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Heritage Railway Issue 267

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in this issue

3 min.
magnificent response – but there’s no time for complacency

VERY few heritage railways have yet to issue emergency appeals for funds as the acute lack of income resulting from the Covid-19 lockdown threatens both their immediate financial security and also their longer-term existence. The addresses to which to make donations to many of the appeals were published in our last issue, and the public response has been utterly magnanimous. We reported that the Severn Valley Railway feared extinction if it could not raise £250,000. Yet in the season where it had been due to celebrate half a century of running public services, it sailed past that target within three weeks, and now seems on the way, hopefully, to trebling it. Britain’s heritage lines are amongst the tourism jewels in the nation’s crown, and once lockdown is over, they will be desperately needed…

7 min.
digging deep to save our railways

A MASSIVE display of public support for Britain’s heritage lines in the Covid-19 crisis has seen tens of thousands of people respond to emergency appeals for funds – with the Severn Valley Railway’s (SVR) Fight Back Fund topping the list so far with more than £650,000 donated. In March, the railway launched an appeal for £250,000 to allow it to survive through the lockdown period, with most of its staff on furlough and income from running services abruptly halted, while essential bills need to be paid. However, SVR general manager Helen Smith said that despite the phenomenal response, the railway – like all others through the country, remains at risk while there is no firm end in sight of the pandemic or the easing of Government restrictions. She said:“We have been truly humbled…

2 min.
green trailblazing wins gold award for south tynedale

THE South Tynedale Railway has carried off the Gold award in the North East England Tourism Awards 2020. The judges said:“The staff and volunteers at South Tynedale Railway are committed to being ethical, responsible and sustainable. They are a shining example of a great community-focused venue with much of interest regarding steam trains for all ages.” Sustainability At the 2ft gauge line, which runs on the trackbed of the former standard gauge Alston branch, green energy has come to the fore with the installation of a biomass boiler and solar PVs, and the restoration and conversion of Hunslet 0-4-2T 1859 of 1937 Green Dragon, which now runs on waste virgin wood briquettes rather than the traditional coal. Smaller eco-friendly moves have seen a reduction in single use plastic by providing wooden cutlery, the use…

1 min.
huge public backing for cotswold landslip repairs appeal

THE Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Trust (G/WR) has raised more than £200,000 in less than three months through its nationwide £250,000 appeal, not launched to cover costs during Covid-19 lockdown as is the case of most other lines, but to fund the cost of repairing a landslip south of Gotherington station, as reported in issue 265. Spokesman Ian Crowder said: “I believe that the appeal’s success is down to firstly, having a specific focus – namely the landslip which needed urgent work to stabilise it using soil nailing and sheet piling. Much of this work has now been done. “Secondly, the G/WR is largely volunteer-run. It has only six paid staff but over 950 volunteers, so those contributing know exactly where their money is going. “All of us on the G/WR are deeply, deeply…

1 min.
ellis completes 26 miles on 7¼in gauge hand crank to help save heritage lines in crisis

ENTHUSIAST Ellis Morey has completed a lockdown marathon in aid of three heritage lines closed by the pandemic – by completing a 26.75-mile journey over a friend’s 7¼in gauge railway in Anglesey in seven hours, using a hand crank. The 25-year-old youth charity worker from Caernarfon used just his arms to power the American-built children’s hand crank over 26 miles, the total distance of three railways he chose to support with his Raising Steam Marathon – the Llangollen, Vale of Rheidol and Keighley & Worth Valley. His feat on May 1 was streamed live on Facebook, and as we closed for press, nearly £1500 has been raised at ie.gofundme.com/f/ raising-steam-marathon The line runs through the two-acre back garden of John Davies, who began teaching Ellis about railway engineering from the age of 11. Railways…

2 min.
wensleydale suspends services after two mishaps and staffing crisis

THE Wensleydale Railway voluntarily suspended services in advance of discussions with the Office of Rail & Road (ORR) over safety issues following two incidents. An incident on February 22, in which a tree on adjacent private land a third of a mile from Bedale station fell onto the line and was struck by Class 121 ‘Bubblecar’ No. 55032, crushing part of the non-driving side of the cab (issue 265), was reported to HM Railway Inspectorate (HMRI). On March 20, the automatic locally-monitored open crossing at Ham Hall between Leeming Bar and Northallerton malfunctioned – leaving A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado, which was being moved from the line to the National Railway Museum at York, to be flagged past at a speed of just 5mph. The crossing is on the part of the…