Welcome to the monthly Traction and Rolling Stock update!
This is a short update as not much has been happening throughout March as focus has been on preparing the track for trains to hopefully commence later this year.
Rusty – No. 525947
Ruston & Hornsby, LSSH, 0-4-0DH
Hector – No. VL6
Ruston & Hornsby, 88DS, 0-4-0DM (Privately Owned)
Class 37/0 Type 3, Co-CoDE (Privately Owned)
Powered Coaching Stock:
Class 108 DMU
Vehicles No. 51950 & 52062 (Privately Owned)
Class 144 DMU
Vehicles No. 55813 & 55836
Carriage & Wagon:
Ex-Power Station Weigh Wagon
Welcome to the monthly Permenant Way update!
Throughout March we have been continuing with the Spot Sleepering towards and into Horsehay & Dawley Station. So far approximately 70 have been changed from the point into the yard towards the station.
Once we got under the bridge in the station, it was realised that the rail itself needed replacing, not just the sleepers. We were unable to source a suitable replacement as the section of track was an abnormal length so the decision has been made to bring up some 30ft lengths of rail from Doseley as well as use concrete sleepers, to stop rot, and preserve the line for longer.
The job has temporarily been paused as we are waiting for machinery to arrive on site to assist with the digging and moving of concrete sleepers. For the mean time though the P-Way team are planning to ‘Jack and Pack’ the new sleepers as well as tamp so that trains can run over the track safely.
The below article is from volunteer Richard O, who talked about some of the work that happened at the start of the month.
“The sleeper replacement of the mainline into H&D is going really well. Having used all of the stock of suitable sleepers at Spring village, we recently found ourselves in need of more. Fortunately, over the last two weekends we have been blessed with good weather, and the use of a tractor and trailer, which has enabled us to bring up more sleepers from our store at Doseley Halt. Here they will be sorted into those suitable to be reused and those that are not. Those not suitable will have the chairs removed and made available for further use.
It was great to be working outside at. Quite a few people were out walking or cycling, all of whom were very interested in our plans to extend the line and were really looking forward to us being able to run trains down to Doseley Halt and onwards into Ironbridge. The ongoing support of the local community is really appreciated and gives us a lot of encouragement and enthusiasm to make the extension of the line a reality as soon as we can. “
The Permanent Way team also assisted S&T by helping to install new concrete cable troughing underneath the track in H&D Station to run power cables through.
That's the end of the update for March but we hope to have progressed even futher by the end of April, posiibly making it to the end of the Platform.
This short update regards the sale of Polar Express tickets for the 2021 event.
The Directors of the Board of Telford Steam Railway, are currently putting plans together for the 2021 Polar Express Event. However, due to the COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS pandemic, along with other factors we have no control over, we are currently unsure whether the event will be going ahead for 2021. The uncertainty about COVID-19 restrictions means we cannot risk putting plans in place which could lead to the railway shutting down permanently. We would like to politely request that readers of this post do not contact our social media team regarding the sales of Polar Express tickets until further updates are posted about the event. Our social media team are happy to answer any non-Polar Express queries, however, in recent weeks the volume of messages has been much higher and creates more problems for our voluntary team.
We assure you that as soon as we can be certain about our plans for the 2021 Polar Express Event, notice will go out on all of our social media pages alongside our website, keeping you up to date with what is happening.
Telford Steam Railway Marketing/Media Department.