Posted by: wrha | October 16, 2018

A Summer Update

First of an apology for the lack of updates over the last couple of months. Hopefully the site will be updated on a regular basis from now on.
This blog will give a quick overview of some of the activities at Whitrope over the summer months, then future posts will give regular updates of works undertaken in the coming months.

The railway has been used on a number of occasions by local fire brigade units for a variety of exercises. We have already had two separate chemical incidents with casualties. One cardiac arrest and one under the Fowler with fractures. They also ran an exercise to recover a casualty form under a train in the platform. It is good to see the railway providing a useful resource for the local community.

A new electrical panel has been added to the generator room and is able to supply 13, 16 and 32 amp supplies. This suits the Oxford welder better and it now has a more stable supply and no longer trips the fuses.

RB004 is again the main traction at the moment although we lost a few weeks when a problem developed which required a lot of head-scratching to overcome. Eventually, the fault was traced and rectified so the unit is available for service throughout the remainder of the season. The permaquip unit suffered a hydraulic leak at the same time as RB004’s fault but replacing a ruptured O ring rectified the problem and it is also now available.

Work is still ongoing with the brake van and it is now looking good with its new safety doors. Most of the preparation has now been completed and the exterior brown paint is being applied.

The team working on the Fowler continues to progress towards completion. The pulley for the air compressor has now been completed and successfully fitted. The unit is now producing its own air to supply the brakes and other running controls. There is still a lot of work needing to be done, but the large shunt to free the Fowler from its current location is getting closer.

The buffet coach now has had a new floor laid in the vestibule and the new displays depicting the flora and fauna to be seen locally, along with a local geology section and weather station, have now been opened.

Members are on site every Saturday, weather dependent, so please feel free to pop in and say hello; you will always receive a warm welcome.

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Responses

  1. Well done chaps !!! this is what our “armchair” members like to see, with plenty of good pictures.

  2. Please can we have update on the Fowler.

    Membership 298.

    On Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:16 Waverley Route Heritage Association wrha posted: “First of an apology for the lack of updates over the last > couple of months. Hopefully the site will be updated on a regular basis > from now on. This blog will give a quick overview of some of the activities > at Whitrope over the summer months, then future p” >


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