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SVR-CT: Falling Sands viaduct fundraising campaign

 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:19 am    Post subject: SVR-CT: Falling Sands viaduct fundraising campaign Reply with quote

Extracts from the SVR Charitable Trust web site.
Refer to http://svrtrust.org.uk/our-projects/falling-sands-viaduct.html

Why Falling Sands is so important to the SVR.
The viaduct was completed in 1877, and years of water have gradually seeped into its seven arches, causing the brickwork to crack and erode, and the mortar joints to crumble. There’s already a 20 mph speed limit on trains crossing Falling Sands, and things can only get worse. Forced closure of the viaduct would cut off Kidderminster from the rest of the line. To lose this essential operational hub, housing our historic fleet of carriages, the Diesel Depot, mainline connection, and the point of departure for 80% of our visitors, would compromise the entire future of the SVR. It would be simply unthinkable.

How you can help to preserve this important part of the SVR's infrastructure.
As we continue to develop the plans for final submission to HLF, we will also be launching a major fundraising campaign to secure the further £250,000 we'll need in addition to HLF funding
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Extract from the SVR Charitable Trust web site (November 05 2017)
Refer to http://svrtrust.org.uk

Can you help us in our quest to restore Falling Sands viaduct?

We're through to the second stage of making our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £1 million to restore the Falling Sands viaduct, a vital part of the Railway's infrastructure.

And that's where you come in. Because as well as the £1 million from HLF, we need to raise a further £250,000 for Falling Sands in donations, from individuals and trusts. By getting as much of this money in place, as soon as possible, we will show the will and support that's behind our bid to HLF for this essential SVR infrastructure project. 

We're planning a full fundraising campaign but you can give us a head start, by donating to Falling Sands right now.

Refer to web page for links to methods of donation.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update on BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-43229442?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_midlands_today&ns_source=facebook&ns_linkname=english_regions
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Extract from the SVR-CT new leaflet, 'Helping hands for Falling Sands'.

Quote, 'We need to raise £275,000 by December 2018. By doing this, we'll help to unlock a further £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund', unquote.

Quote, 'For £50, you can add your name, or that of a friend or relative, to the Railway's first ever donation wall at the Engine House Visitor Centre, Highley', unquote.
An application form to make a donation is contained within the leaflet or sign up online at svrtrust.org.uk.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Extract from the Severn Valley Railway Facebook official site [published 23 April 2018].
https://www.facebook.com/svrofficial/

Quote, ‘Saturday’s Scenic Special guests support Falling Sands Viaduct.

We were knocked out to receive £410 from a raffle held on Saturday’s Scenic Special, hauled by King Edward II.

The raffle was organised by a fabulous team of SVR volunteers from the Motive Power Department at Bewdley', unquote.

https://www.facebook.com/svrofficial/photos/pb.215794101831633.-2207520000.1524509764./1796152643795763/?type=3&theatre


This forum post is an extract based on information shown on the Severn Valley Railway Facebook official site and is not necessarily updated to reflect change.
Always refer back to and check the Severn Valley Railway Facebook official site to confirm details are still correct
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Extract from ‘Branch Lines’, the SVR Supporters newsletter, dated November 2018. [as viewed 10 November 2018].
The newsletter is downloadable from the public domain side of SVRLive
https://www.svrlive.com/blnovember18

Final funding bid for Falling Sands Viaduct sent to HLF

On 26th October, the SVR Charitable Trust submitted a final bid for grant funding to the Heritage Lottery Fund. This is for a total just short of £1 million. If successful, it would fund the majority of the £1.3 million costs of restoring Falling Sands Viaduct.

A development grant of £71,800 has already been awarded by HLF to enable the Railway to carry out initial investigations and draw up specifications for the work to be carried out.

The three members of the SVR family, SVR Holdings, the SVR Company Limited and the SVR Charitable Trust are working in partnership on the major project to carry out essential repairs to Falling Sands Viaduct. After 141 years of service, the structure is badly showing its age, and without restoration, the Railway could be forced to shorten its trains or even close the line linking Kidderminster to the rest of the Severn Valley. As many readers will know, there is already a speed restriction in place over the viaduct.

Charitable Trust director Shelagh Paterson said, “Since April this year, the Charitable Trust has been running the ‘helping hands for Falling Sands’ appeal, to raise match funding for the project. Securing the rest of the project funding will play an important part in the HLF’s final decision, which we expect to receive next March.

“There’s not long left if you want to add a name to the Falling Sands donation wall. We must close applications early in 2019, in order to prepare for and create the wall installation. We’d hate anyone to miss the chance to sign up for the wall, so please act soon. It would make an ideal Christmas present for someone who loves the SVR.”

For a £50 donation you can add a name to the wall at www.svrtrust.org.uk

Note: Could not find a similar news update on the SVR-CT’s own website.

This forum thread is a snapshot extract from the main SVRLive site and is not necessarily updated to reflect change. Always refer back to and check the main web site to confirm details are still correct.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"...the Railway could be forced to shorten its trains..."
Is this because the total gross weight of trains would be reduced, or because the weight limit for locomotives would be reduced, meaning only the smaller locomotives which are not capable of pulling longer trains were allowed?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graham wrote:
"...the Railway could be forced to shorten its trains..."
Is this because the total gross weight of trains would be reduced, or because the weight limit for locomotives would be reduced, meaning only the smaller locomotives which are not capable of pulling longer trains were allowed?


Hi Graham, I would think a structures engineer would need to answer your question. It could be connected with the factors you have identified and perhaps 'hammer-blow' from the steam locomotive also has some affect.

As this repair is being funded by a call for donations I wonder if the SVR would be prepared to share the contents of the bridge condition report with the membership? It would be a very interesting technical read and no doubt full of calculations as well. It may help lead to further money coming in to fund the work?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jackson_p wrote:

... and perhaps 'hammer-blow' from the steam locomotive also has some affect.

Nah. Even at 25 mph, I am pretty confident hammer-blow would be insignificant. I don't have time to check the science right now, but it will be one those things that increase as the square of the speed (at least, maybe some higher power).
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

madderlake wrote:
jackson_p wrote:

... and perhaps 'hammer-blow' from the steam locomotive also has some affect.

Nah. Even at 25 mph, I am pretty confident hammer-blow would be insignificant. I don't have time to check the science right now, but it will be one those things that increase as the square of the speed (at least, maybe some higher power).


Hammer-blow is proportional to the square of the speed for a given loco. It depends on the mass of components such as connecting rods and the size of driving wheels but even on a small wheeled loco such as 2857 it is unlikely to be significant at 25 mph. Details of the loco are needed to make an accurate assessment.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another aspect of this necessary work is that the railway will be severed whist the work is in hand and the time of severance may be fluid depending on what is found when the works start. I presumes services then will be BN to Bewdley which is fine as far as it goes save that the Bewdley infrastructure is not as extensive as that at Kidder.

So what happens at Kidder? Does it go dormant for the duration of the works?

Why not seize the opportunity to use what will be marooned there to good effect. Why not shuttle locos (Diesels) between the station and the limit of shunt? Drive a Hoover for £10? Perhaps an 08? there must be some scope for ensuring that there is a visitor experience available.

If only the downtime could be used to put up the canopies over the platfors to make it look like a real station!

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

long_m wrote:
If only the downtime could be used to put up the canopies over the platfors to make it look like a real station!


Do you have your cheque book at the ready!?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just looking at the CT website I notice that the £275000 donations figure required is now quoted as "£397000 by early 2019" due to extra work required, mainly due to working round a gas main on the viaduct.

There has been no running total for donations shown on the CT website for some time now, do we assume that the £275000 figure has already been achieved? Good news if that is the case.

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