Posted by: wrha | May 24, 2015

Saturday 23rd May

A lovely day up at Whitrope with sunshine and very pleasant temperatures.

A variety of jobs were ongoing with several volunteers on site. Ian was working on the exterior paintwork on the buffet coach, which was starting to show some signs of wear after another winter up the hill. Alan was making further alterations to the exhibition. The focus of the day was to incorporate a couple of North British rails which Chris Donnelly has donated.

Chris meantime was busy inside the new office container applying more paint to the inside, which is now starting to look fairly smart. The other major job of the day was to fit the newly acquired catch pit. This was dug into position at the end of the bay platform, connecting inputs from the end of the bay and the field drain, then feeding them into the newly installed drainage system. This completes the drain at this end of the system. There is still some more work to do at the far end of the system to feed the drainage into the stream at bridge 199. The last length of pipe still needs some aggregate laying, but the team decided that was a job for anther day.

The pleasant weather brought out a few visitors who were very complimentary about the exhibition and site. The railway will be running unit RB004 this Sunday and each Sunday through the season.

Posted by: wrha | May 11, 2015

Weekend update 9-10th of May

Saturday started off very grey and a little damp, but fortunately improved as the day went on. Work focused on site in a number of areas, with the office being the main one. Davie was busy shaping up metal patches to repair some of the corroded areas. The one he completed was riveted in place and the next one should follow suit shortly. Once these repairs are complete the outside of the office will be painted. Inside Chris started to apply some emulsions to the walls, which is already improving the internal appearance.
One of the other jobs undertaken was to lay a new floor in the container that will become the garage for the dumper trucks. This was done using some of the large timber that we have had stored.
Peter and Tom worked on a number of jobs, whilst Alan and Bill were in the coaches.

Sunday again started poorly but got better as the day progressed. The unit was in action and a steady stream of visitors appeared.

Posted by: wrha | May 7, 2015

Galashiels update

Work continues across Galashiels on the new railway. The new footbridges at Plumtreehall Brae and Buckholmeside are now open to the public. The new station is progressing with the surface now being laid and the lighting columns installed. The bus station building across the road is starting to look much more complete.

Posted by: wrha | May 6, 2015

Roy Perkins’ funeral service

For those wishing to attend Roy Perkins’ funeral service, Roy’s family have now confirmed that the service will be held at Landican Cemetery and Crematorium, Arrowe Park Road, Woodchurch, Wirral CH49 5LW on Thursday 14th May at 3pm. Just off junction 3 of the M53.

 

Posted by: wrha | May 3, 2015

Saturday 2nd May

Saturday marked the first operating day of the new season and a great deal of work throughout the winter coming to fruition to ensure everything operated smoothly. The day itself was a rather grey drab affair weather-wise, although thankfully the promised rain held off until about 4 o’clock.

The day saw the first use of the refurbished buffet, which is vastly improved and now presents a smart location for customers to relax and enjoy some refreshments. The buffet coach now acts as the shop area with goods displayed in the old serving area and it looks really good. The whole area now has a much more professional feel. The exhibition which has seen a huge amount of work over the winter, has been completely re-organised and developed from last year. The exhibit now features a number of inter-active displays as well as video showing the old Waverley Route in operation and digital photographs, that chart some of the work undertaken in the development of the overall site.

RB004 was running on passenger services, carrying a wreath to mark the passing last week of out recent chairman Roy Perkins.

Elsewhere on site work started on the new office container we have just acquired from Network Rail. The metal shutters over the windows, which obviously have not been opened for a while, were freed up and some lubrication applied. The inside is in fairly good condition with just one broken window that needs replacing. The electrics will need to be re-wired and a coat of paint applied to the walls. The office will be a really useful addition to our facilities for the volunteers. It will provide good quality office space for the mountain of paperwork an operating railway needs and some much needed canteen space for working members.

Chris braved his fear of heights to apply paint to the higher reaches of the signal, which already looks better for it, although as always there is still more to do. Davie was at work on the Fowler as well as doing a bit of welding on the office container’s metal shutters. Duncan carried out some repairs to the generator, which cracked a fuel supply pipe last weekend and it is now back up and running.

Overall a good opening to the season with everything operating successfully. We hope to have a busy year this season and there are always lots of jobs to undertake, so if you fancy donating some of your time please pop along, there are always things you can do whatever skills you have.

Posted by: wrha | April 30, 2015

Roy Perkins

We have learnt the extremely sad news today that our recent chairman, Roy Perkins, has passed away.

Detail of funeral arrangements will be posted up when these become known.
Posted by: wrha | April 29, 2015

Mid-week update 29th April

A busy week at Whitrope with lots of jobs to complete ahead of the commencement of passenger operation this weekend. Work continues in both coaches and they are really starting to come together well.

Elsewhere Tuesday saw a number of deliveries to the site. With two containers acquired from Network Rail in Carlisle being delivered to site. The plan is to use one as our on-site office and signing on point and the other will be used to improve our storage / workshop facilities. The other delivery was a toilet block that we have purchased, it need some work before it will be ready for use. Once the work is completed it will vastly improve the facilities available for our visitors.

So plenty going on to prepare the site for this weekend and the upcoming season.

All pictures by Jim Dick

Posted by: wrha | April 26, 2015

Saturday 25th April

Saturday started off very grey and wet, but as the day went on the weather improved and by mid-afternoon was very pleasant.

The focus for the day was completing tasks ahead of the start of passenger operation next weekend. The path from the car park down to the platform had some more hard core placed on it and a dressing of type 1. There is still some further work to carry out on the path, but it is already looking much better.

The stock was shunted around to clear the running line for operations, with the Ruston being parked in the stock siding and RB004 ready for use at the end of the platform. Inside the coaches Iain, Alan and Bill continue to work away getting everything ready for the opening. Davie was also on site and took advantage of the improved weather in the afternoon to apply more paint to the Fowler.

The site is really progressing and with passenger operation from next weekend please come along to Whitrope and see the progress for yourself.

Posted by: wrha | April 23, 2015

Track Weekend – Sunday

The Sunday was a much cooler days with showers in the morning.

Further work was done north of the crossing with more of the run-round line gauged and screwed down. With completion of the current work on the drain alongside the bay platform, the sleepers for the access track were put roughly back into position. The rails will be replaced at a later date.

At the far end of the site more ballast drops were carried out as we start to bring the track on the far side of bridge 200 up to usable condition.

Elsewhere the team were busy in the coaches and Davie had the needle gun out working on the Fowler.

Overall a very successful weekend with a number of significant jobs either completed or advanced.

Posted by: wrha | April 20, 2015

Track Weekend – Saturday

Saturday was a glorious day up at Whitrope with wall to wall sunshine and lunch taken outside on the platform to take advantage of the warm weather before the midges appear.

Again there were a number of tasks on the agenda. The first being the fitting of the recently donated facing point lock. This will allow us to run over the point-work with passengers at some point in the future, so a large stride forward in our plans. Fitting the lock was quite a tricky job as it requires careful packing to ensure that the point locks correctly in both positions. After a bit of head scratching and a number of combinations we got there in the end and the facing point lock operated successfully from the ground-frame.

Dropping some of Friday’s ballast on the main running line north of the crossing was another job on the list. This was the first outing for our very own track ballaster the ‘shrimp’. A product of the Tony Cormack workshop the ‘shrimp’ fits on the back of a tractor and allows controlled ballast drops. With two hoppers in operation one being filled whilst one was in use, then the two of them are swapped around and the process begins again. The operation went really well, and those of us that have done this job with wheel-barrows can vouch for their worth!

Inside the coaches the exhibition is starting to take shape and the Mk1 buffet is now receiving coats of paint. Up in the car park Joe was busy remounting the car park gate which had been blown of its hinges during one of the winter storms. Davie continued to weld up the base of the signal, although the welder was being a little temperamental.

Overall a good day that advanced plans for the new season and achieved a number of jobs on our longer term aims list.

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