As many will be aware, restrictions surrounding the outbreak of Covid-19 has caused many railways to close to protect the public, staff and volunteers. As a result, at the time of writing, the Worth Valley Railway has taken the decision to close until further notice. This means that our coaches are for the time being, not in use and not on display.
The 6-part series called ‘The English Game’ was released on March 20th and can be viewed on the Netflix website.
Our six-wheel carriages 279 and 1507 together with the Bogie Brake 1474 were used under a contract with a production company NETFLIX.
This is for a forthcoming film covering the formation of the English Football League, a six-part drama ‘The English Game’ which will start broadcasting on NETFLIX TV in 2020.
Our carriages were used with Coal Tank 1054 during May and July 2019, much of the filming being in Keighley station which was renamed Darwen for the purpose Although Brake 1474 was not available for public service at the time, the Worth Valley had approved it for use in the filming, for which the brake compartment was modified by the fitting of wooden benches for a team to sit.
752 is due to be officially launched at the East Lancashire Railway’s Spring Gala (6-8 March).
More details can be found on their website here
Meanwhile, use of the Trust’s carriages has been requested for the Worth Valley Gala the same weekend – see separate news item for further details.
The Worth Valley has confirmed that the Trusts coaches will be used as part of the vintage train service at the railway’s Spring Steam Gala (06/03/20 – 08/03/20). More details to follow closer to the date.
LATE NEWS – as of 18th February 2020 the Worth Valley have advised that operational issues connected with major engineering works will mean that only our Club Carriage 47 will be in use, but that will be for the full 3 days on a main service train.
The Worth Valley’s website now has a page dedicated to the Gala, this can be viewed here
On Saturday 22nd February Trust members and friends of the engine enjoyed a ride behind 752 (as 51456) prior to its official launch at the East Lancashire Railways Gala on the 6-8th of March. click here for more information.
Pictured at Rawtenstall are many of those responsible for the restoration of the engine. (photo by John Sagar)
Thanks to the excellent response of our members to the appeal for 1474, we have been able to take delivery of 16 new suspension springs for the coach. These have since been painted and work has started to fit a number of springs to the vehicle.
Bogie Brake 1474 has been the subject of investigation and repairs to the bogie springing during 2019. This has prevented its use in service trains but the Worth Valley agreed that it could be used for a filming contract (see news item Filming for NETFLIX) along with our 6-wheelers. The main issue is that 1474 rolls quite a bit when in use, probably indicating that there is weakness in the suspension almost certainly due to its age.
The bogie suspension consists of primary and secondary (or auxiliary) components. The primary suspension comprises large coil springs located in the central bolster, the secondary being the leaf springs located over each axlebox together with a pair of auxiliary coil springs located at the outer end of each leaf spring.
Much of the investigation work has taken place with the active co-operation of the Worth Valley’s Director of Engineering, the Worth Valley having responsibility for the safety of the carriages when in use.
January 2020 it’s been established that the auxiliary coil springs in the secondary suspension have insufficient strength so 16 replacements are now on order thanks to a very good response to a fundraising request. Copies of the original L&YR general arrangement drawings of the bogies were obtained in 2019 via the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Society and it’s been found that the full specification for the replacement springs was detailed on the drawings. The material used over 100 years ago is now hard to obtain, so an alternative design has been established and approved by the Worth Valley’s Director of Engineering.
Springs removed for testing have been being temporarily replaced with steel tube. Examples of the auxiliary coil and leaf springs can be seen below along with an example of the securing bolts, some of which may need replacement due to 100 years plus of wear. The photos are supplied by the Trust’s team of of Jim Hindle, David and Daniel Winters as well as Trustee Peter Eastham.
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752 was featured in the TV program STEAM TRAIN BRITAIN on Yesterday. First broadcast on 19/12/19 in Episode 10. This can now be seen on UKTV Play – Watch Here
Locomotive No.752 passed its final boiler inspection this afternoon (16/12/19). Having been signed off the locomotive was coupled to a rake of coaches for a brakes test. Work to weigh the locomotive will proceed prior to running in on the East Lancashire Railway.
752 is to feature in TV series STEAM TRAIN BRITAIN which is to be shown on the Yesterday channel, a Freeview channel also available on Sky.
The first showing will be on Thursday 19th December 2019 at 2000 but will almost certainly be repeated.
The filming took place in October 2019 when 752 was incomplete but capable of moving under its own steam.