Richard's 'Not the Track Trek' page
I couldn't do the Bluebell Track Trek on 18 November 2017. However I am instead walking a 26km section of the District Line on Saturday 25th.
Raising money for
Bluebell Railway Trust
Donations no longer accepted
Of course, I'm not actually walking the District Line tracks and tunnels, but following the route (from Richmond to Tower Hill) on adjacent roads and footpaths, calling at all stations. So I'm offering anyone who wishes to sponsor me the opportunity to do so in aid of the Tr(ack)Action Appeal.
About me: Bluebell Railway Preservation Society webmaster and carriage restorer, Society Rep to the Bluebell Railway Trust.
Tr(ack) Action Appeal
Those of you who have travelled on the Bluebell Railway recently will have noticed there are sections of the line where the journey is a little uneven. This is due to track wear. The Railway wishes to accelerate its programme of track renewal; thus we have launched the Tr(ack) Action Appeal to raise funds to do so. In addition to improving passenger comfort the renewed track will reduce maintenance costs on locomotives and carriages.
Parts of our Railway's track dates back to before the Preservation Society was formed. It is a tribute to those that built it and our maintenance teams over the years that it has lasted this long. It will last even longer but at a cost. Not just in the ride passenger get but also in the wear on locomotive and rolling stock springs and wheels.
Many people are unaware that steel wheels have steel tyres. These wear through use particularly going rounds curves - there are very few straight sections on our Railway! The cost of a new set of tyres on a carriage can run into five figures and to six figures for a locomotive. Therefore new and smooth track can save a lot of money.
Event is completed
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