It’s been a really nice few dry weekends at Apedale recently, which has been a welcome break from the rather persistent rain that we’ve been experiencing…
All this dry weather has allowed us to finally complete one of the key WDLR projects – a former Ashover Class D wagon. This was a major re-construction which included a large number of parts salvaged from Wagons #25 & #63.
With an eye on the major First World War Centenary next year, this vehicle has been restored to original WDLR condition. I have to express my thanks to my friends/colleagues at the AVLR who have helped to complete this vehicle & the many contacts who have provided useful spare parts and information over the last few years!
On to the next project…..
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It was the last Steam & Industry weekend at Apedale last weekend. You never know what might happen on these weekends. This weekend we steamed the newly restored Joffre for some crew training & de-bugging. Whilst it was out and about, we managed to get 2 of the WW1 wagons incorporated into the test train.
Here’s a little taster of what we may be able to repeat again next year…..
Well, its been a little while again – progress is being made though! Here we see the latest developments with the ex-Nocton/Alston bogie. It is coming along nicely. The latest addition has been the ex-Ashover wagon coupler, which had to have a significant repair (straighten the shaft & replace the end thread & nut) before it could be used.
Having had the good fortune to find some original drawings, I had ordered a batch of new coupler springs. The first of these were successfully installed on the bogie at the weekend.
The partner to this bogie for the “mystery” project has now been completed.
This is an ex-Ashover/FR bogie & is seen in Aurora Works’ yard, following its final coat of paint.
Currently I am assisting with the Moseley Railway Trust’s apprentice projects, so I’ve not been able to spend as much time on-site working on these projects directly when on-site as previous – many thanks to Mick, Terry & Alex for helping progress things.
I was once told in my day-job, that “there are always evenings & weekends”. Not sure they really meant this type of thing – but seems very appropriate!
It has been a little while since I last posted some progress – so here you are:
Ikea bogie kit
This shows a little of my “homework” projects. Painting/preparing these items away from site really help speed up the project.
- Ex-Ashover bogie re-assembly…
Also progressing well is the ex-Ashover bogie. As of 29/30/11, this was successfully reunited with its wheels. It was placed on the track & run around to the workshop complex – probably the first time it had run on rails in over 10 years!
- WDLR Bogie project – This frame arrived at Apedale from Alston with the Ambulance van in November 2010.
What a difference a few months make – compare these last couple of photos!
- Ex-South Tynedale bogie progess…
Well, here we go! This is my first post in the world of blogging…
I have been running the “War Department Light Railways” website for many years. This site includes a good archive of photos & information, but I have not been able to update it as much as I would like recently. I am aiming to use this blog to provide (as a minimum) regular updates on the various WW1 (& related) projects that I am working on or involved with (normally based at the Moseley Railway Trust (MRT), Staffordshire, UK).
Ambulance van chassis awaiting collection at Alston.
The story of the MRT is really well covered on the official website - suffice to say, since relocating to its new permenant home adjacent to the Apedale Valley Country Park great progress has been made & I have been able to start consolidating my own collection of vehicles together with the Trust collection. A recent item to arrive has been one of the larger surviving components of a former British Ambulance Van. This had seen post-war service at the famous Smiths Crisp’s Nocton Potato Estates in Lincolnshire, UK. It later passed through both the Lincs Coast Light Railway & South Tynedale Railway before being acquired by myself.
Chassis at Apedale - Moseley Railway Trust.
Seen in this post, the “Van” is awaiting collection at Alston in November 2010 & 1 week later at Apedale, now safely stored awaiting the restoration to start. Many thanks to our friends at the South Tynedale Railway & volunteers back at Apedale for helping with this.
And here is what the finished item will look like….
The finished item...