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Archive 2014


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Blog and Web-site Update Archive 2014

U-class and Adams Radial Tank at Sheffield Park - Steve Lee - 30 August 2014 31 August

Adams Radial Tank in the loco yard - Martin Lawrence - 30 August 2014 LNWR 1503 in carriage works - Derek Hayward - 23 August 2014 SECR 3188 in carriage works - Derek Hayward - 23 August 2014

Atlantic Cylinder with cladding, crosshead and bogie splasher - Fred Bailey - 24 August 2014 30 August

1638 leads SR coaches into East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 27 August 2014 S15 with Bulleid coach in tow enters Platform 3 at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 27 August 2014

1638 at West Hoathly - Mike Hopps - 26 August 2014 28 August

U-class token exchange at Horsted Keynes - John Sandys - 28 August 2014 73s with Met coaches at West Brompton - Nicholas Woollven - 27 August 2014 73s with Met coaches at Sheffield Park - Brian Lacey - 27 August 2014

Bobby and the Old Gentleman 25 August


S15 sets off from Horsted Keynes - John Sandys - 21 August 2014 22 August


B473 with Pullmans - Steve Lee - 17 August 2014 21 August

S15 on service train - Steve Lee - 17 August 2014 Tornado at Sheffield Park - Simon Jeffs/Laurel Arnison - 2 August 2014 5643 taking water at East Grinstead - Paul Marlton - 1 August 2014

Tornado approaches Imberhorne Lane Bridge - John Goss - 30 July 2014 16 August

Steam engines gathered for Vintage Transport Weekend - Derek Hayward - 9 August 2014 B473 has returned to action - Alan Jenkins - 7 August 2014

Chaplains and Bishop Mark at Kingscote - 20 July 2014 - Bluebell Official Photo 22 July


5643 at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 15 July 2014 16 July

H-class with coaches for filming, approaching Horsted Keynes - John Sandys - 14 July 2014 Progress with the installation of the L-frame at Kingscote - John Sandys - 14 July 2014

178 with relief service at Poleay Bridge - Derek Hayward - 12 July 2014 13 July

1638 with the vintage/Wedding set - Derek Hayward - 12 July 2014 Birch Grove and Camelot in the works - John Sandys - 10 July 2014 5643 approaches Holden Summit - Steve Lee - 12 July 2014

H-class with Wealden Rambler at Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 5 July 2014 10 July

C-class approaches New Road Bridge - Derek Hayward - 5 July 2014 GWR 5643 leaving Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 6 July 2014 Mk.1 BSK No.35207 in service - Derek Hayward - 5 July 2014

C-class with Birdcage set at Horsted Keynes - Chris Beaumont - 6 July 2014 8 July


5643 at Leamland Bridge - Chris Beaumont - 6 July 2014 Marco the Magician at the Food Festival - Derek Hayward - 5 July 2014 Face Painting at the Food Festival - Derek Hayward - 5 July 2014

Dulci Bella Marshmallows at Horsted Keynes, Food Festival - Derek Hayward - 5 July 2014 7 July

Iberica delights stall at Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 5 July 2014 592 and 5643 at Horsted Keynes - Steve Lee - 5 July 2014 H-class with the Wealden Rambler - Steve Lee - 5 July 2014

L.150 emerges from the Tunnel - John Sandys - 3 July 2014 4 July


L-frame being installed in Kingscote signalbox - John Sandys - 3 July 2014 Front dragbox of 84030 with spacers ready for riveting

U-class 1638 runs round at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 30 June 2014 2 July

East Grinstead Station Garden - June 2014 Bachmann EP2 of E4 - Derek Hayward - 28 June 2014 David Chappell with P-way Gang - Derek Hayward - 29 June 2014

Model Railway Weekend at Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 28 June 2014 30 June

P and C approach Horsted Keynes - Sheila Beaumont - 29 June 2014 Hands-on exhibit for children at Sheffield Park - Derek Hayward - 28 June 2014 Finishing the Track Trek - Mike Hopps - 28 June 2014

C-class approaches East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 21 June 2014 27 June
Camelot's frames in the works - Tony Sullivan - 26 June 2014


Brighton Atlantic progress - Brian Lacey - 21 June 2014 25 June


C-class with vintage coaches - Peter Austin - 22 June 2014 24 June

L.150 with the lunchtime Pullman train - Peter Austin - 22 June 2014 S15 departing from Horsted Keynes - Yoshi Hashida - 15 June 2014

S15 with stock for Rail Ale train - Peter Edwards - 20 June 2014 23 June

LBSCR Milk/Fruit Van No.270 - Brian Lacey - 21 June 2014 323 at Sheffield Park - Joseph Jameson - 21 June 2014

Roy Watts at East Grinstead - Derek Hayward - 5 September 2010 14 June

MBE for Chairman, Roy Watts

We are delighted to be able to report that BRPS Chairman Roy Watts is appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in Her Majesty's 2014 Birthday Honours List in recognition of his services to the Heritage Railway movement and preservation.

More details available here.

Roy Watts cleaning VEP - Deborah Salmon - September 2011

 

 

Derek Hayward's photo on the right shows Roy Watts as Station Master at East Grinstead during an open day, on 5 September 2010.

Deborah Salmon's photo on the left shows Roy, also at East Grinstead, with sleeves rolled up in preparation for another open day, in September 2011.



S15 amidst the daisies at Medhurst Farm - Derek Hayward - 8 June 2014 13 June

Old Southeronians at Sheffield Park - John and May Goss - 11 June 2014 H-class and C-class ready to leave Sheffield Park - John Goss - 11 June 2014

H-class and C-class double heading, at EG - Brian Lacey - 11 June 2014 12 June

Kingscote looking north - Derek Hayward - 8 June 2014 Repaired handrail at Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 8 June 2014 Maintenance on Kingscote Down Advanced Starter - Derek Hayward - 8 June 2014

H-class with the lunchtime Golden Arrow - Derek Hayward - 8 June 2014 10 June


C-class amid the daisies at Kingscote - Derek Hayward - 8 June 2014 8 June


Promoting the Bluebell at the Ardingly Show - Tony Sullivan - 5 June 2014 6 June


S15 runs in to East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 4 June 2014 5 June


U-class approaching Kingscote - Steve Lee - 26 May 2014 4 June


S15 at Sheffield Park - Aron Stenning - 31 May 2014 3 June

Q-class in loco works - John Sandys - 2 June 2014 Q-class tender in loco works - John Sandys - 2 June 2014 Stroudley 949 in carriage works - John Sandys - 2 June 2014

In the U-class' cab - Aron Stenning - 31 May 2014 2 June

In the S15's cab - Aron Stenning - 31 May 2014 David Allan unveils the Railway of the Decade plaque - Jon Bowers - 1 June 2014

S15 on serice train with 09 shunting at Horsted - Brian Lacey - 29 May 2014 31 May

U-class arrives at Horsted - Brian Lacey - 29 May 2014 L150 on one of the service trains - David Chappell - 28 May 2014

Atlantic frames lowered to 10-inches above final height - Fred Bailey - 30 April 2014 30 May

Stepney Club members - Derek Hayward - 18 May 2014 Edwardian Weekend - Derek Hayward - 18 May 2014 9F Club members on P-way work - Derek Hayward - 18 May 2014 9F Club members working on crane - Derek Hayward - 18 May 2014

5643 on Bank Holiday service - Steve Lee - 26 May 2014 28 May

Find out More Day participants - David Chappell - 4 May 2014 H-class takes water at East Grinstead - Mike Hopps - 14 May 2014 Water tower and crane teams at East Grinstead - Mike Hopps - 14 May 2014

Crew of the C-class at East Grinstead - Derek Hayward - 26 August 2013 14 May


Edwardian Weekend 2013 - Derek Hayward 13 May

Queen Victoria Hospital Ward III - Andrew Crampton - 11 May 2014 Aldridge & Trillwood - Andrew Crampton - 11 May 2014 Refreshment at Horsted Keynes - John Sandys - 10 May 2014

Spitfire flypast at Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 10 May 2014 12 May

Southern at War atmosphere - Paul Pettitt - 10 May 2014 U-class 1638 with appropriate coaches - Steve Lee - 11 May 2014 Home Guard at Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward - 10 May 2014 T-6 Harvard flypast - Derek Hayward - 11 May 2014

U-class with Vintage set - David Stubbings - 3 May 2014 9 May


35207 on arrival at Horsted - 5 May 2014 - David Chappell 8 May


Matthew Cousins' painting showing a wartime scene at East Grinstead 7 May


1638 arrives at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 30  April 2014 2 May


847 among the bluebells - Steve Lee - 27 April 2014 30 April


View from the H-class - Aron Stenning - 19 April 2014 28 April


L.150 with the People's Millions coach - John Sandys - 24 April 2014 25 April


L.150 on Good Friday - David King - 18 April 2014 24 April


U backs onto train - Brian Lacey - 22 April 2014 23 April


S15 on Freshfield Bank - Paul Furlong - 16 April 2014 17 April


Find out more day participants with Dave Clarke - David Chappell - 6 April 2014 14 April


S15 at East Grinstead - John Sandys - 10 April 2014 13 April


Track Trek poster 12 April

News Update This weekend sees the launch of our Track Trek fund-raising initiative. The Trek, a walk along the trackbed from Horsted Keynes to Sheffield Park on 28 June 2014 (starting in the early evening, with a train back to Horsted Keynes afterwards, will be the final push for the "Keep Up The Pressure" appeal. The walk is being led by our chairmen, Roy Watts (BRPS) and Dick Fearn (plc).


Maidstone & District AEC Reliance 390 DKK - Andrew Crampton - 6 April 2014 11 April

London Transport RT 1798 - Andrew Crampton - 6 April 2014 Green Line liveried RF 28 - Andrew Crampton - 6 April 2014 Phone Box at Kingscote - John Sandys - 10 April 2014 C-class arriving at East Grinstead - John Sandys - 10 April 2014

178 and 263 ready to leave Sheffield Park with the Sunday afternoon tea train - Stephen Garratt - 30 March 2014 10 April


S15 passes the Sheffield Park advanced starter - Derek Hayward - 5 April 2014 9 April

Mr & Mrs Montgomery at Sheffield Park - Derek Hayward - 5 April 2014 On the footplate of the S15 at Sheffield Park - Derek Hayward - 5 April 2014 Birch Grove Suite set out for the wedding reception - Derek Hayward - 5 April 2014

H, P and S15 at the end of their duties - Steve Lee - 6 April 2014 8 April


C-class with Victorian train - Sheila Beaumont - 30 March 2014 5 April


Vep at Clapham - Keith Harcourt/HMRS - 27 March 2014 4 April


Stepney and the H on the Jack Owen memorial train - Peter Edwards - 29 March 2014 3 April
847 at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 2 April 2014


178 and 263 with the Wealden Rambler service - Derek Hayward - 30 March 2014 2 April

847 at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 1 April 2014 847 blows a smoke ring - Brian Lacey - 1 April 2014 Stepney, C and H on shed - Brian Lacey - 1 April 2014

5643 with the Golden Arrow - Sheila Beaumont - 30 March 2014 1 April


Stepney and the H on the Jack Owen memorial train - Peter Edwards - 29 March 2014 31 March


S15 and U at West Hoathly - Andrew Crampton - 22 March 2014 28 March


27 March
East Grinstead Station Staff official photo - 23 March 2014

Roy holding 1st anniversary cake - 23 March 2014 Stepney and L.150 in yard at Sheffield Park - Owen Hayward - 23 March 2014
33103 Swordfish at the Diesel Gala - Andrew Crampton - 21 March 2014 178 at the head of the Golden Arrow! - Owen Hayward - 23 March 2014

P 178 and C-class with Victorian set - Keith Duke - 22 March 2014 26 March

DMU approaches Horsted Keynes from the North - Tony Sullivan - 21 March 2014 08 at Diesel Gala - Andrew Crampton - 21 March 2014
The U and S15 departing from Horsted Keynes - Steve Lee - 23 March 2014 GW pair at West Hoathly - Andrew Crampton - 22 March 2014

Steam back on the Met Video 25 March
Baxter on brake van rides - Sam Brown - 22 March 2014


C-class with Victorian set - Steve Lee - 23 March 2014 24 March

U and S-15 with SR-liveried set - Cameron Smith -23 March 2014 Classic shot of U-class 1638 - Sam Brown - 22 March 2014

S15 and U - Nathan Gibson - 22 March 2014 23 March

Baxter giving brake van ride - Brian Lacey - 22 March 2014 SR and GW pairings at Horsted Keynes - Richard Salmon - 22 March 2014

33103 exchanges token at Kingscote - Derek Hayward - 21 March 2014 22 March


08 and 09 on arrival at Horsted Keynes - John Sandys - 21 March 2014 21 March


20 March
Today we have something much more like a traditional "Blog" entry, with thanks to Tom James, giving an insight into a day earlier this month on the footplate of the P-class locomotive rostered for station pilot duties at Sheffield Park. The page covering the signalling at the station may help those unfamiliar with the track layout to follow the narative. The photos accompanying it are from Simon Lathwell, Paul Booth, Ben Jenden and John Sandys.

178 at Sheffield Park - Simon Lathwell - May 2012 Anyone who hasn't visited the railway recently may not have noticed that we now have a regular pilot engine on Sundays, and some Saturdays. As I had the pleasure of firing the turn on Sunday 9 March, I thought I'd explain a bit about what we did to show just how much activity goes on "between the trains".

After preparing the loco, the first engine off shed, at 9.15am, was the "A" engine (1638 on Sunday). That loco took water and then ran onto its stock, which was sitting in the Newick siding overnight, drew it into the station and heated the stock ready for departure of the first up service.

Once 1638 had gone, the pilot engine could go off shed (on Sunday that was 178, with a Senior Fireman and Rules Passed Cleaner as crew). After taking water in Platform 2, we ran back into the Carriage Yard Headshunt (a.k.a. the Pumphouse siding), and - once the signal was cleared and we had permission from the shunter - we moved down into the carriage shed to pick up the "B" stock, which this weekend was the LSWR brake 3rd, SECR 100 Seater, LBSCR Bogie First and SECR Birdcage. After coupling up, we ran back to the Carriage Yard Headshunt and started to steam heat the stock, thus ensuring the carriages had a good hour of heating before the 11am departure.

By using a pilot, the "B" engine (263 this weekend) could run straight out of the loco yard into Platform 2 to take water, then come back onto its stock and draw it into the station ready for departure, without having to spend time shunting and running round, saving the crew time on what would be a long day.

As soon as 263 had drawn its stock away, we were back into the shed to pick up the Pullman set, drawing it back into the Carriage Yard Headshunt and starting to steam heat. Once 263 with the 11am train had departed, we then propelled the stock out into Platform 2, onto the single line north of the station and back into Platform 1 where the catering staff could prepare the train for the lunchtime service. (It is not possible to access Platform 1 directly from the Carriage Yard, hence the move via the single line, staying inside the outer home signal).


592 comes off shed whilst 178 awaits its next task - Paul Booth - 16 March 2014 The Golden Arrow engine - 592 on Sunday - was quickly onto the train to continue heating, releasing us to run back to the Carriage Yard for our next shunt. This occurred with the arrival of 1638 and the first down service from East Grinstead at 11:32. With the Golden Arrow in Platform 1 and the "A" service needing to arrive and depart before the Golden Arrow departed, 1638 was blocked from running round. Thus on arrival, 1638 uncoupled and ran into the Newick siding; we were then signalled onto the train, coupled and drew the stock into the Carriage Yard, releasing 1638 to get back to the north end of the train. After taking water, 1638 ran back onto its stock, we uncoupled and 1638 drew the stock back into Platform 2 ready for the 12.15 departure, followed about 30 minutes later by the arrival of the "B" service (263 and vintage set) and finally departure of 592 with the Golden Arrow.

After 263 ran round, we had no immediate shunting to do, so we ran into Platform 1 to allow footplate access for any passengers on the station at that time. A small tank engine such as 178 is an ideal non-intimidating size for small children, many of whom came up onto the footplate to experience a loco in steam. Once 263 departed with the 1:30 service, we took water, then went back into the loco yard for coal - not that we needed it then, but with a long day planned, taking coal mid-afternoon saved one job that would otherwise have to take place at the end of the day.


178 takes water - Ben Jenden - 16 March 2014 Mid afternoon, the Golden Arrow arrived back after its full line round trip. After the train engine had run round, we ran onto the back of the stock and, at 3.20, departed for the half-trip to Horsted Keynes. The waiting time at Horsted is only twelve minutes, so having the pilot on the back means that 592 didn't need to run round there, saving time in what would otherwise be a very tight schedule. We thus acted as lead engine for the return trip. Because that trip ventured out onto the main running line, we had the spare turn driver travel with us up and down.

Once back to Sheffield Park, 592 uncoupled from the back of the train and, once the passengers were disembarked, we shunted the Pullman stock back into the carriage shed. Normally, that would be the last move, but we had one more shunt to perform, which had to wait to the end of the day - moving the support coach for 45231, which was berthed in the down dock siding. 592 coupled to the south end of that coach and drew it into the loco yard headshunt; then, after we had put the Golden Arrow stock back in the shed, we coupled to the north end of the support coach, drew away into the dock siding to release 592 to go on shed and then propelled the coach back to the extreme south end of the loco yard headshunt. We then waited for 1638 to come back, shunt its own stock into the Newick siding and go on shed, before running out into Platform 2 to wait for the arrival of 263 with the last down service of the day. Once 263 and its train were stopped in Platform 1, we ran out via the single line, berthed the support coach at the north end of the stock in Platform 1 and then returned via Platform 2 to finally go back on shed - after which there was the 45 minutes or so of disposal!


178 shunting at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 8 March 2012 So a long day, but an enjoyable one, and illustrative of just how much activity there is around the station between trains. Apart from the loco crew, there were at least three other people playing an important, but unseen, role. Firstly, the loco department Running Foreman, who is responsible for ensuring that all locos are off shed on time, and controls all movements within the loco yard and, in conjunction with the signalman, any movements between the loco yard and the rest of the station. Secondly, the signalman, who had a lot to do even when there were no service trains around - all moves at the south end of the station are signalled (including to and from the loco yard; and in and out of the carriage shed), even though that fact isn't immediately obvious to a casual observer on the platform. And thirdly the operating supervisor / shunter, who directly controlled all the movements in and out of the carriage shed, as well as the late afternoon shunt of 45231's support coach. It takes a lot of people to run a railway!

I gather that we will have a rostered pilot on any Sunday when the Golden Arrow is running through to the end of the summer, as well as on some Saturdays, so Sheffield Park should be a hive of loco activity between trains every weekend, with at least four engines in service every Sunday and many Saturdays.

Tom James


5643 on Freshfield Bank with the Victorian coaches - Sheila Beaumont - 16 March 2014 19 March


The wreath laid at Ypres, 15 March 2014 18 March


5643 appraches HK with the Victorian coaches - Derek Hayward - 16 March 2014 17 March


1638 at Birch Farm Crossing - Derek Hayward - 9 March 2014 15 March


14 March
Ballast tamper at Horsted Keynes - Paul Fuller, RSS - 12 March 2014


45231 at Horsted Keynes - David Chappell - 12 March 2014 13 March


323 on the M25 - Tony Haylar - 12 March 2014 12 March


C-class with the Pullmans at Kingscote Down Advance Starter - Derek Hayward - 9 March 2014 11 March


H-class with the Edwardian set at Mill Place Farm - Derek Hayward - 9 March 2014 10 March


U-class with the first service over the new No.23B points at Horsted Keynes - Richard Salmon - 8 March 2014 9 March


C-class heading service train with P 178 on rear - Steve Lee - 2 March 2014 8 March


L.150 with the lunchtime Pullman train - Steve Lee - 2 March 2014 7 March


U-class at 3-arch Bridge - Steve Lee - 22 February 2014 2 March


H-class 263 with lunchtime Golden Arrow at Horsted Keynes - Nathan Gibson - 23 February 2014 1 March


Black 5 No.45231_with B&C carriages - David Haggar - 26 February 2014 28 February


H-class 263 with Wealden Rambler - Paul Pettitt - 22 February 2014 26 February


Work preparing the new points, as the H-class departs from Horsted Keynes - Patrick Plane - 17 February 2014 24 February


L.150 on the service train - Steve Lee - 22 February 2014 23 February


H-class departing from Horsted Keynes - John Sandys - 20 February 2014 21 February


U-class at Sheffield Park - Kieran Hardy - 18 February 2014 20 February


Black 5 No.45231 with its train climbing Freshfield Bank - Yoshi Hashida - 16 February 2014 19 February


H-class arrives at East Grinstead - John Sandys - 17 February 2014 18 February


C-class on service train - Paul Pettitt - 16 February 2014 17 February


U-class with Golden Arrow Pullmans - David King - 16 February 2014 16 February


U-class shunts at Sheffield Park - Martin Lawrence - 13 February 2014 14 February


Horsted Down Advanced Starter post being planted - Mike Hopps - 12 February 2014 Horsted Down Advanced Starter post ready for planting - Mike Hopps - 12 February 2014 13 February


Horsted Keynes signal box - Martin Lawrence - 9 February 2014 11 February


5643 on shed at Sheffield Park - Nathan Gibson - 8 February 2014 10 February


Diesel Gala poster - Heritage Rail Posters 6 February


Ballast wagons on trackwork - Mike Hopps - 31 January 2014 4 February


Pattern for casting the rear truck frame for 84030 3 February
FOMD participants with Dave Clarke at  the C&W - 2 Feb 2014


Flooding at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 1 February 2014 1 February


Tracklaying on Freshfield Bank - Pat Plane - 22 January 2014 31 January


Cab view from Class 108 - Alan Bedford - 18 January 2014 24 January


Morning mist at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 21 January 2014 22 January


DMU running our current special service - Paul Pettitt - 19 January 2014 19 January


Bachmann Dukedog 9007 - John Sandys - 16 January 2014 17 January


DMU on training run - Tony Sullivan - 11 January 2014 16 January


Horsted Keynes Signal 24A - Jon Bowers - 12 January 2014 13 January


Slip site - Pat Plane - 3 January 2014 12 January


H class heads for East Grinstead - Tony Sullivan - 11 January 2014 11 January


Sheffield Park atmosphere - Alan Bedford - 4 January 2014 10 January


H-class locomotive at Horsted Keynes - Alan Bedford - 4 January 2014 8 January


Slip near tunnel - 31 December 2013 7 January


Fingall on the jacks - Andy Prime - 2 January 2014 3 January


847 at Sheffield Park on Boxing Day - John Sandys - 26 December 2013 2 January 2014


The Current What's New page contains all the recent update information.

Also see the 2013, the 2012, the 2011, the 2010, the 2009, the 2008, the 2007, the 2006, the 2005, the 2004, the 2003, the 2002, the 2001, the 2000, the 1999 and the 1997-8 "What was new" archive pages.

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