NEWS

April 2014 Bulletin

REFURBISHING ROLLING STOCK



Over winter Spirit of Banffshire Dufftown car no 51568 has been in the shed being repainted. The left photo above shows 51568 before it was moved into the shed. The right photo is actually of Spirit of Speyside Dufftown car 53628 but this is how 51568 will look when fully painted and lined out.

Our guards van is also in the shed for refurbishment. The following photos are of an earlier stage in the refurbishment.





PROJECT PRIORITIES

At a Board meeting it was agreed that the following were the priority projects:

Short Term – To complete the loco shed by laying the floor and installing a second track within the shed.

Medium Term – To provide or reinstate 4 railway halts. These halts are still under discussion with all interested parties so no further details can be provided at this stage.

Long Term – To re-establish a rail connection at Keith Junction Station.

TRACK APPEAL



An appeal was launched in 2010 to move the modern shed then located at Drummuir to Dufftown. The shed was re-erected at Dufftown May 2012 and most of the work is now complete, indeed the shed has already proved its worth by enabling us to repaint and overhaul some stock. Installing the floor and laying a second track into the shed are now the priorities.

Progress Report

Target:- £25,000

Collected:- £28,543 as at 11/1/2014

A very large and heart felt thank you to all who have contributed to the appeal. The appeal is now closed but any donations received for the shed will now be directed to the Track Appeal.

The Track Appeal has been set up to raise funds for the second track into the engine shed. The appeal takes the form of purchasing a sleeper, for £10, for the second track. The names of those purchasing a sleeper are recorded on a chart at Dufftown Station. To date (11/1/2014) £3,210 has been raised.

For details of the above use Appeals link to the left or click this link: Appeals



DMU CHANGES



The operational DMU is now Spirit of Speyside comprised of Driver Motor Brake Standard (DMBS 53628) Dufftown car and Driver Trailer Lavatory Composite (DTLC 56224) Keith car.. Spirit of Speyside is wheel chair accessible.

BUFFER STOP



The Buffer Stop will open at the start of the season on Friday 18th April 2014 and will close on 28th September 2014. During the season the Buffer Stop serves tea, coffee, soup, sandwiches, cakes and scones. We enjoy serving booked parties, those using our trains or just popping in while passing. All are welcome to enjoy our good food at good prices.

Please note the Buffer Stop is entirely staffed by volunteers and its operation is dependent on sufficient volunteers being available to operate it. More volunteers are always welcome see our Volunteers page using Volunteers link to the left or click this link: Volunteers

During the closed season the Kitchen Car of the Buffer Stop has been stripped out. New flooring is being laid and all kitchen equipment, plumbing and wiring being replaced / refurbished / reinstalled. The following photos show the work in progress, earlier this year, but the Kitchen Car is now in full operation again ready to welcome the new season’s guests.





During the closed season the Kitchen Car of the Buffer Stop has been stripped out. New flooring has been laid and all kitchen equipment, plumbing and wiring been replaced / refurbished / reinstalled. The following photos show the work in progress including the fitting of a cover, with window, to the unused corridor connection at the Dufftown end. This new cover meets two requirements 1) prevent rainwater gathering in the connection leading to rotting of the floor and 2) the window provides controllable ventilation to the Kitchen Car. Next photo shows the new flooring in the as yet empty Kitchen car and the third photo shows the final piece of catering equipment being repositioned. The Restaurant car has also been spruced up and with the Kitchen Car is fully operational again ready to welcome the new season’s guests.





TUESDAY WORK PARTY



The Tuesday Work Party at Dufftown station has tended to concentrated on “light work” i.e. smaller tasks that tend to appear further down the list of priorities e.g. painting and keeping the environment tidy etc. However, of late they have been involved in more major work such as the refurbishment of our DMUs , the Brake Van, Permanent Way and a multitude of other tasks. We can find work suited to everyone’s ability. Works trains and training runs on our DMU also take place.

This is another reason why people should not trespass on the line at any time. We do not just run scheduled services as published in our timetable but works trains on any day of the week and at any time of the day. Many people assume that if there are no scheduled services on a day then there will be no trains but this is very wide of the mark. We can and do run works trains, training runs and line inspections on any day of the week and potentially at any time of the day. Please do not trespass on the line at any time.

Anyone interested in taking part in this group is asked to contact Alistair Coull on 01542 831295. There is always work for any pair of willing hands. Come along, learn something new or share your skills with others!






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