Locos arriving at Robertsbridge
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2w ago
As reported in the build up the Gala event had three loco's visiting from the mainline as well as those featuring on the Tenterden section. On Friday 31st May the first to arrive were the Class 66 "Sir Peter Hendy" with the Class 73 unnamed. For testing the turntables capability the Class 66 went on to the turntable (below) Needless to say we were very pleased to further welcome the "Britannia" on to RVR metals  With a quiet standing moment before moving onto the turntable. Continued ..read more
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50th Anniversary Gala Weekend -1
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2w ago
Well what a weekend that was! From the 31st to 2nd of June was a combination of the K&ESR's 50th Anniversary Gala and a VIP event for the RVR. Too much to put into one post, so let's eat this one bite at a time. image 1 The run up to the weekend has already been reported with great efforts in tidying and preparing.  Taking the opportunity of the K&ESR's 50th reopening event Robertsbridge was set to support the entire effort with 3 visiting loco's being Britannia (above),,,,, ...   Class 66 Sir Peter Hendy (Shes been here before),  image 2 - Class 66 ..read more
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50th Gala - Final tidying and preparation
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3w ago
  image 1 Supporters are on site making those final preparations, for this weekends 50th Anniversary Gala held by the K&ESR, including RVR at Robertsbridge on 1st-2nd June. It promises to be a spectacular event given the start of construction and clearer end game in sight. Visiting loco's including "Britannia" will be on RVR metals. image 2 Calm before the storm. image 3 image 4 video 5 Further Reading:                                      &nb ..read more
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Winter slippage -2 Surveying the site,,,
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3w ago
  image 1 Back at the slippage site the ground surveying company Lankelma brought in their bigger road/rail mounted machine to conduct the CPT (Cone Penetrating Testing) surveys this time. Plus one of core sampling. image 2 Fact sheet of the road-railer image 3 image 4 above - Emphasises the closeness to the bank and height above the waterline.  Three sites were sampled using CPT. image 4 below - thin rod pushed through the ballast to sample metres below the surface. Core samples being taken, were placed into the RVR's ..read more
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Winter slippage -1 Explaining the case,,,,,
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3w ago
  image 1 This is more than just a tree leaning in to the River Rother. Sinisterly it is hiding a bank slippage! Spring growth is making a visual view difficult. During this VERY wet winter the River Rother has been running high. At Udiam a part of the bank had slipped next to RVR land. Although NOT RVR land engineers have been assessing the situation and making early remedial plans in case of need.  Further Reading:                                            ..read more
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50th anniversary gala - Further plans
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1M ago
Extracted from "The Railway Hub" 21st May .24 With not long to go until its June 1/2 golden anniversary gala weekend, the Kent & East Sussex Railway has announced additional details which includes the presence of two main line locomotives on the Rother Valley Railway section. Joining the previously-announced BR Class 7 Pacific No. 70000 Britannia to operate shuttles from Robertsbridge to Northbridge Street will be an as-yet unidentified GB Railfreight-owned class 73/1 locomotive, but one which will be turned out in a stunning new livery that has been developed in collaboration w ..read more
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Events tidying 2
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image 1 This post is more about getting 'some' news out there rather than stuff I cant show at present. Above and below shows the buffer stop attached to the turntable. Although keyed in and ballasted this is not the final configuration since access to the engine shed and North bank will be required later. It is however a real demonstration of how the finished product will look.  For the purposes of the two events a hard pedestrian surface has been laid. As this is written a fence is being erected for visitors safety.  image 2 below - RVR SA volunteers have been a ..read more
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Events Tidying Pot pourri
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The Railway is not being quiet, but the effort is not visual at present. The workload continues to be, project management tweeking and regulatory activities. All is well under control, you can be assured. And of course there is the preparation for the coming K&ESR gala event which is partially at Robertsbridge at the beginning of next month (announced on Facebook). That forms the bigger part of this post. (And dont forget the SAMREX event, albeit a slightly smaller event on 25th-26th May). With some of the sub projects which are too early to release you may be assured that the image ..read more
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RVR's New look website
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For some time the Railway had been looking to bring the website up to modern standards. The challenge was set!  This has been a project of some six months in design and planning, then capturing the video and translating this onto the internet with web coding and conveying the look and feel of this railway reconstruction effort.  www.rvr.org.uk probably needs no introduction here. Whilst I will write a fuller account elsewhere I would have to say this could not have been done without the professionalism of  Amanda Prosser Films  Peter Downs of Alphastate Having self ..read more
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The return of the 3-way - Preparation 1/2
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1M ago
  image 1 - Adapting the drainage Before work can start on the track preparation our ground team have opened up the trackbed to further improve the drainage. image 2 above - Ground replaced and balasted below - Ok, not much to see other than a black drainage pipe, but still essential works.  image 3 Next ,,,,,, All images Peter Barber  ..read more
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