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Improving the restoration rate of non passenger stock
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Graham



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know about the wagon shed itself, but I believe track relaying at Sterns will fully occupy the PW gangs this winter, followed by the area around the waterworks next winter, which means it could be some time before there are staff available to alter the track layout in Bewdley goods yard.
Whether work could start on a storage or display building in a different location before that, I don't know.
As ever, I will ask around and report back here. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And laying new rail at Eardington bank?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's quite possible I got Sterns and Eardington mixed up. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graham wrote:
It's quite possible I got Sterns and Eardington mixed up. Embarassed


I think Eardington is due for relay in the new year. Most of the section from Sterns to Little Rock Cutting was done a year or two ago(?) presumably Sterns was done during the floods of 2007?

I also may have heard, but could be wrong, that Bewdley P-Way will be helping with the layout changes in Bewdley yard.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just noticed this reference on the Ffestiniog website to their new wagon storage shed.

An impressive new £120,000 building is under construction in the Ffestiniog Railway ’s Minffordd Yard to house the railway’s unique collection of 19th Century rail vehicles. The cost of the building was raised by donations to the FR’s Wagon Tracks appeal, the FR Society and the FR Heritage Group, which initiated the project.
The 90 metre long shed will contain five storage roads and nearly half a kilometre of track.
It is the first time in UK railway preservation history that a building has been constructed on this scale for the storage of freight vehicles rather than locos or carriages . The 90 metre long shed will contain five storage roads and nearly half a kilometre of track.
Sam Miller, F&WHR Heritage Director, said: We are delighted that the shed is finally under construction. This represents a massive leap forward in our ability to care for our historic rolling stock and grow the fleet of restored vehicles. This aim has been supported throughout the wider F&WHR organisation.
The F&WHR owns the largest fleet of 19th Century railway goods vehicles in the world, all original FR assets, numbering some 220 wagons. The shed will provide space for all of them - both restored and unrestored. The FR’s recreated gravity trains are widely-recognised as having global significance in their ability to help explain the story of the Welsh Slate Industry and its impact in North Wales and around the world.'

A shed this size would cover approximately 50 standard gauge wagons. Assuming some economies such as leaving a concrete floor for later, a contribution of 8 to 10 pounds per member should cover the cost and make the SVR a leader in all aspects of heritage railway preservation.

A storage shed protecting our unique wagon collection would be a fitting tribute to the role of Great Britain as the world leader in pioneering and perfecting goods transport by rail.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hunter_i wrote:
Just noticed this reference on the Ffestiniog website to their new wagon storage shed.

An impressive new £120,000 building is under construction in the Ffestiniog Railway ’s Minffordd Yard to house the railway’s unique collection of 19th Century rail vehicles. The cost of the building was raised by donations to the FR’s Wagon Tracks appeal, the FR Society and the FR Heritage Group, which initiated the project.
The 90 metre long shed will contain five storage roads and nearly half a kilometre of track.
It is the first time in UK railway preservation history that a building has been constructed on this scale for the storage of freight vehicles rather than locos or carriages . The 90 metre long shed will contain five storage roads and nearly half a kilometre of track.
Sam Miller, F&WHR Heritage Director, said: We are delighted that the shed is finally under construction. This represents a massive leap forward in our ability to care for our historic rolling stock and grow the fleet of restored vehicles. This aim has been supported throughout the wider F&WHR organisation.
The F&WHR owns the largest fleet of 19th Century railway goods vehicles in the world, all original FR assets, numbering some 220 wagons. The shed will provide space for all of them - both restored and unrestored. The FR’s recreated gravity trains are widely-recognised as having global significance in their ability to help explain the story of the Welsh Slate Industry and its impact in North Wales and around the world.'

A shed this size would cover approximately 50 standard gauge wagons. Assuming some economies such as leaving a concrete floor for later, a contribution of 8 to 10 pounds per member should cover the cost and make the SVR a leader in all aspects of heritage railway preservation.

A storage shed protecting our unique wagon collection would be a fitting tribute to the role of Great Britain as the world leader in pioneering and perfecting goods transport by rail.


But where?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Richard Gunning has updated the SVR Wiki with a new article about the Wagon Review Group, formed in late 2015. The article is quoted below:

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The Wagon Review Group was created late in 2015 with the major objectives of
1) Improving the public presentation and display of the wonderful collection of historical wagons residing on the SVR. Possible ways include the stationing of wagons at suitable locations, and the operation of more demonstration freight trains.
2) Improving the workshop facilities available to the Wagon Dept to ease and accelerate the restoration of wagons. Its hoped to "piggy back" this onto current plans to improve the carriage restoration facilities at Bewdley.
3) Improving the conservation of wagons, both restored and not, by providing covered accommodation for at least the most vulnerable. The site at Bewdley Triangle is no longer available, and current thoughts centre on the site of the GWR sidings adjacent to the former BSC works at Foley Park. To this end, a site survey has been commissioned for early February 2016, and undergrowth clearance to allow this has commenced.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For anyone interested there is a good photograph of the Foley Park sidings on SVR Wiki under SVR Stations/Historic Stations/Foley Park Halt.

The photo shows four sidings which seem to be at least 600 feet long (estimating from Google Earth) - enough space for the entire fleet!
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