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|08 October 2010 WEARDALE RAILWAY UPDATE : No.46|
WEARDALE RAILWAYS OWNER ANNOUNCES NEW ACQUISITION
RAILWAY ON TV : As previously
mentioned the ‘George Gently’ detective series episode featuring the
Weardale Railway was shown on BBC 1 on the 3rd October. It was
filmed near Bridge 32 west of Stanhope station (see Newsletter No 38 for
details). Although the loco was in use from 6am to 7pm – it travelled as far
as Eastgate, the segment in the programme lasted only about 15 seconds, it did
however show Norman Swindle, the driver, looking ahead for dead bodies.
Julia Bradbury from the BBC’s
Countryfile programme speaks to
No 40 on Bridge 34 during the
filming session for the
HANSON TRACTION : Weardale
Railways majority shareholder, British American Rail Services has just
announced the acquisition
of Hanson Traction, Garcia Hanson, Hanson Traction’s managing director
and principal owner, will become British American’s Commercial
Director for all business units, with particular responsibility for rail
freight, locomotive hire, and locomotive maintenance operations. Hanson
Traction is based at Washwood Heath near Birmingham and currently owns
seven locomotives (Classes 56, 31 and 50).
Mike Fairburn is now appointed as Operations Director.
Ed Ellis, president of British American, said that “Adding
Hanson Traction to the portfolio of our rail-related operations will
substantially enhance our ability to serve the market. It will support
British American’s goals in rail freight and simultaneously increase
the company’s ability to maintain and repair its locomotives in-house.
In addition, we are particularly excited about having Garcia Hanson join
our management team, as he brings a wealth of commercial expertise to
the company.” The
full Press statement and some details of the fleet are attached to this
War on the Line 2010 : The Peckett No. 2000
hauling the Heritage coaches on Saturday18th September,
COAL PROJECT UPDATE : Since the last Newsletter the ‘No’ group have
initiated the Judicial Review process over Durham County Council’s
approval of the Coal Loading Depot at Wolsingham. The first stage of
this process is for the initiator to
convince the Judge that there is a case to review, only if he decides
there is a case will the review go ahead. Meanwhile the Project team,
under Manager Dave Million are proceeding
with all the preparatory detailed implementation plans and
obtaining the various consents required under the planning approval.
Work is also underway on clearing the ground so that work on the depot
EASTGATE PROJECT : Prior to the formalisation of the pending Budget cuts, One North East has announced
a series of project cuts which includes £1 million for the Eastgate Eco
village Project. As it now seems unlikely that the project will
continue, at least in its presently planned form, the Company is
exploring other possible alternative
options to utilise all or part of the site
SANTA 2010 : David Million reports that bookings are continuing to roll in, with now over
90% of the booking being made online. One trip the 13.30hrs on November
27th is already fully booked. So please tell friends and
family to book now if they want a choice of dates. To book online or
download a form click here.
scene at Stanhope with Mark Woodhams looking after
|The two Class 31’s mentioned in Newsletter 45 en route to Wolsingham, caught by John Lewins at Eldon Lane on September 15th.|
DEPOT LATEST : No. 40 -- GOOD NEWS : The last two wheel bearings have now been re-machined and
returned to the depot and should be fitted to the locomotive by the end
of this week. This work has been completed by Richard Campbell of
Stanley who has also carried out the work on all the other bearings and
on reprofiling the axles. Now that all the bearings have been
re-machined to the high standards which Richard employs we trust that
the Locomotive will be able to stand up to the demands of working the
Weardale Line – a much harder task than it faced either in its NCB
days or on the short, flat Colne Valley line. Once it has been passed fit to run it is
planned to utilise
No. 40 on the weekends around the October half term holidays working the
Heritage portion of the timetable.
Steve Race also reports that he hopes to complete work on the
Griddle car after which attention turns to fixing the steam heating on
the Mk 1 coaches.
JUNIOR CLUB :
PARTNERSHIP WITH KING JAMES 1 SCHOOL : On Thursday this week, Junior Club members are attending King James 1
School in Bishop Auckland as part of the school’s year 6 open night.
The open night, which is aimed at potential new students for 2011, will
be railway themed as part of a partnership link up between the school
and the Weardale Railway. Each school department will be given a
Weardale station name and the prospective students are invited to
“take a train journey” through the school, having their Weardale
Railway Day Rover clipped as they visit each station. The railway
launch day video will be shown on a large screen in the school reception
and the Junior Club members will run a G scale model layout and a
promotion / recruitment stand. The
long term relationship between the School and the Railway includes a
school based WR Junior Club and visits to the Weardale Railway and Iowa
Pacific railways within the United States.
Here is how affiliate
railway the Rio Grande Scenic
The second DMU -141113
gets a day out on September 12th
FROM THE INTRAY :
AMATEUR RADIO EVENT WAS HELD AT STANHOPE STATION ON SEPTEMBER 26th
attach the certificate awarded to Matt and yourself celebrating the
special event at Stanhope yesterday. All stations who worked over the
weekend will get a personalised copy of this certificate from us. Ruth,
thank you and the Railway for the great hospitality shown to Matt and I
- it was really first rate. Thanks also for allowing us to use your
that Weardale Railway will be able to join in again another year."
by Gerry Mudd :
Please send your queries, comments, suggestions , photos and submissions
British American Railway Services acquired the
rail operations of ECT Group in September, 2008, and today has operations
• Rail Management Services, Ltd. (RMS Locotec), which
provides: o Railway track construction services;
Railway track maintenance services; and
Shunting locomotive hire and maintenance services.
• Weardale Railways, CIC,
which provides community rail services in County Durham, and expects to
begin freight services in early 2011.
• Dartmoor Railway, CIC,
which provides community rail services in Devon.
details : Source – Wikipedia
Washwood Heath AC
unserviceable / Source of spares.
|16 September 2010 WEARDALE RAILWAY UPDATE : No.45|
WOLSINGHAM AND STANHOPE SHOW SERVICES SUCCESSFUL
Two views of the temporary platform in use for the Wolsingham Show on
Saturday 4th August.
Peckett loco Number 2000, built in Bristol in 1942 which
31 loco number 31608 non a Network Rail engineering train.
It is owned by Weardale Railway affiliate D & C Railway.
(Photo : D Sellers )
RAILWAY PASSENGER SURVEY : Our
Marketing team leaders, Clive and Wendy Elsdon, conducted a passenger
survey between August 13th and 24th . The results
are still being analysed, however some of the major findings are : 60%
of the passengers were new to the Weardale Railway, Stanhope and Bishop
Auckland are the major points of origin/destination. 17% of the
passengers connected to/from Northern Rail at Bishop Auckland and 58% of
passengers were 51 or older. The majority of passengers were making
return journeys, were travelling for pleasure and felt the fares were
reasonable. A joint BARS/WRCIC
Marketing meeting was held after the Board meeting on the 31st
August at which the results of this survey and the recent fare promotion
in the Dale were discussed. Such was the success of the
evening low fare promotion that plans are being
developed to try to
develop more passenger traffic from Darlington and Bishop Auckland.
Entries with cheque,
payable to “WRJC” should be sent to:- Project 5226 Competition,
Weardale Railway Junior Club,
SPECIALS BOOKING FAST : Dave Million reports that bookings
for the trains are coming in
at rapid rate. So far this
year 85% of the bookings are being made online. Please remind any
intending passengers you may meet that early booking is advisable if you
want your choice of dates.
RAILWAY ANNOUNCES STRONG TRAFFIC RESULTS : In
a statement issued to the
press British American Railway Services, Ltd said its Weardale Railways
unit has experienced strong and growing demand for the community rail
service it launched on May 23 upon reopening the line, providing local
and connecting rail service in County Durham between Bishop Auckland,
Wolsingham, Frosterley and Stanhope. Since the start of service on 23
May, 16,384 passengers have been carried.
In the week ending 28 August, 1,689 passengers were carried, or
an average of 241 passengers per day during the week. Weardale Railway
operates five Stanhope – Bishop Auckland return trips daily Monday –
Friday, and three return trips Saturday and Sunday, in addition to
heritage services. Many
services are staffed by volunteers.
Weardale trains connect with Northern Rail trains to and from
Darlington at Bishop Auckland. There
is a short walk between the Weardale Railway and Northern Rail stations
in Bishop Auckland. BARS
and Weardale have substantial American ownership through short
line-railway operator Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC.
The American short line model integrates track maintenance,
traction and rolling stock maintenance, and freight and passenger
operations under a single entity for cost-effective, locally-managed
light-density branch line operations, and that model is being rolled out
on the Weardale Railway with a combination of the community service,
heritage services, and a new coal-loading terminal which will open in
late 2010. County Durham
and the Weardale Railway Trust are also owners of Weardale Railways, CIC.
Autumn (or should we say fall) is the season when the spectacular scenery
on our affiliate railway
Class 47 ‘Roy Castle OBE’ at the head of the returning SRPS Charter
At the country end of the charter West Coast Railway owned Class 47 :
WAR ON THE LINE DETAILS HERE
by Gerry Mudd
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