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Bure Valley Railway Infrastructure; Winter works 2015-17
Topic Started: 4 Feb 2016, 07:46 PM (1,712 Views)
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Big changes have been tacking place at Wroxham Station on the 15" gauge Bure Valley Railway.

Until recently the layout at Wroxham consisted of one usable platform road and a reversing loop, both of which could access the turntable at the end of the line. The reversing loop also had an unused island platform that also had a siding between it and the BVR / Network Rail fence. The platform left a lot to be desired! The siding was linked to the other two roads at the “Aylsham” end of the station, but had only ever been used as a storage road.

During the winter (2015-16) work has been undertaken to:

1. Remove the old island platform and replace it by a new platform closer to and adjacent to the BVR / Network Rail fence.

2. Provide three tracks that all access the existing turntable. The outer two tracks now have platform faces, one against the original platform and the second against the new platform. The centre road can release locos. from either platform road.

3. Remove the old water tower and replace it by a new building, which has an enlarged tank on top and water softening equipment house within.

4. Erect a second building next to the new water tower, for staff to use as a mini mess room, so that their dirty kit does not spoil the customer facilities.

5. Complete most of the project before the start of the "Teddy Bear Express" during February Half Term (13th to 21st February 2016.)

6. Completed the last sections of work that will be the renewal of the track on the remainder of the existing platform 1 road and the centre road, together with passenger access to the new, second platform.

All renewed track will have new ballast laid on "Terram", plus new 30lb / yard FB Mines rail and new sleepers as required. The new rail is from BVR stock that was bought by the BVR from the last rolling of such rail at Workington in 2004.

Photos of the new works can be seen on the following facebook pages:

BVR Engineering here. This site also shows the overhaul of BVR steam locos #6 & #8.

BVR Public site here.

As a PS, the workshop extension at Aylsham is now complete, except for some of the internal fitting out, plus the whole of Aylsham Station has also been rewired and now has LED lighting.

A belated "Happy New Year" to everybody,
David Barnes

Bure Valley Railway - The 15" gauge railway with powerful steam locomotives.
Trains between Wroxham & Aylsham in Norfolk.
Daily services between 24th March and 28th October 2018.
Please look up the BVR website, for more details.
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Below are two views of the BVR Wroxham station. The first in October 2015 and the second in mid. January 2016:
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David Barnes

Bure Valley Railway - The 15" gauge railway with powerful steam locomotives.
Trains between Wroxham & Aylsham in Norfolk.
Daily services between 24th March and 28th October 2018.
Please look up the BVR website, for more details.
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Thanks for sharing the photos David, it certainly looks like an improvement on the old arrangement and once in use will make operations a lot more interesting.

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The original main platform and the new centre road are being used over half term.

The new platform road has ballast, but its track has still to be completed.

Best wishes,
David Barnes

Bure Valley Railway - The 15" gauge railway with powerful steam locomotives.
Trains between Wroxham & Aylsham in Norfolk.
Daily services between 24th March and 28th October 2018.
Please look up the BVR website, for more details.
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Here is photo of Wroxham looking towards the turntable that was taken by Stuart Clark today. It shows:

•The new tracks;
•The two new water columns;
•On the left is (a) the new water tower that has a water softener below and (b) the new mini mess room, which still needs its roofing to be completed.
•The timber building on the right is the “Friends of the BVR” book shop and beyond that is the book shop store.
•Centre stage at the back is the Signalbox that is now run by the Wroxham Signalbox Trust, following its move back from the Network Rail lines and towards the road bridge – away from the camera. The Signalbox has open days.
•The pile of timber in the distance, to the right of the telegraph pole, is for new fencing.

BVR trains are running this weekend, so the final installation of new track at the other end of the platforms will have to wait until next week.

Wroxham now looks a lot different to what it did a few years ago and more developments are planed for the future.

Best wishes
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Bure Valley Railway - The 15" gauge railway with powerful steam locomotives.
Trains between Wroxham & Aylsham in Norfolk.
Daily services between 24th March and 28th October 2018.
Please look up the BVR website, for more details.
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Wroxham now has two working platforms, the second (new) platform will mainly be used for "extra" trains at peak periods and for "Driver Experience" trains.

More photos will be added when all the works, including new fencing, painting, etc. are complete.

However, if you cannot wait to see the photos, trains are now running daily until the end of October.
David Barnes

Bure Valley Railway - The 15" gauge railway with powerful steam locomotives.
Trains between Wroxham & Aylsham in Norfolk.
Daily services between 24th March and 28th October 2018.
Please look up the BVR website, for more details.
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From Bure Valley Railway's Facebook page:

New Platform for Future Growth

On Saturday, 16 April at 15:05 the first passenger train will enter the new platform at the Bure Valley Railway's Wroxham Station and the platform will officially be opened by David Hastings, a founding supporter of the Railway and Ken Girvan, Chairman of the Friends of the Bure Valley Railway.

This major project to remodel Wroxham Station and provide an additional platform has been a long held ambition of the Company. The platform provides the potential for train frequency on the railway to be doubled. During 2016 the new platform will be used for relief trains, but will allow a totally new timetable to be operated in 2017.

The project was made possible with support from 'The Friends of the Bure Valley Railway'.

Andrew Barnes, Managing Director, says "It is great to see passenger numbers continue to increase and the new platform will allow us greater flexibility within our timetable and to keep pace with the demand. Norfolk is a great tourist destination and the Bure Valley Railway provides visitors a nostalgic steam experience to and from the Norfolk Broads."
David Barnes

Bure Valley Railway - The 15" gauge railway with powerful steam locomotives.
Trains between Wroxham & Aylsham in Norfolk.
Daily services between 24th March and 28th October 2018.
Please look up the BVR website, for more details.
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Here is a photo of BVR Wroxham Station, that was taken on the 16th April 2016 when Platform 2 was opened.

Best wishes,
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Bure Valley Railway - The 15" gauge railway with powerful steam locomotives.
Trains between Wroxham & Aylsham in Norfolk.
Daily services between 24th March and 28th October 2018.
Please look up the BVR website, for more details.
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Certainly looks very smart David, a credit to the effort of those involved.

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This winter (2016-17), 24No. (30ft) track panels were relayed north of Spratt's Green at the beginning of January and a further 70No. (30ft) panels are being relayed between Spratt's Green, over Burgh Summit, to Mermaid underbridge (#1308), before half term on the 11th February. That is 2,700ft or just over half a mile of relaying in about six weeks.

At least two diggers and up to three dumpers have been used to achieve the target timescales.

The re-laid track includes new granite ballast to a depth of at least 100mm below the sleepers. The sleepers are spaced at 13No per 30ft track panel and are in groups of either all new hardwood sleepers or good condition reused hardwood sleepers, i.e. sleepers of a similar age and depth are kept together to ease future renewals. All sleepers are 3'-0" long by 9" to 10" wide by 5" to 5.5" deep depending upon supplier.

The re-laid track is installed on top of the existing shingle ballast, which is first levelled, compacted and covered with a geotextile membrane.

In addition, spot resleepering has been taking place on the rest of the line (8.5 miles) to take out defective sleepers and eliminate temporary speed restrictions.

Please see the Bure Valley Railway's Facebook page for photos of the recent track works. PS the link to the BVR Facebook page does not want to work! but it is https://www.facebook.com/groups/900369570028284/

Best wishes and a "Happy Chinese New Year".

Edited by bvr379, 28 Jan 2017, 01:28 PM.
David Barnes

Bure Valley Railway - The 15" gauge railway with powerful steam locomotives.
Trains between Wroxham & Aylsham in Norfolk.
Daily services between 24th March and 28th October 2018.
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In all 188No. x 30ft panels were relaid between early January 2017 and today (3 March 2017).

That is 2/3 of a mile of relaid track on new Granite Ballast (from Norway) and new Hardwood Sleepers. Only another 8 miles plus to relay the whole line between Aylsham & Wroxham.

PS The title should now read 2015 to 2017
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Bure Valley Railway - The 15" gauge railway with powerful steam locomotives.
Trains between Wroxham & Aylsham in Norfolk.
Daily services between 24th March and 28th October 2018.
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The 15" gauge Bure Valley Railway has just finished extending its Hautbios Loop by 90ft so that two trains. both with a Loco., 12 Bogie Coaches and a four wheeled Guards Van, can pass each other.

Prior to the extension, the Hautbios Loop was the shortest loop on the line. As it is midway between Aylsham and Wroxham it is probably the most used of the three passing loops.

The attached photo shows the extension, before the final drop of ballast. Photo by Stuart Clarke
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Bure Valley Railway - The 15" gauge railway with powerful steam locomotives.
Trains between Wroxham & Aylsham in Norfolk.
Daily services between 24th March and 28th October 2018.
Please look up the BVR website, for more details.
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Yes. we at Saltburn Miniature Railway have taken delivery of the same hardwood sleepers from Sneek Timbers and they are certainly heavy, they come wrapped on a pallet of sixteen weighing 3/4 ton.
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Hi Bob,
Hardwood sleepers from Sneek have improved. Earlier BVR deliveries were of varying depth.
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Bure Valley Railway - The 15" gauge railway with powerful steam locomotives.
Trains between Wroxham & Aylsham in Norfolk.
Daily services between 24th March and 28th October 2018.
Please look up the BVR website, for more details.
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