Recent Holdings Board meetings have included discussions on the following:
Bridgnorth Development Project:
There have been two Holding Board meetings recently. A special Board was called on the 27th November to consider a presentation on the Bridgnorth Development Project. Ian Baxter, Project Sponsor presented and was assisted during the evening by David Postle, Chairman of the Conservation & Heritage Committee.
The presentation discussed 5 main elements of the Bridgnorth project, the listed building, access, public realm, accommodation and operations. With an examination of the financial performance of retail and catering at Bridgnorth, the presentation concluded with a look at plans and draft building designs for new buildings. The Bridgnorth Development team was tasked with continuing the good work undertaken and to detail further two options for catering locations identified in the presentation.
This is only a very brief synopsis; it will be followed by a more comprehensive noticeboard in the New Year.
Office Move to Kidderminster:
The license is now in place between the Company and Wyre Forest District Council to undertake the civils work on the building. This has started with a full asbestos survey of the building and preparation for work on the roof structure. The contractor Ryan Chance will be undertaking the civils work.
Heritage Skills Training Academy:
Richard Thurlow, Project Coordinator, organised a new round of interviews with Telford College Engineering Course students and other young people who had submitted a CV of interest in the Academy. Following the interviews an offer has been made to Christopher Bird to join the apprenticeship course in January 2014. Chris has already undertaken a foundation engineering course and will join the scheme at an advanced level.
Locomotive Agreement Negotiations:
A meeting of the small representative group of locomotive owners took place on the 22nd November. Again the meeting was constructive with progress made on the agreement and its principles. A further discussion has been scheduled for Friday 13th December in preparation for a meeting of all the locomotive owning groups in January 2014 to report on progress.
Vital Skills Training:
Working Members may have seen in the business press that elements of Vital Training and associated companies have been sold off. The local arrangement by which Vital Skills train their permanent way apprentices on the SVR for our benefit is still in place although we are awaiting details on any new arrangements with the parent company.
Plans for 2014:
At the Holdings Board 17th December meeting business plans for 2014 will be shared, and a clear synopsis will be posted on SVRLive following the meeting.
The Safety Committee has been exploring a proposal for installing defibrillators on the SVR. These first aid items require little training to use and potentially can save lives. Following research Mel Cook is putting together a proposal for the Safety Committee and the Holdings Board to consider.
An initial print run of the 2014 timetable has taken place. A small run allows spelling errors (there are some which have been spotted and reported - thank you) and other items to be rectified before the large print run in the New Year.
For information, the main travel fare has been increased by £1 for 2014; the rise is because of the increased cost of coal per tonne and taking in to account inflation. As a marketing tool, we will for the first time be offering up to 30% discounted adult fares in off peak periods. These will be pre-book only so will not affect booking offices.
Whilst on a visit to the East Lancs Railway, 1501 was involved in an operational incident which is under investigation by the East Lancs Railway.
Andy Barr (introduced in a previous noticeboard) has completed a review of our Serious Incident Plan.
With the recent Rail Touring Company main line tour to the Bluebell a success, a rail tour planning procedure has been completed to make sure that there is no duplication in effort in booking future rail tours.
Thanks to the planning and work of Chris Bond, John Phillips and Chris Bagley the line from the SVR main line at Kidderminster to the exchange is much improved and we want to encourage Train Operating Companies to use the crossover on a more frequent basis in 2014.
Motive Power Department Bridgnorth:
43106 in traffic, 7812 in traffic, 7802 Boiler new ¾ steel door plate pressing ready for collection from Tyseley and copper door plate and tube plate under repair at Crewe and will be ready for collection week commencing 25th November. 4566 in traffic, 5164 in traffic, on postponement of boiler withdrawal. Drop dead date for boiler January 2014. Loco to be spare for Santa trains. 2857 in traffic. 1501 in traffic. 7714 volunteer work continues on painting. New cylinder liners in process of being machined. 813 new piston rod finish machined with both pistons complete now ready for fitting. Boiler work to re-commence after completion of Barber boiler. 75069 volunteer work still ongoing on tender and chassis. 34027 Taw Valley paid staff now working on frames to finish off loose ends and tackle pipe work. Boiler on site with work on marking out platework for stays. Drilling of stay holes has begun and some stays now fitted produced by SVR C.N.C. Volunteers also engaged in drilling stay holes. Completion looking like early 2014. 34053 Sir Keith Park in traffic. 6634 shunted to buffer stops along side good shed at Bridgnorth. No progress or commitment on boiler. 5643 in traffic. Loco to act as spare for Santa trains. 2047 Warwickshire no progress this month. 42968 owners continue to prepare boiler for work to commence and also preparation for boiler removal. 30 Ton Steam Crane boiler and mechanical work progressing with 1 main shaft away for re grinding work to bearings. Completion due year end/Jan. Barber narrow gauge boiler due for completion & dispatch week commencing 18th November. Bridgnorth 08 in service. Ruston in service.
Next year will see company loco’s in traffic:
Commercial loco’s for next year:
7802 Bradley Manor (mid-late)
7812 Erlstoke Manor
34053 Sir Keith Park
34027 Taw Valley (mid)
Carriage & Wagon:
BR Mk1 Invalid Saloon is back in service. Kidderminster mechanical is now working on LNER Buffet car 642. The paintshop has recently completed painting and light repair of BR Mk 1 4545 and now have LMS TK 12992 in the shop.
Bewdley are working on 70759 LNER Pigeon van with the LNER fund working on the fitting of new roof planks and canvassing of the roof.
Chris Bond has planned work to take place in the first quarter of 2014.
This will include:
The construction of the storage sheds at the end of the car park in Kidderminster. The gents and ladies toilets in Kidderminster are to be refurbished.
Bridgnorth, Platform 1 face will be reconstructed over length in January. A parking barrier entrance system is being planned for installation at Kidderminster to improve security and protect revenue.
The refurbishment of bearings on the SVR owned Bridgnorth bypass bridge.
Hornby is again available on the Railway at the Engine House, and there is even a layout in operation to maintain children’s interest.
The wedding reception packages on offer have proved very popular and catering are now concentrating on all of the Santa dining services.
The Holdings Board agreed new terms of reference for the Audit Committee.
Diane Malyon presented the action plan produced by the Staffing Committee as a result of the staff survey undertaken earlier in the year. The action plan has subsequently been released as a separate noticeboard issue.
Nick Ralls (General Manager)