November 2016 at the Bure Valley Railway
Despite the continuous drizzle, our Group had a great meeting at the Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham on November 12th. We met for the 11am return trip to Wroxham where we were hauled by Kitson style tank loco No.9 in reserved coach No.10. After watching the loco turn at Wroxham and taking photographs we had a brief visit to the book shop there before returning to Aylsham. After lunch in the Whistlestop Cafe we were very kindly treated to a tour around the maintenance and running sheds by General Manager Andrew Barnes. He gave us a talk on the history of the line with all it's high's and low's since contruction in 1989 and gave us many details about the locomotives and stock. We then had our meeting lasting about an hour in the museum room, where several models were on display.
We must thank Andrew and his staff for all the time they gave us and their kind hospitality on the day.
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Leek and Manifold Kitson style 2-6-4 loco No.9 "Mark Timothy" backs onto our train at Aylsham.
No.9 turning at Wroxham. The loco dates from 1999 originally built by Winson Engineering later re-built by Alan Keef Ltd to improve performance.
Our Group pictured beside No.9 back at Aylsham, all smiles despite the rain.
ZB style tender loco No.6 "Blickling Hall" receiving some further attention in the maintenance shed. Andrew told us the staggering details of the amount of development (which still continues) to get the BVR locomotives to perform better, right from the water quality problems, coal quality, cylinder bore, valves, balance weight issues, and track ballast to name a few.
ZB 2-6-2 tender loco No7 "Spitfire", tank loco No.8 "John of Gaunt" and the re-gauged Lister in the running shed.
One of the railways best assets are the coach bogies designed by TMA Engineering of which there are now about sixty in number.
Yard shunter and permanent way loco Hudson-Hunslet No.4 dating from 1954, at Aylsham.
Richard displayed his 009 ExpoNG Challenge Layout "Lester Tin Mine" based on a "fork" track layout. The mine building is a card model of East Pool Mine.
Displayed along with a couple of new Peco skip wagons was his Ruston LA loco made by Rod Allcock.
This loco is a wood and card model to 1:16 scale by Bill running on a modified Lima chassis.
Graham brought along new Gn15 stock including this as yet un-painted Smallbrook "Alice" Hunslet loco.
Graham also brought along his completed 009 layout "Ellerbank". Seen ready to depart is a train of two Eggerbahn coach conversions headed by a Chivers quarry Bagnall loco.
Standing in front of the "Ellerbank" layout are a Gn15 laser cut card kit by Stuart based on a Heywood style bogie coach and two scratch built 4- wheeled Gn15 coaches by Graham.
A very novel layout was brought along by Barry, an HO9 snap-together Japanese battery operated affair. The whole baseboard has different configurations with street tram or railway track levels.
Andrew displayed his new 009 scale layout under construction. He is now determining the position of the buildings and track work before fixing things down. The layout is 4ft long and lit by LED strip lighting.