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Open House Weekend: 08/09 April 2017
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:14 pm    Post subject: Open House Weekend: 08/09 April 2017 Reply with quote

PR issued today, I haven't added this to SVR Live as it doesn't add hugely to what is on the website.

Locos great and small at SVR’s Open House Weekend
From much-loved Manors to intricate miniatures, locomotives of all sizes will be in full working order at the Severn Valley Railway’s Open House Weekend.
The SVR’s popular model railway exhibition returns from April 8th - 9th, giving visitors the chance to marvel at up to 30 model railway layouts, on display in the Kidderminster Diesel Depot and The Engine House Visitor Centre.
Visitors will also be given the opportunity to experience the inner workings of the SVR, with behind the scenes tours of Bridgnorth Locomotive Works and Bewdley Yard, as well as Bridgnorth, Bewdley North and Kidderminster signalboxes open for visits.
The Railway’s resident steam fleet will be running an intensive service through the weekend, and the Paddock Garden Railway at Hampton Loade will be in operation on the Sunday.
Lewis Maddox, the SVR’s events coordinator said that although the event has a special emphasis on the SVR’s supporters and volunteers, the Railway will be warmly welcoming other visitors to join them.
“We expanded and enhanced the event for the first time last year and received such a positive response from our supporters, volunteers and the general public alike, that we are delighted to be running it again, and this year featuring even more model railway layouts – the intricacy of which is often breath-taking,” he explained.
“We are sure that this will be a hugely enjoyable way in which to bring our supporters together to say thank you for their on-going hard work and commitment and hopefully to attract future supporters and volunteers to the Railway.”
Model railways on display include:
Chollerford - '00' gauge layout based on Humshaugh Station which was situated on the former Border Counties/North British line from Hexham to Riccarton Jcn. With thanks to David Milford.

Oakenshaw - a fictitious West Yorkshire mill town set in the 1960s somewhere near to the real town of Keighley on the Airedale line. With thanks to Redditch MRC.

Castel Del Monte - based on the old 75cm narrow gauge railway that ran between Girona and Sant Feliu in Spain, the layout features scratch-built steam locomotives n a village station scene. With thanks to Keith Thompson.

The Abingdon Branch - an attractive '00' gauge layout inspired by its namesake, The Abingdon Branch has a great deal of operational and modelling interest. With thanks to Ivan Cadge.

Werrington Road - a small modern image layout depicting part of a steel works and the branch line along the grassy embankment that serves it. With thanks to Neil Favell.

Franwood TMD - '00' gauge fictional modern traction depot based loosely in the Black Country area of the West Midlands, operating traction from the 1970s to 1990s. With thanks to Neil Woodbine.

Barnstoneworth - set in deepest West Yorkshire, the branch line train arrives at the station passing through the town, football pitch and tunnel. With thanks to Edward Farms.

Little Aller Junction - running mostly diesel-hauled trains, the Junction is situated between two tunnels, so there's lots to see. With thanks to Chris Morris.

Ashburton - depicting the much-missed terminus of the Great Western Railway's branchline along the River Dart from Totnes to Ashburton. With thanks to Tony Minchin.

Illie Town TMD - modern image layout, including a two platform station, depot, ballast siding, steel warehouse and fuel point, you may even catch a glimpse of a Class 172/2! With thanks to Aaz Smith.

Thornton Gate Tramway - scratch built 'N' gauge prototypical Blackpool tramway layout, based on Blackpool's former P'way sidings. With thanks to Tom Williamson.

Burford - a 1930s 'HO' gauge Cotswold GWR branchline, built in the 1930s, and reworked in the 1970s! With thanks to Warley MRC.

Hergest - a secondary interchange between the standard and narrow gauge railways serving Hergest on the GWR Leominster to New Radnor branch. With thanks to Peter Cullen.

Bowlegget Manor - '009' gauge layout in the grounds of Bowlegget Manor, with passengers being carried through the old quarry on the estate. With thanks to Peter Cullen.

Brandeight - depicting all that remains of a 2ft 3in gauge light railway built by a late 19th Century industrialist and now running as a heritage railway. With thanks to Peter Hardy.

Bradford City Road - a busy terminus station with a large canopy, reached through soot-stained stone high retaining walls in a typical West Yorkshire urban scene. With thanks to David Harris.

Timber Valley - set somewhere in the Valleys of Yorkshire; the local community work at the sawmill, the branchline heads off into the hills and the station takes passengers to the mainline. With thanks to Dale Gillard.

Bournville Shed - running trains from 1939 through to the closure of the shed in 1960, the layout includes a number of recognisable features from the Birmingham West Suburban Railway. With thanks to Bournville MRC.

Todmorden Midland - 'N' gauge West Yorkshire terminus set in the 1950s with steam and diesel. With thanks to Ed Purcell.

Badgers Quay - GWR/Southern Railway terminus station next to the harbour, modelled in '00' gauge. With thanks to Roy Peddar.

St Andrews Road - making one of its first exhibition apperances; a 1960s BR London Midland region motive power depot with branchline. With thanks to Ben Davies.

Earl's Court - an LMS and GWR joint station in the London Suburbs, featuring commuter and passenger trains pasing through and alongside the parcels depot and dairy. With thanks to Terence Tew.

Meres & Mosses - based upon Ellesmere Wharf; a ‘009’ narrow gauge layout connecting the Wharf, via the Mere to Whixall Moss’s peat workings. With thanks to Ellesmere Model Railway Club.

Brewery Lane - a compact ‘009’ narrow gauge layoutwith a small brewery in an industrial area. With thanks to Ellesmere Model Railway Club

Stoney Hill West - a fictional location in southern Ontario served by the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1990's with a small freight yard served, engine depot and factory sidings accessed from the yard.

Black Road - '0' gauge live-steam fictitious preserved railway, operated by a fleet of small industrial locomotives; featuring Pecketts, Hudswell Clarkes and many more. With thanks to Brian Caton.

Studley & Astwood Bank - the countryside by-way in the steam and diesel era on a 'U' shaped layout. With thanks to Steve Monk.

Funicular Railway - entering the model railway circuit in 2017, the arduino-controlled OO-scale funicular railway is being built by a father and son team and is like nothing else attending the event. With thanks to Nicholas Bond.

All exhibits are subject to availability. All model railways are subject to availability.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the idea of having layouts inside the diesel depot. A good idea.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To celebrate the 25 anniversary of the relationship between the Fifty Fund and the Severn Valley Railway, we are offering the chance to drive a class 50 locomotive. This opportunity will take place over the Open Weekend.

More details and to book your place... Follow this link: http://www.sales.fiftyfund.org.uk/drive_a_fifty.htm
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good when will the timetable be out?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I notice there is a 50 out on the Open House weekend despite it still being steam heat period.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GWR5764PT wrote:
I notice there is a 50 out on the Open House weekend despite it still being steam heat period.

If I remember correctly it was a 20 last year at a similar time of year.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

d431hood wrote:
To celebrate the 25 anniversary of the relationship between the Fifty Fund and the Severn Valley Railway, we are offering the chance to drive a class 50 locomotive. This opportunity will take place over the Open Weekend.

More details and to book your place... Follow this link: http://www.sales.fiftyfund.org.uk/drive_a_fifty.htm

These places are selling well with the Sunday morning slots now over half full and Saturday afternoon not far behind.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KJEvans wrote:
GWR5764PT wrote:
I notice there is a 50 out on the Open House weekend despite it still being steam heat period.

If I remember correctly it was a 20 last year at a similar time of year.


I suppose we should be that shocked as the diesel gala was until last year held in the steam heat months.

PS what sets are being used for the full line trips on that weekend, and why on Saturday didn't they just put in the old D timetable with 5 full length trains. The engine crew on engine for S4 will have a longer day and the poor TTIs and guard will have close to a 12 hour day. There can be no argument that it is a change from the public timetable as there was no public timetable announced.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have another question will the limited be the normal (for 2017) 6 coaches?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A quick look at thw WTT on demand doesn't show anything yet.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As it is only one round trip I assumed it is the diner.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very busy today for the first day of this event. Never seen the 9F in green before, looks good.

I've solved the problem of getting a seat on the 10-something northbound, -go first class. Interestingly I heard the TTI say that everyone in first except myself was a pass-holder, so he only collected £4 in upgrade money.

( I know,....buy some shares!! )

One negative was the exhaust fumes from the class 50 near the concourse at Kidderminster. Quite unpleasant, particularly on start up about 09-30.

What a pity it could not have been arranged to have a static steam loco at KDR, instead of another 50!

Rob


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Derby4 wrote:
Very busy today for the first day of this event. Never seen the 9F in green before, looks good.

Rob

Filmed it returning to Kidder early in the afternoon, I like watching a 9F in action.

https://youtu.be/nQbS92cAfGQ
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Derby4 wrote:


What a pity it could not have been arranged to have a static steam loco at KDR, instead of another 50!

Rob

This actually made a lot of sense in context. The class 50 driving taster included an engine room tour and they used the static 50044 for that before taking participants over to 50031.

Was a good move in my view, as I would imagine that the engine room of 50031 would be unpleasantly hot considering she was in use.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ManorFan wrote:
Derby4 wrote:


What a pity it could not have been arranged to have a static steam loco at KDR, instead of another 50!

Rob

This actually made a lot of sense in context. The class 50 driving taster included an engine room tour and they used the static 50044 for that before taking participants over to 50031.

Was a good move in my view, as I would imagine that the engine room of 50031 would be unpleasantly hot considering she was in use.
Exactly the reason the arrangement was put in place. Without the two locos in close proximity, the Drive a 50 event would not have been a realistic proposition.

Over the two days over 80 people had the chance to drive either 50049 (on the Saturday) or 50031 (on the Sunday). All those I saw after they had driven the loco came a way with big grins on their faces. So we must have done something right.

Thank you to everyone who paid up and took part. The profits from the activity will be split 50:50 between class 50 restoration work and the costs of finishing off the diesel shed.
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