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Eaton Hall dates 2014

Postby Voyager » Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:26 pm

Evening all,

Eaton Hall dates for 2014 are now up on www.eatonestate.co.uk

Sundays 20th April, 25th May, 27th July and 24th August, 10:30am to 5pm.

Admission is £6 for adults and £1.50 for children, all proceeds to charity.

The railway is due to be operating on all four days. Train tickets are additional and sold on a "first come, first served" basis in two batches - from 10:30am for morning trains and from 1:30pm for afternoon trains - when they're gone they're gone.

Hope this helps with forward planning for those who would like to see the current manifestation of the premier Heywood railway and haven't yet had the chance.
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Postby chris stockdale » Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:27 am

Thanks for putting up the dates - I've a memory like a sieve so I'll pop them on the calendar pronto. I'll definitely be there at some stage. Do you plan to visit? Last year I went in May. It was a hot, glorious day and I even managed to drag myself away from the railway for a bit. :roll:

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Postby Thorness » Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:21 pm

Eaton Hall date on Sunday! :D
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Postby chris stockdale » Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:37 am

Hi Don,

Will you be going?

Yours truly is looking to make it over. The weather looks like it might be a few degrees cooler, thank goodness.

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Postby Thorness » Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:46 am

Hi,
I had every intention of being there but I seem to have picked up a bug so I won't be making it this time. Hopefully I will get there next time!

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Postby chris stockdale » Sun Jul 27, 2014 4:20 pm

Hi Don,

Shame you were under the weather - hopefully better soon.

I had my wife with me so not so much time spent at the railway but I did get these shots of a new I think (to Eaton Hall) i.c. loco. A lady came along and didn't seem best pleased that I was photographing it - she made a comment about it 'Not being commissioned yet' - but goodness knows what the problem was as it was parked up in plain view right beside the fence outside the shed!

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Does anyone know more please?

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Postby Voyager » Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:08 pm

Good find Stockers,

Presume it will be cover for KATIE, or perhaps they are going to launch two train operation?

DH-25s are not all that scarce in the UK, not least as their design lends itself to regauging from the as-built 2'0". Fairbourne's GWRIL is one, at 12.25", and there are several 2'0" examples, but I think that this is the first 15" example.

I assume that in this case the conversion was done by Alan Keef but will check.

They were originally built for use on tunnelling contracts and the like, and at least some of those in the UK have made the round trip from the UK to Singapore and back twice in their lives.

Afraid I didn't make it today, but taking Mrs H and M-I-L to Derbyshire this afternoon did at least provide the opportunity to travel on the Steeple Grange Light Railway - only 3" over-gauge and thoroughly recommended.
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Postby Colin Peake » Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:08 pm

This isn't the first 15" version, as Perrygrove's 'Jubilee' is based on one of these machines. 12 1/4" versions also exist at Exbury and Exmoor.

O9 modellers may be interested to know that A1 Models have released a test etch of something very similar, although at the moment the cab is of industrial 18" proportions rather than 15" miniature! More info here: http://o9modeller.blogspot.co.uk/2014/0 ... nslet.html (Shameless plug!)

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Postby Voyager » Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:47 pm

Colin,

Thanks for pointing out the other sub 2'0" examples - just goes to prove the versatility of the design.

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Postby Voyager » Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:03 am

Just a quick reminder to anyone who has it on their "to do" list for 2014 that this coming Sunday (24th August) is the last opportunity to visit this year.

I will aim to post 2015 dates early in the new year once I have them, but for forward planning purposes it seems to be reasonably safe to assume a pattern of Easter and the Bank Holiday weekends.

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Postby Thorness » Sun Aug 24, 2014 3:53 pm

Finally managed to make it to an Eaton Hall open day!

The beautiful Katie:
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and a pic of the Hunslet-Jenbach spotted by Stockers in July:
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Also a link to a short video:
http://youtu.be/vf0lBvPbyy8

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Postby Jon Randall » Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:10 pm

Thanks Don 8)
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Postby Voyager » Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:09 am

Thanks for posting these Don.

Great to see the Hunslet-Jenbach with Heywood couplers fitted - I think that Sir Arthur would have approved!

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Postby ian holmes » Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:13 am

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