Purchase of 'Rudd' wagons
Following the storm damage of 2007, EWS (now DB Schenker), through the auspices of Gwyn Reese, loaned the SVR 15 RUDD wagons for use during the repair work. They were used extensively for this repair project and have been employed on many other projects on the Railway since this time.
DB Schenker contacted the SVR this year to inform us that the wagons were available for purchase, and following negotiation I can announce that they have been bought for a competitive price. I would like to thank the two individuals who have provided finances to assist with the cost of their purchase.
Nick Ralls General Manager
Pump Trolley Run
Monday 27th April saw the Pump Trolley event take place between Bridgnorth and Hampton Loade in fantastic Spring sunshine, with 13 imaginatively dressed teams successfully covering 50 miles during the day. It was fantastic to see each team’s magnificent fancy dress effort, everyone really got into the spirit of things.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the event, both in the planning stages and during the day itself, I am pleased to say it was a huge success, and plans are already afoot for a similar event in the future.
Now, the announcement everyone has been waiting for! Reigning triumphant to be crowned Pump Trolley Champions 2015 for scoring the highest points for the best skill and outfits, and recording an impressive time of just 21 minutes, were The Beatles, aka Bridgnorth Engineering Services, who will receive a commemorative trophy in due course, so congratulations to Gary, Will, Phil and Chris!
Highly commended teams also include Catering Staff as well known faces from the Starship Enterprise, The Railwayman’s Arms as St Trinians and Arley station as characters from Trumpton.
It is always fantastic to see different departments on the Railway working so closely, and that really shone through on April 27th.
If you would like to receive photographs of your team pumping away, please drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Steam Gala
We’re pleased to report a very successful Spring Steam Gala and excellent start the season. The Railway was buzzing with very happy visitors enjoying the exciting line-up and Springtime weather in the Valley.
4313 passengers visited over the weekend (1380 – Friday, 1652 – Saturday, 1281 – Sunday) compared to 3877 in 2014, an 11% increase on last year’s Gala and 5% up on budget (4200).
This is a really pleasing result and testament to the hard work of all those involved in organising and running the event. Thank you to the Gala committee for putting on a fantastic show once again and to all volunteers and staff that helped to deliver it.
What a great start to our Golden Jubilee year!!