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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 8:47 pm    Post subject: Hampton Loade ferry: 2015 onwards Reply with quote

Went to look at the HL ferry at the weekend and got a shock. It is not working and looks in a bad way half out the water leaning over & tied to the bank. Will it ever work again?
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read somewhere that due to family issues it is unlikely to run in 2015
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hearn_p wrote:
I read somewhere that due to family issues it is unlikely to run in 2015
it cant be good for its long term future left as it is. Great shame.
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think ran at all last year either, which is quite a shame.
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 5:52 pm    Post subject: Re: H. Loade ferry Reply with quote

Stato wrote:
Went to look at the HL ferry at the weekend and got a shock. It is not working and looks in a bad way half out the water leaning over & tied to the bank. Will it ever work again?


With the current owner I doubt it. Its supposedly up for sale - has not run since 2013 and apparently it was left in the river either this or last winter which has wrecked it.

It is very inconveniencing for people who would otherwise get off at Hampton Loade and walk to Dudmaston, The River and Rail etc. or park that side in the National Trust car park and come over and catch the train etc. This has all stopped.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the ferry protected like an old building. If not should it be.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, it isn't. It's difficult to see what it could be listed/protected as?

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:25 pm    Post subject: Re: H. Loade ferry Reply with quote

Stato wrote:
Went to look at the HL ferry at the weekend and got a shock. It is not working and looks in a bad way half out the water leaning over & tied to the bank. Will it ever work again?


From the above description seems like it's already listed!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The National Register of Historic Vessels would be closest, but the ferry is neither 50 years old nor over 33 feet long, and so does not qualify.

I suspect the fact it's only 11 years old would put a lot of agencies off - it would be like trying to get something like Kidderminster Town station listed!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the idea has sunk then!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:46 pm    Post subject: Re: H. Loade ferry Reply with quote

Lench_S wrote:
Stato wrote:
Went to look at the HL ferry at the weekend and got a shock. It is not working and looks in a bad way half out the water leaning over & tied to the bank. Will it ever work again?


With the current owner I doubt it. Its supposedly up for sale - has not run since 2013 and apparently it was left in the river either this or last winter which has wrecked it.

It is very inconveniencing for people who would otherwise get off at Hampton Loade and walk to Dudmaston, The River and Rail etc. or park that side in the National Trust car park and come over and catch the train etc. This has all stopped.


So is there any prospect of HL station staff taking the operation over?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny252 wrote:
The National Register of Historic Vessels would be closest, but the ferry is neither 50 years old nor over 33 feet long, and so does not qualify.
there has been a ferry there for a long time so bet it does quailfy for help from someone somehow?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you go to Hampton Loade on the SVR web site, it still suggests using the ferry to visit Dudmaston Hall. Can the text in the flash plug-in be edited?

The current (2014) 'From The Window' booklet also suggests using the ferry to visit Dudmaston Hall, but at least it does suggest phoning first to check whether the ferry is operating. "No I'm sorry madam, it's sunk...".
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dudmaston Hall website:- (nothing to do with us, I know)

How to get here by train:-

Hampton Loade (Severn Valley Railway) 1 miles; Kidderminster 10 miles. Please note, access via train is only possible when Hampton Loade ferry is in operation. Please call ferry operator in advance of journey.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dudmaston-estate/how-to-get-here/?findPlace=Dudmaston%20Estate&type=&view=map
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The guide line across the river is still there. How about offering the extreme sport of tight rope walking? You only get wet once!
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