'm chuffed to bits to hear pine martens are back in Cwm Rheidol. (I've mentioned the VoR's support for local non-railway causes before).

    Perhaps rashly, they're inviting suggestions for 2ft gauge locos we'd like to see running on the VoR. Do any of those Brecon Mountain monsters fit? It'd be nice seeing a gesture or two between two lines formerly under common management.
    Does 'Lyn' go without saying?

    Over to you! :)
     
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    Top of my list would be Russell and Lyd...preferably at the same time! It would be a 2' gauge "battle of prairie tanks" :p

    (Of course, ideally Mountaineer and Felin Hen would join in too, but I fear that may be unrealistic!)
     
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    Well the original VoR locos were allegedly based on the L&B design, so there's a connection to justify the choice ..... but who the hell needs an actual reason? :D

    As the Ffesterbahn's Alco can't come out to play (in steam at any rate) ..... how's about it's sibling paying a visit from France? If Felin Hen can make it too, that's two US builders represented, before looking at 4-6-0's. I quite like the notion of Sea Lion piloting a Rheidol Tank. Take a B&W photo and from certain angles, you might even convince some gullible soul that VoR No.3 Rheidol hadn't been so much scrapped as just shrunk a bit.

    I wonder ... is the VoR's carriage stock gonna need some reinforcement for the occasion?
     
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    I'd love to see Brecon's big American Baldwin on the VoR, equally Lyn and Lyd could be a lot of fun. I'm sure some fun could be had with a lot of the Statfold collection too!
     
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    Are there not gauge issues? Small but enough to make a difference?
     
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    All of the above, plus Adrian Shooter's Darjeeling tank and the Lawleys and Hong Kong Bagnall from the museum collection! And somebody should probably mention the articulated locos in the Rampton collection in Surrey.....

    Palmerston a few years ago was pretty special and I endorse everything said about the current VoR; the restoration of intermediate stations and footpaths has been wonderful.

    Peter Hayward
     
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    Are we up to a cavalcade which will reach Llanbadarn before the last loco leaves Aberystwyth yet? :D

    Not sure tbh. Not even sure it's anything more than a suggestion at the mo. I do seem to recall mutterings about back-to-back dimensions and check rails. I guess that's one for whoever's actually origanising it, if the VoR run with the idea.

    My OP did include the words 'perhaps rashly' ahead of reporting the idea! ;)
     
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    Currently closed due to forest fires, diesel has been assisting fire fighting logistics.
     
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    The Brecon Baldwin definitely gets my vote!! Had several wonderful trips behind it on the BMR and the chime whistle on it is stunning!

    Linda and Blanche would be a good pairing as well.

    And we've still got the NGG16 to look forward to as well.......

    Exciting times ahead, I look forward to the the developments
     
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    Sorry to be pedantic, but it's an NGG13 not an NGG16 - there is a difference between the two in, amongst other things, the inner carrying wheelset configuration.
    For one I'd like to see a reciprocal arrangement where a VoR 2-6-2T visits Rheilffordd Eryri, as Mountaineer and Palmerston have both been for visits to Aberystwyth.
    Margaret was a good start for Hunslet 125...........
     
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    What I'm waiting to see is whether Aber can resist adding GW brass boiler fittings, cast cabside plates and copper chimney cap to No.60 .... you know ..... trad Swindon-fashion. ;)
     
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    May be competely unrelated but this is the only Vale of Rheidol thread I could find.
    I travelled on the line for the first time this week and noticed that before departure a guard went and locked every door with a carriage key, so we couldnt get off at any of the intermediate stations. On top of this Id say its a bit dangerous to go through and lock all the doors? What if a fire broke out in a carriage - unlikely circumstance but all the passengers would be trapped essentially...
    Just think this arrangement should be reviewed as its in my opinion completely wrong to do this and Ive never before come across it on a heritage line, aside from maybe one door being locked due to short platforms.
     
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    agree re locked carriages, I was there this week and it was shut (still I guess).
     
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    Dunno about these days, but the Ffestiniog certainly used to do the same when I was there.
     
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    Did the Welsh Highland the other day and they didn't so Id imagine the Ffestiniog dont
     
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    the FR do
     
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    All outward opening doors on the FR are locked and unlocked by the guard. This is due to the extremely limited clearances. Inward opening doors are not. I'm not sure what the situation is on the VofR.

    Tim
     
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    Even so, on the FR you have corridor connected carriages so in the event of emergency you can move down the train away from say a fire, on the VofR, this isnt possible so if a coach was set alight, passengers would be trapped with no means of escape, surely this is a breach of health and safety?
     

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