SVR Rolling Stock Trust News - Archive
Your Hall or Mine?
Viscount Cobham of Hagley Hall has kindly accepted an invitation to become Patron of The Friends of Locomotive 4930 Hagley Hall Group.
This announcement comes at a key time in the history of the locomotive, and we look forward to welcoming Lord Cobham at our future events.
Car takes glory in head to head charity challenge
A MORGAN 3 Wheeler triumphed over Severn Valley Railway locomotive Sir Keith Park in today’s battle of two Midlands engineering icons. The dashing pair went head to head in a thrilling time trial between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster to raise cash for the BBC Children in Need appeal.
Going loco on the footplate was Sky Sports presenter Vicky Gomersall while Coronation Street actor Tony Hirst, who plays fireman Paul Kershaw, was the man behind the wheel. Mr Hirst was the first to arrive under the Kidderminster station clock, five minutes ahead of the train.
Along the 16 mile route, each driver collected traditional railway tokens with the Morgan team jumping out at Highley and Arley stations and running over a bridge. Both competitors were spurred on by hundreds of onlookers at stations down the line.
The train pulled eight coaches carrying customers, Pudsey Bear and youngsters from Bridgnorth schools and Edward’s Trust. A victorious Mr Hirst said: “This is a real champagne moment for me. I’ve had an amazing time driving a wonderful car through the English countryside. Everyone has made Vicky and I feel so welcome.
Ms Gomersall added: “Being taught to drive a beautiful locomotive which has been restored to its former glory was a memorable experience and it was great to see so many people cheering us on.”
Time trial organiser John Leftwich of the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd said: “This has been a hugely enjoyable event to stage and we’ve enjoyed massive support from our celebrities and the local community. We’re still collecting money but I’m confident we’ll have raised more than £5,000.”
Skyfall - Preview
Boiler suits and hi-viz jackets were swapped for black tie and tuxedos for a glittering Premier of the new Bond movie Skyfall at The Worcester Odeon.
120 guests of the railway were treated to a preview of the film 24 hours before general release. Not only was it a great film but the opening sequence featured a train top duel between Bond and one of the bad guys.
Ticket sales and a raffle raised £3,000 for the newly formed SVR Charitable Trust.
Bransford Trust Supports Heritage Training Academy
Worcester based Bransford Trust has contributed £5,000 to the SVR Charitable Trust to help fund the forthcoming Heritage Skills Training Academy. Bransford Trust have long supported work with youngsters in the county and found the academy very appealing in helping create essential skills and employment in Worcestershire.
Detailed restoration update for September 2012.
LNER Carriage Group Newsletter
The LNER Carriage Group's occasional email newsletters are now available online here, where you can also register and keep up to date with the LNER Carriage Group.
The Rolling Stock Trust’s restored LMSR First Class Dining Car, 7511, has been chosen by the Heritage Railway Association as the winning coach in the Carriage and Wagon competition for 2010 which has just been announced today.
The judges considered it “a first class restoration earning its living in dining service”.
And we congratulate Richard Gunning on his retirement from “real work”. He can now concentrate fully on rebuilding the Trusts LNER Pidgeon Van without the distraction of having to earn a living!
Local businessman and philanthropist John Leftwich has been appointed as a trustee of the newly formed SVR Charitable Trust Ltd.
The grandson of a boilermaker on Tyneside, John has steam - LNER steam to be precise - in his blood. Having received a “Tornado” model locomotive from his wife for Christmas, the ritual spare room conversion has been undertaken and a sizeable layout is now under construction. One thing led to another and when invited by Nick Paul, Chairman, John jumped at the chance of joining the group.
John hopes to be able to combine his interest in railways with his many years of experience in senior sales & marketing positions around the world. He will chair the newly formed Development Committee with specific focus on fundraising so as to enhance and maintain the SVR’s position as the leading heritage line in the country. He was until recently Area Chairman for The Prince’s Trust.
Hugh McQuade, Chariman of the Trust commented “I welcome his experience and the obvious enthusiasm he has for our railway.”
Severn Valley Railway Charity forges ahead
Severn Valley Railway is to broaden the scope of its charity, preserving an industrial treasure for generations to come.
The Severn Valley Railway is one of the UK’s leading tourist attractions, giving pleasure and firsthand experience of our industrial heritage to well over 200,000 visitors each year. The railway is operated by volunteers who give up their free time to run steam trains, providing visitors with access to the beautiful valley, towns and villages of the River Severn.
This year the SVR celebrates the opening of the railway in 1862, which means the buildings and infrastructure is now over 150 years old. Operating and maintaining a railway of this era safely is a very expensive business, particularly in the case of the SVR given the age of its stations, bridges and track, all of which must be maintained in top condition.
Ten years ago the SVR Rolling Stock Trust was formed to help care for the locomotives, carriages and wagons which are such an important part of the Railway. The Trustees and Members of the Charity have agreed to broaden the remit of the Trust to help raise funds for the care of the SVR’s buildings and structures.
Chairman of the Trust, Hugh McQuade explains, the Trust has done so much to help the railway over the past ten years by restoring and helping to maintain the carriages in original condition.“The railway is now so popular it carries more trains and passengers than it ever did. In addition to the rolling stock, we now need to protect and preserve the buildings and structures in their original condition wherever possible, so our visitors can appreciate our magnificent collection of railway vehicles in authentic surroundings.”
The Trust is now responsible for around one third of the SVR’s veteran working carriages and two locomotives, Great Western Railway 7819 ‘Hinton Manor’ and 4930 ‘Hagley Hall’ are awaiting restoration. It is hoped the expanded Trust will help with the funds needed to return the locomotive to service once more.
Further Fundraising Potential
The Trust has been working closely with the Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) plc company who’s chairman, Nick Paul OBE, is a former chairman of Advantage West Midlands. Nick sees the Trust as playing a major role in the future of the SVR. “The SVR brings so much pleasure to the thousands of visitors it hosts each year and makes a significant financial contribution to the local economy. We must ensure its future and we have exciting plans for maintaining future generations’ interest in the railway. These changes announced today pave the way for expansion of our fundraising activities to preserve and enhance our position as an industrial treasure”
To reflect the changes the Trust has been renamed the ‘Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd’ along with a new identity.
Trust name change
At the Extraordinary General Meeting of the Trust it was unanimously agreed to change the Title and Aims of the charity to widen its remit. Since then the matter has been passed over to the solicitors to complete the formalities at Companies House. Changes to the website will shortly follow, as will the bank mandate and other forthcoming literature. There is no need for anyone to alter their standing orders as the Banks will do the necessary when the time comes.
Meanwhile down in the yard, on our turntable, volunteers from the Worcester Bosch group were applying the grey undercoat. This had been delayed by the wet weather for a month, but work parties on Wednesday and Thursday 24th/25th were able to make the most of the sunny weather. On the Wednesday the work was interrupted by the arrival of loco 7812 ”Erlestoke Manor” which had to be turned before setting of to Bewdley to collect the Olympic flame. The Painters were very impressed to see their handiwork being used so effectively, and marvelled at the speed at which such a large locomotive could be quickly turned around with so little fuss or effort. The repainted side of the turntable was then facing the main railway, and we hope the Olympic flame was duly impressed by the display!
LNER Restaurant Kitchen Composite, 7960
Work was also taking place at the same time on the Trust's LNER Restaurant Kitchen Composite, 7960 at the hands of its regular volunteer team. Sink waste pipework for the pantry has been commenced, with a view to being able to let water out, before we try to fill the tanks and test the water supply to the new boiler, just in case there are any problems. Panelling out of the kitchen walls has begun, and the layout of kitchen equipment and services is now on our minds. Other finishing off works in the passenger saloon includes attention to the window drain channels.
Changes proposed to SVR Rolling Stock Trust Co. Ltd.
For some time discussions have been taking place within the SVR family, with a view to extending the Charity’s Aims as it was felt that we are restricted in the projects we can undertake. The proposal would allow the Trust to increase its charitable fundraising and to undertake work which had not previously been possible, such as infrastructure projects.
For the SVR Spring Gala the Trust's LNER Kitchen Restaurant Car 7960 will be running in passenger service for the first time since withdrawal by BR in the early sixties. 7960 will be on the south end of the LNER set, making this an 8 coach train of Gresley teaks, and the biggest in the country! A supplement will be charged to ride in 7960 and it expected to be hauled by 1744 the GNR N2 tank, then 4464 "Bittern" the A4 pacific for most of the time, and double headed briefly on Saturday by 69023 the J72 and 1744. On Sunday 7960 will be shunted into Kidderminster No 2 dock platform, and will be open for viewing.
Although this will be 7960's debut in passenger use, it is by no means finished. Operationally it is fit to carry passengers, but the pantry and kitchen are still under development, so it is not quite capable of making a cup of tea yet. Recent work has seen the gas pipework installed from the gas boxes to the pantry, where it only awaits delivery of the boiler before we can make a brew. The finished dresser and two nearly completed cupboard units also show how close this room is to becoming a workplace again.
The kitchen has been cleared of restoration materials left over from earlier work in the saloons and pantry, but as yet only wiring to the lighting locations and fan positions has been carried out.
The high standard of restoration in 7960 has to be seen to be believed, and it contrasts sharply with the rundown interior in Tourist Third Open 43600, two coaches further back in the train. This is due entirely to wear and tear as a result of almost continual use in service since 1977!
The Trust has placed an £8,000 order for reproduction third class moquette to the same pattern as used in 2701 (and the Quad-arts on the North Norfolk) this month. This will enable both 43600 and sister Third Open 52255 to be reupholstered at their next works visits, due in 2013.
On behalf of the SVR Rolling Stock Trust we hope everyone enjoys the Gala and as many people as possible get to ride in 7960 on its inaugural trips. Next year, maybe tea and cakes!
SVRA Raffle Draw
The SVR Rolling Stock Trust Co Ltd (Registered Charity 1092723) recently purchased railway carriage No. 52255. This 1935 York-built passenger coach is part of the SVR’s wonderful art deco heritage ‘Teak Train’ of ex-LNER wooden-bodied carriages. This set is one of the line’s most distinctive trains and a great favourite with passengers.
Another Gresley for the TRUST!
1935 built LNER Tourist Third Open No. 52255, in service on the SVR for three decades was reluctantly put up for sale by the owner, John Giles. After receiving two strong bids, John agreed to let the Trust match the largest and call a halt to a bidding frenzy, so that 52255 could remain on the SVR. The Trust put together a collection of donations which will all be able to have gift aid attached, and during March became the new owner. The deal has the blessing of the SVR(H) and (G) companies as neither board wants to lose a 64 seat vehicle from one of the most distinctive and popular trains on the line. Members of the LNER(SVR)Coach Fund have been particularly generous in their support for this initiative. Now in Trust ownership, plans for upgrading the interior by producing luggage racks, coat hangers and mirrors were put in place. Chromed coat hangers already to hand are ready for installation. Castings for the long luggage racks are in stock awaiting polishing and machining, so this work will be ongoing throughout 2011, but installation will have to wait until all six racks are completed later in the year.
24068, a Brake Corridor Composite in working order.
The Coach Fund workforce have agreed to act as the "LNER Coach Group, a Department of the SVR Rolling Stock Trust Co." As such they will fund raise and care for their 'former' vehicles as agents of the Trust with all the benefits of charitable status when it comes to raising money for these three vehicles. The LNER(SVR) Coach Fund will still remain in being as owners of GNR 2701 and LNER 24105.
We welcome the LNER group to our little charity, together we can get things done.
Best wishes to all our readers for the New Year, and hoping to bring you news of further acquisitions soon.
The Severn Valley Railway, Wolverhampton Branch are promoting several projects in respect of "Friends of Hinton Manor", these are:
To order either the above, please send a cheque payable to "SVR Wolverhampton Branch" c/o 31 Oakleigh Drive, Codsall, Wolverhampton, WV8 1JP.
`Fittings Fit for a Manor` - The Branch is also the sponsor of the latest SVR raffle. Booklets of tickets are in the latest members mailing from the SVR - first prize £781.9! Further info here.
Hugh McQuade presented former Trust Chairman Alan Osborne with an engraved decanter and his wife Judy with flowers. The presentation was made by the directors of RST in recognition of the key role Alan played in establishing the Trust and chairing it for the first few years. Photographed at Bridgnorth Station 21st March 2010.
Latest restoration update for January 2010.
Latest restoration update for November 2009.
Latest restoration update for October 2009. With 7511 complete, the 7511 web page is updated with a fine photo.
A successful Barbeque was held at Arley on August Bank holiday in aid of 7819 Hinton Manor. Trains from Bridgnorth and Kidderminster were run to bring staff and friends to the venue, and the DMU group ran their bar from the DMU parked in the up platform. Music was provided by Andy Christie at his own expense, while John Price and his ladies provided the food at cost. Martin White ran a raffle which was won by Tom from Bewdley M.P.D. and the Fathers family did a £1 in a bucket lottery which was won by our host, Station Master Ian Latimer (Fix! Fix!). The whole event was organised by Kevin Cronin and Dave Evans who are planning to do something similar next year. A profit of over £500 was made which has been donated to the S.V.R. Rolling Stock Trust for use on Hinton Manors return to working order.
New fund raising leaflets made their debut at the BBQ, as 7819 “Back to Steam” leaflets made their first public appearance. 8000 of these are being distributed by Bachmann models in their collectors’ magazine which has a worldwide circulation. We still have a few thousand in stock for distribution closer to home in 2010. Thanks go to Paul Fathers and Paul Bennett for producing these at short notice, and to former Bewdley fireman Mick Damone for printing and delivering them. A PDF version is available on the Hinton Manor Appeal page. Additionally a new S.V.R. Rolling Stock Trust leaflet for general fund raising has been produced by Paul Hobson. These green leaflets will be our general distribution leaflet for the next few years. Monies raised by these are not specifically earmarked for individual projects and will allow a variety of development to move forward.
Rob Starkey has agreed to do some on-line research into grant giving bodies. Well known as Kidderminster Carriage Shed shunter driver Rob has computer skills and a little free time to carry out this essential research for the Trust.
Latest restoration update for September 2009.
FO 7511 has taken its first test trip down the line - as shown in this Guards' journal.
No.2886, was 32919, was a Stove 'R', but now might be a BDZ - maybe - but is certainly in need of more than a little TLC. The vehicle has replaced No. 7511 as the LMS&BR Coach Department project and needs your support either, by donation (can be giftaided) or by your giving books (Railway or otherwise) forwarded to the Carriage and Wagon Hut at Bridgnorth Station (most Saturdays and Sunday mornings). Mike Parker presides over our second hand book shop with in a very second hand TSO No. 4399 on the cattle dock and will be pleased to see you.
Black bagged (preferably crushed) aluminium cans, clean scrap aluminium, brass and copper are also most welcome. Our promise is that we will turn all of the scrap into something to behold - allegedly! Skilled welders, woodworkers, other skills and the very rich also welcome!
And don't forget - an evening fund raising barbeque for 7819 Hinton Manor at Arley Station, Sunday 30th August.
Latest restoration update for June 2009.
A new page details the history of Kidderminster Turntable.
A date for the diary: An evening fund raising barbeque for 7819 Hinton Manor is planned for Sunday 30th August at Arley Station. Further details to follow.
Restoration update - April 2009
This website continues to be developed, and more photographic images are appearing from week to week, courtesy of Tim Davis, of Kidderminster Carriage Works, who has been tasked with trying to get a good portrait-shot of each of our vehicles in traffic. Restoration work at Bridgnorth on 2886 and 4399 will be featured as it progresses, thanks to Sue Thomas, our northern correspondent. The Trust Board is grateful to Paul Bennett, who has restyled the website and has continued to add further developments.
RESTORED COACH 4690
The athletes, both locally based were Sascha Kindred OBE (32) and Mikey Bushell (18). Swimmer Sascha won 2 Gold’s and a Bronze in the pool at Beijing and was recently awarded the OBE in the New Year's Honours list. Wheelchair athlete Mickey won a silver medal in the 100 metres final and only missed Gold by nine hundredths of a second. They were joined by Richard Callicott of the Paralympian Association, John Leech, SVR Marketing Manager, two members of the Wolverhamton Branch (SVR) and 3 members of the SVR RST - Chris Thomas (who gave the introductory address), Stewart Clark (Hon Co Sec) and Neil Dancer on a scheduled return service to Bridgnorth. The whole event was enjoyed by all with the Medal winners readily talking with fellow travellers about their Beijing experiences and having impromptu photo sessions, with medals on show of course. Both young athletes were enjoying their first journey by steam.
by Hugh McQuade
The new website launched 4th March 2009!
Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd
Number One, Comberton Place, Kidderminster, DY10 1QR Registered Charity Number: 1092723