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Spring Steam Gala: March 2016
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

4566 still going, working with 6412 on 15.40 off Kidder
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sharpo wrote:
4566 still going, working with 6412 on 15.40 off Kidder


"Reported" that she was using a lot of water and so was topped up at Highley and elsewhere en route. She later double headed back to Bridgnorth.

Any reports from the MPD welcome!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was on the 9:50 from Kidderminster this morning, supposed to be 4566 and 6412 double headed, however 6412 was filling in for 1450 which itself was filling in for 1501. Load was GW2 reduced to 6. 4566 made a loud fuss out of the climb up to the tunnel and at Bewdley we overheard why. They were having brake trouble though it was unclear exactly whether it was an engine or train problem. We left Bewdley 10 mins down and 4566 still sounded like it was pulling a lot more than 6 coaches and at Highley had to take on water as a result. We made it to Bridgnorth only a few mins late, a great effort by the crew ! 2857 seemed to have no trouble after swapping onto the set at Bridgnorth.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we were all confused by events today. Yesterday's Duty Officer left the list of loco changes due to 1501's broken spring in the loco dept at Bridgnorth at 0030! I should have been on 1501 all day, and went to bed not knowing what to expect in the morning. It turned into 1450 in the morning to Bewdley and back, and then 43106 in the afternoon to Kidder and back. Very pleasant day, and a nice easy disposal!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the 45 on Saturday afternoon, with the problems as reported.. It was definitely off beat, but the brakes were fine. We also took water at Highley, but not from desperation, because it was sensible and we had an hour and a half wait there.

With only 4 LMS coaches, the engine ran like a deer. It was a dream to work.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The two 64's were on their way todsy, pic on the official Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/svrofficial/photos/a.216795638398146.51477.215794101831633/968029923274710/?type=3&theater
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hearn_p wrote:
So, to summarise:

7802 ‘Bradley Manor’ succumbed before the Gala with a persistent leak in an inaccessible area of the outer firebox which the owners report will take a couple of weeks to fit.

Visiting Witherslack Hall was found during the week before the gala to have a hot fireman’s side trailing bogie axlebox. It is being repaired and is anticipated to be in action over the Easter weekend instead.

Another visitor, 6430 had a problem with collapsed firebars on disposal on Friday. 6430 was repaired, and sent south on the back of the 1045 passenger train the next morning so that it could take up the rest of its diagram.

1501 had suffered a broken spring on arrival back on shed on Saturday night and it will miss the Sunday of the Gala

1450 failed on arrival back on shed on Saturday night with a collapsed grate and a repair is being attempted

4566 is reported on the Sunday to have suspected piston ring trouble...

Anyone run over any black cats?

Patrick



I thought the gala on Saturday was quite quiet for a gala. I found it quite easy to get any photos. Only a single line of people along the dirt footpath by pan pudding hill.

As for black cats I've got one I call him Ginger.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe2027 wrote:

I thought the gala on Saturday was quite quiet for a gala. I found it quite easy to get any photos. Only a single line of people along the dirt footpath by pan pudding hill.


I think Sunday appeared to be quieter than Saturday at Highley.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It certainly wasn't hard to get a good photo spot at Highley on Sunday. At times we were the only people taking photographs from the footbridge/by the foot crossing/by the crane, i.e. the common photo spots - in the past I've usually had to fight my way through crowds of photographers to do a token exchange...
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sharpo



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny252 wrote:
It certainly wasn't hard to get a good photo spot at Highley on Sunday. At times we were the only people taking photographs from the footbridge/by the foot crossing/by the crane, i.e. the common photo spots - in the past I've usually had to fight my way through crowds of photographers to do a token exchange...

Having a quick look through some of my videos, there were hardly any people alongside the fence by the signal box at Highley or on the footbridge, in the distance there weren't many people on the balcony or by the fence at the Engine House.

Must say I enjoyed it. Also pleased to be able to see southbound departures from the goods yard at Bewdley - that view is usually blocked wagons, but the goods was shorter this year.

One point I must mention though, on Sunday afternoon there was a very long gap between southbound trains at Highley - 13.27 then 14.55. No southbound ecs movements either. I was worried that the 14.55 might be full, but it wasn't, I got a seat without a problem. Shows it was rather quiet. The Bridgnorth end of the line didn't seem to have so many trains on Sunday, probably why I stay more to the south.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:19 pm    Post subject: gala Reply with quote

hello
I have managed to sort through my photos from Saturday
www.stevebottrill@zenfolio.com
it did seem quiter then normal I was the only one at the tunnel !!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As benchmarks for the SVR Gala, when figures are to hand

SVR 2015

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4313 passengers visited over the weekend (1380 – Friday, 1652 – Saturday, 1281 – Sunday) compared to 3877 in 2014, an 11% increase on last year’s Gala and 5% up on budget (4200).


WSR 2016

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The West Somerset Railway's six day 2016 Spring Steam Gala took as its theme the 50th Anniversary of the closure of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway and the event was a great success overall with 6627 passengers travelling and busy trade being reported at the stations and in the shops and catering outlets along the route of the WSR. Of those who travelled no less than 5328 journeyed over the four days 10 to 13 March, with 5 March and particularly 6 March being quieter.


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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just an observation, the diesel gala was popular notwithstanding withdrawal of a flagship visitor, D213 (and the 26), and bad publicity in the run up.

The Steam Gala failed to meet budget numbers because of the late withdrawal of the flagship visitor, Witherslack Hall.

What could the SSG learn from the diesel gala?

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std tank



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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hearn_p wrote:
Just an observation, the diesel gala was popular notwithstanding withdrawal of a flagship visitor, D213 (and the 26), and bad publicity in the run up.

The Steam Gala failed to meet budget numbers because of the late withdrawal of the flagship visitor, Witherslack Hall.

What could the SSG learn from the diesel gala?

Patrick

Could it be that a lot of Steam Gala regular visitors gave the SVR a miss because of the complete cock-up with regards to the Autumn Gala?
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