Some Local Railways this Easter

Some Local Railways this Easter

Don’t forget – Chasewater Railway details on the ‘Home’ page!

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth.

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Easter Weekend
Fri 18th, Sat 19th, Sun 20th, Mon 21st April 2014
Our normal timetable will operate on the Wirksworth and Duffield line. The Wirksworth and Ravenstor line will be operating an increased timetable also.
There will be an Egg Trail on Saturday, Sunday and Monday around the station at Wirksworth.
Day Rover Fares
Tickets are valid for all day travel on both the Duffield and Ravenstor lines.
Adults Concessions Children Family (2+3)
£12.00 £11.00 £6.00 £29.00

Churnet Valley

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Kids Go Free This Easter

Posted in Contributors Blog on 7th Apr 2014
“Kids Go Free” this Easter at the Churnet Valley Railway with its Steam hauled Easter “Eggspress” trains….
Plus on Easter Sunday Children can enjoy complimenatry Easter Activities which will include an Easter Egg Hunt, Egg Painting, Hunt the Rabbit and Make & Take Children’s Activity Tables.
Trains will be running over the Easter weekend, Saturday, Easter Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday and Wednesday 23rd April. Our “Kids Go Free” offer which allows one Child to travel FREE with each full fare paying adult is valid every day over the Easter holiday. Trains depart each day at 11:32, 12:57 & 14:22 from Cheddleton Station and 12:10, 13:35 & 15:00 from Kingsley & Froghall Station. No booking is required just come along.
As usual our “Goods Shed” tea room at Cheddleton Station and our award winning traditional tea rooms at Kingsley & Froghall Station will be open on all running days providing snacks, hot meals and a huge selection of homemade cakes. And don’t forget to visit one of the best railway souvenir shops around.
Happy Easter!

Amerton Railway

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Running daily throughout the Easter Holidays, mainly diesel hauled but with steam on Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Fares (held for 2014): Children £1.50, Concessions £1.70, Adults £2.20

Peak Rail

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19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd April – Easter Treasure Hunt
Fun for all the family with clues on the train and at Rowsley South and Matlock Platform 2 Stations. Plus your chance to win tickets for our hugely popular Santa Specials.
For a Easter treat every child bringing along a teddy bear can travel free over this five day event.
Normal timetable and fares will apply for this event.
Please contact 01629 580381 for further information.

Severn Valley Railway

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During the school Easter holidays, timetable B operates from April 14th – 27th excepting April 19th – 21st when timetable C is in operation.

With timetable B, 3 steam hauled trains are in operation throughout the day. An additional train, which is not shown here, operates on Sunday and is available for pre-booked diners only.

Why not try one of our suggestions below and get the most out of your day?

For the Kids: Collect an entry form and a FREE pack of crayons when you arrive, and take part in our ‘Chicks & Bunnies’ observation competition all the way along the line. Prizes for the best entries!
There will also be fun art and craft activities (Decopatch) by Crocodile Creations at The Engine House on April 19th, 20th & 21st (additional charge applies).

Fantastic Fares: Our Fantastic Fares discount offer is available on April 18th & 25th. Prebook your tickets now and save up to 30% off the normal fare

Great Central Railway

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Foxfield Railway

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Foxey’s Easter Specials 2014

18th – 21st April
Spring is not just great for seeing rows of daffodils but also a great chance to explore the great British countryside and what better chance to do it by steam train.
With Easter to look forward to Foxfield will be providing plenty of steam hauled trains so that more people can see how glorious the surrounding Staffordshire countryside really is.

Throughout the Easter weekend visitors will be able to take part in Face Painting, Egg hunt and also our much loved activity carriage where everyone can get can to grips with games.Commenting on the busy weekends “Richard Barnett” said, “Spring is always a great start to the season for us, people just want to get out, especially after the extremely cold winter period we have had”.
Over the weekend Foxfield’s great facilities will be open with the buffet offering cold and hot refreshments and our very own award winning real ale bar offering a fine selection of beers.

 

Telford Steam Railway

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2014  Our railway will be open on Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter 2014

Hednesford Park News – Easter Treasure Hunt Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Hednesford Park News

Easter Treasure Hunt Tuesday 22nd April 2014

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Please accept our SINCERE apologies for not updating the Easter Treasure Hunt Details for over the Easter Holidays.
Our bunnies and chicks are all bouncing about in anticipation for next weeks Easter Treasure Hunt.
TUESDAY 22nd at 11am – 1pm, which gives everyone chance to get round. Easter activities in the pavilion. See the bunny at the gates pictured for your treasure map and clues.

Canal News – Five Attractions for Easter

Canal News

Five attractions for Easter

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Floating market at Alvecote

18 – 21 Apr 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Make your way to Alvecote on the Coventry Canal to and enjoy browsing around a market with a difference.
Come and browse at this floating market where colourful narrowboats will be selling everything from tiller pins to take-aways.
Why not take your family along and take a walk along the picturesque towpath while you’re there?
Trading boats
The RCTA is still taking bookings from trading boats. For more information and to book your place at one of these events visit http://www.canaltraders.org.uk/markets.html.
If you’ve got any questions about the upcoming markets please contact michael@canaltraders.org.uk.

Meet the Easter Bunny Boat Trips

Hidden Depths Canal Cruises

19 – 21 Apr 2014
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Address
Kings Cross
Granary Square
Canalside steps
Regents Canal
London
N1C 4AA

Take a special boat trip to meet the Easter Bunny.
Children’s activities on board during the cruise.
Depart: on the hour, every hour from 11am – 5pm.
Pick up/drop off point: Kings Cross, Granary Square, Canalside steps, Regents Canal, London. N1C 4AA.
£10 adults, £8 child, senior. onboard activities include: decorate an egg, make an Easter chick and meet the Easter bunny!
Please email or ring to book.
http://www.hiddendepthscanalcruises.co.uk 07456084584

Ellesmere Port ‘Then and Now’ Exhibition at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

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05 Mar – 29 Apr 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Address
National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. CH65 4FW

Rare images go on view at the National Waterways Museum.
A six week exhibition, commencing Wednesday, 5 March, on Ellesmere Port will include both old and new images of the town, hence its title ‘Then and Now’. It’s a major fringe event of the new and exciting Port Arts Festival and will give locals, and others with a knowledge of the town, a chance to reminisce. It’ll also help newcomers understand a bit more about this fascinating industrial town with its many phases of development.
The exhibition includes photos of the Beatles, Joe Mercer, Pat Phoenix, various pubs and clubs, stories of its development (e.g. why did the town centre keep moving?), industry and many other fascinating aspects. Alongside these rare images will be new ones taken by students from West Cheshire College and members of the Ellesmere Port Local and Family History Society plus a good selection of previously unseen images from the local community.
The exhibition will be open daily at the National Waterways Museum at no additional charge to the normal admission fee. Please contact 0151 355 1936 for further details or, for additional information about the exhibition, celiawebb@aol.com, on behalf of the Ellesmere Port Local and Family History Society, who are curating the exhibition.

Spot the bunnies during Gloucester Waterways Museum’s Easter tea cruise

King Arthur on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

King Arthur on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

19 Apr 2014
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Address
Gloucester Waterways Museum
Llanthony Warehouse
Gloucester Docks
Gloucester
GL1 2EH

Cruise along the canal and tuck into tea and cake this Easter
Relax on board Gloucester Waterways Museum’s pleasure boat the King Arthur this Easter. Seasonal tea cruises will be departing from the museum at 2pm on 19, 20 and 21 April. Delicious tea and cake will be served to passengers during the journey and our younger guests will be encouraged to “spot the bunnies” along the canal towpath en route.
A special way to celebrate Easter with family and friends. Tickets cost £10.50 for adults and £8.50 for children or £30 for a family of two adults and two children. To book tickets telephone 01452 318200.

Oxford Canal art exhibition

Jam Factory

02 – 27 Apr 2014
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Address
The Jam Factory Restaurant and Bar
Hollybush Row,
Oxford,
OX1 1HU

Enjoy an exhibition of art related to the Oxford Canal.
Visit Oxford’s Jam Factory to see the winning entries from the Oxford Canal Heritage project’s art competition. The entries will sit alongside professional artists work in the ‘Inspired by the Canal’ exhibition at the Jam Factory.
The Oxford Canal Heritage art competition attracted over 70 entries from retired people to children in Oxfordshire schools and include paintings, sketches, textiles, collages, pottery, photographs and models.

 

 

Canal News – Volunteers needed to help clean the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

Canal News

Volunteers needed to help clean the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal

We’re asking people living in and around Gailey in Cannock to help us give the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal a much-needed spring clean.

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The next clean-up is planned for Thursday 24 April from 10am – 3pm and people of all ages and abilities are invited to lend a hand to spruce up their local waterway. All equipment will be provided and volunteers should wear old clothes that they don’t mind getting a bit muddy.
The work is part of the our Towpath Taskforce volunteering project, which encourages people to come out, get their hands dirty and help protect some of Staffordshire’s most important wildlife habitats and public open space. The Taskforce provides regular volunteering opportunities for local communities which, as well as benefitting our canals and rivers also create memorable and rewarding experiences for everyone who takes part.
Pride in local waterways
The teams meet regularly and are aimed at encouraging more community ownership of and pride in local waterways. Projects include painting lock gates, improving access to the towpath, clearing overgrown vegetation, cleaning up litter and graffiti and helping wildlife by building nest and bat boxes and planting reed beds.
Peter Mathews CMG, chair of the West Midlands waterways partnership for the Canal & River Trust, said: “Staffordshire’s waterways are a real hive of activity with a whole variety plants and animals living along them. There are some areas though that need a little work, from cutting back natural vegetation to clearing away some of the rubbish that gets left behind. The more that people living near the canal can spare a few hours and help us tidy it up the better it will be for the whole community.”
Meeting point is at our car park next to the Roundhouse, Croft Lane, just off the A5, Gailey, Staffordshire, ST19 5PR.

Hednesford News – Museum of Cannock Chase – Transformed gallery opens doors to visitors

Hednesford News – Museum of Cannock Chase
Transformed gallery opens doors to visitors

Museum of Cannock Chase

Published on Thursday 3rd April 2014
A GALLERY celebrating the mining heritage of Cannock Chase has opened its doors following a £150,000 transformation.
Mining Memories, at The Museum of Cannock Chase, provides a new, permanent coal mining gallery for the local community, allowing people to experience a ‘day in the life’ of a miner and explore features of the mines. Visitors can try out interactive displays including a crawl-through tunnel.
The project, which received a £97,600 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, has also created an education package to make sure people of all ages get the maximum benefit from their experience at the museum.
Stuart Murray, Chief Executive of leisure and culture provider WLCT which manages the museum, said: “Mining Memories is a spectacular exhibition which brings the history of the Cannock Chase coalfield to life, providing a place for local people to go to reminisce and for young people in particular to learn about this important part of the district’s heritage. I’m delighted that we have been able to bring this project to fruition.”
Councillors were invited to visit the gallery earlier this week for a sneak preview of the gallery.
Councillor Christine Mitchell, Leader of Culture and Sport said: “The newly transformed gallery is a wonderful exhibition which captures the mining history of our District and brings it to life. I would encourage everyone to visit the Museum and find out about the District’s heritage.”
Reyahn King, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said: “Coal mining was the backbone of the local economy and now the stories of the miners and the communities it supported can be told, in an imaginative and engaging way, especially to the younger generation.”
A special event celebrating the opening of the new gallery is being planned for June 28.
The museum is open from Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm (last admission 3.30pm) until Good Friday. From Easter Saturday until the end of September it is open daily, 11am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm).

3-4_mining_memoriesFor full details of opening hours, visit http://www.wlct.org/museumofcannockchase

 

Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era 1923 – ‘Castles’ Great Western Railway

Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era
1923 – ‘Castles’
Great Western Railway

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No.7 ‘Great Western’ as running in 1956

When C.B.Collett succeeded Churchward in 1922 he introduced no radical changes in the strongly individual characteristics of GWR locomotive practice built up during that gentleman’s twenty years of office, but proceeded to carry on the tradition which was to last for the remainder of the Company’s existence until absorption into the BR in 1948.Viscount Horne
Collett’s first engines were in effect an improved ‘Star’ and the resulting class, the ‘Castles’, became the principal express type for all but the heaviest duties for the next 35 years, and when they did finally begin to be superseded in 1959 it was not by a new class of steam locomotives but by diesels. Their exploits during this period are well known and considerations of space do not allow more than a passing reference to the exchange trials of 1924 and 1925 between the GWR and the LNE and LMS Companies, the results of which had no small influence on future locomotive design on the two last mentioned lines.

Clun CastleTheir brilliant performances on the high speed ‘Cheltenham Flyer’ will also not be forgotten. They eventually totalled 171 engines, of which Nos. 4073-99, 5000-82, 5093-9 and 7000-37 were built new as ‘Castles’ and Nos. 4000, 4009, 4016, 4032, 4037 and 5083-92 were rebuilds of Churchward’s ‘Stars. Finally there was No. 111, rebuilt from the 4-6-2 ‘Great Bear’. The majority were named after castles, but there were some variations, and there was a certain amount of renaming. Four notable commemorative names may be mentioned, No. 5069 ‘Isambard Kingdom Brunel’, 7007 ‘Great Western’, 7017 ‘G.J.Churchward; and 7037, the last of the class, and the last express engine built at the famous works, turned out in 1950, was appropriately named ‘Swindon’. No. 4082 ‘Windsor Castle’ was driven by the late King George V on the occasion of a Royal visit to Swindon works in 1924, and bore a suitable commemorative plate. It was desired to use this engine to haul the funeral train from Paddington to Windsor in 1952, but it happened to be in the works for repair and an exchange on name and number plate was made with No. 7013 ‘Bristol Castle’, which engine actually performed the duty under the guise of ‘Windsor Castle’, which it retained, as the plates were left as they were.Lyonshall CastleAll of the Castles were still in service in 1959 with the exception of No. 4091 and the rebuilds Nos. 111, 4000, 4009 (latterly numbered 100), 4016 and 4032. The only alteration of note has been the recent fitting of double blast pipes and chimneys to several of the class. No. 5005 ran in 1935 with a particularly ugly form of semi-streamlining, fortunately only for a short time.
Driving wheels – 6’ 8½”, Cylinders (4) – 16”x 26”, Pressure 225 lb., Tractive effort – 31625 lb., Weight – 79 tons 17cwt., Br classification – 7P

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http://www.warwickshirerailways.com

Lichfield & Burntwood News – Beacon Park’s skatepark and Ryecroft Shopping Centre

Lichfield & Burntwood News

Beacon Park’s skatepark is officially opened

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Published on Monday, 7th April 2014
The ribbon was cut, officially opening Beacon Park’s new skatepark, on Saturday 5 April 2014.
Project funders and supporters, as well as keen skaters, assembled at Beacon Park’s new skatepark on 5 April to see Lichfield District Council’s Chairman cut the ribbon to officially open the completed facility.
Councillor David Leytham, Chairman of Lichfield District Council, said: “It’s so important that young people have venues available to encourage them to go outside and get active, so it gave me great pleasure to launch Beacon Park’s fantastic new skatepark. I am sure it will be enjoyed by generations of skaters for many years to come, and I hope everyone takes pride in it and helps us to keep it a pleasant place for all.”
Following the ribbon cutting, the crowd was treated to skating display by Gravity pro skaters.
Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, commented: “The skating was amazing and really showed what can be achieved on the ramps, after plenty of practice! Well done to the skaters and, on behalf of the council, we thank everyone who has helped to fund the skatepark and supported the project.”
Beacon Park’s £145,900 skatepark was funded by section 106 capital and contributions, The Veolia Environmental Trust, Lichfield City Council, Staffordshire Local Community Fund, and Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership. Lichfield District Council also contributed towards the landscaping.
Paul Taylor, Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, said: “Over the last five years we have awarded £486,546 through the Landfill Communities Fund to community and environmental projects in Staffordshire, and it is always great to hear about the opening of one we have supported. This facility will bring a range of health and social benefits to the community of Lichfield and I hope it is used and enjoyed for many years to come.”
The skatepark is regularly inspected, but if anyone has any concerns, they can contact the council’s parks team on 01543 308867 or email parks@lichfielddc.gov.uk

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Restoring Ryecroft Shopping Centre

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Published on Monday, 7th April 2014
Project partners raised a glass to celebrate the completion of a makeover project in Burntwood.
Traders and representatives from local organisations gathered today (Monday 7 April) to unveil the newly improved Ryecroft Shopping Centre in Burntwood.
Dianne Clift of D Beauty & Tanning Studio, and founding member of the Ryecroft Traders Association, cut the ribbon in front of assembled guests, proudly launching the improvements.
Building work to improve the centre’s car park and public spaces started in March and came about after the local businesses formed the Ryecroft Traders’ Association to address the shopping centre’s issues and boost trade.
Dianne Clift of D Beauty & Tanning Studio and founding member of the Ryecroft Traders’ Association, said: “It’s been a huge project for us and, with help from local councillors, Burntwood Business Crew and a great team from Lichfield District Council, who helped to establish and manage the project for us, and continue to advise our newly formed traders association, it’s finally paid off. We are all overjoyed with the result and hope it helps bring more much needed business to the centre. Customers have already commented on what a big difference it has made, as they can now park safely on the refurbished car park. Thank you to everyone involved.”
The repairs were funded by Burntwood Town Council, Burntwood Business Crew (with High Street Innovation funding), Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership, and Staffordshire Local Community Fund. Local traders are also contributing to ongoing maintenance of the shopping centre’s public areas.
Work so far has included resurfacing the front car park, patch-repairing the back car park, repairing the shopping centre’s forecourt area, and upgrading and reconnecting the lighting. White car park lines are also set to be painted this week.
Jenni Coleman, Community Safety Manager at Lichfield District Council, said: “We’re really pleased with the improvements, as they make such a difference to the shopping centre. It’s fantastic how everyone has come together on this project, and shows what can be done when working in partnership for one goal. As part of Lichfield District Safer Community Partnership and Burntwood Business Crew, we proud to be involved in this scheme and hope it will make the area safer and more pleasant for traders, shoppers and residents alike.”
Rob Fitzmaurice, of Midland Plumbing Supplies and Chairman of Ryecroft Traders Association, said: “I’m over the moon. This is going to make such a difference to all of our businesses. I didn’t quite believe we could get it sorted it, and I’m so grateful to the Burtnwood Business Crew who kick-started this process and brought everyone together in the first place. It just shows what working together can do for a local community.”
David Whitehouse, Chairman of the Burntwood Business Crew, said: “This is brilliant news for Ryecroft and for Burntwood. And it’s just the first of many projects the Burntwood Business Crew is involved in. From marketing the Burntwood area better, to new signage, we’re all passionate about boosting the local area. I’d encourage anyone out there who shares our passion to get involved.”
“On behalf of the traders, I’d like once again like to thank everyone for their support in making this happen. So many people have been involved, but I’d particularly like to thank all the councillors who’ve been involved, as well as officers at Lichfield District Council including Oliver, Lizzie, Maxine and Alison. I’d also like to thank Steve Lightfoot for helping us to draft the traders association agreement, and of course all my fellow Ryecroft traders, and particularly Dianne at D Beauty & Tanning Studio, who have put in so much time and effort to see this project get off the ground. I’d also like to thank Bal at Tara Wines for donating some delicious cava to help us celebrate today’s launch!” added Rob Fitzmaurice.

 

More Canal News – PRESS RELEASE: 40 tonnes of rubbish cleared from the Birmingham Canal Navigations!

More Canal News

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PRESS RELEASE: 40 tonnes of rubbish cleared from the Birmingham Canal Navigations!

Issue Date: 7th April 2014

Over 100 volunteers from Waterway Recovery Group (WRG), The Inland Waterways Association, Birmingham Canal Navigations Society, Dudley Canal Trust and Canal & River Trust (CRT) joined together to carry out a massive canal clean-up on the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) on 5th and 6th April.

Using grappling hooks and other tools volunteers removed over 40 tonnes from the canal around Ashted Flight, Typhoo Wharf and Camp Hill Locks – filling four skips in the process! Work boats, provided by CRT, were also on hand to take away rubbish. It is hoped this annual effort on the BCN will help keep the less well used parts of the BCN & Black Country Network from getting choked up with rubbish and becoming impassable for boats.

The usual assortment of shopping trolleys, bicycles and tyres were pulled out of the canal, along with some more unusual items including three goal posts, a safe and a Lancashire boiler shovel!

WRG Leader Chris Morgan said ‘I am very proud of all the volunteers who got involved and travelled from across the UK to help clean up the canals of Birmingham this weekend. Thanks to their enthusiasm and efforts we cleared a massive amount of rubbish from the canal. It was great to see WRG and other volunteers of all ages working together to clean-up the BCN.’

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Canal News – Great Nature Watch

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Great Nature Watch

Welcome to the Canal & River Trust’s Great Nature Watch. This year we’re asking you to take a trip to your local towpath and tell us all about the creatures you see there.

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This year we’re paying particular attention to damselflies and dragonflies as we think that the wet winter could have a lasting impact on them. Fluctuating river levels and fast currents are known to wash away dragonfly larva (or nymphs) and as larva live underwater for up to three years, our unprecedented floods may have a long-term effect on their populations.
Peter Birch, group environment manager for the Canal & River Trust, explains: “Dragonflies, and their sister damselflies, flourish in clean water which is rich in bankside vegetation, such as reeds. This makes them a fantastic indicator of the health of a canal or river.
Impact on invertabrates
“While this year’s floods have had an obvious impact on larger animals, birds and fish, we are also particularly concerned with the impact on invertabrates, which form the foundation stones of a healthy water environment. We would expect to see an increase in numbers of mosquitoes and midges which prefer stagnant and isolated water, but we may also see a drop in the numbers of dragonflies emerging this spring.
“By taking part in the Great Nature Watch, you can help us monitor numbers of dragonflies, damselflies, and in fact, all species living on our canals and rivers over the coming years.”
• Take the survey today

http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/great-nature-watch/survey

 

Railway Lines in the USA – Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

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Railway Lines in the USA

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

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The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad is a registered non-profit museum organization (501c3). We are an all volunteer organization that operates over the former Southern Pacific and Port of Tillamook Bay Railroads. We operated regularly scheduled trains between Gairbaldi and Rockaway Beach in the summer months and special event trains throughout the year over the rest of the line. Our line extends from the TIllamook Air Museum blimp hangar on the South side of Tillamook through Garibaldi, Rockaway Beach and Wheeler where the tracks turn to the East and head up into the coast range along the remote and breathtaking Nehalem and Salmonberry River canyons.
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Founded by Scott and Kim Wickert in 2003 the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad has grown from its humble beginnings dodging freight trains in Garibaldi on weekend runs to Rockaway Beach and Wheeler to the sole operator of 46 miles of the railroad between the Tillamook airport and a point 2 miles east of the railroad siding of Enright in the Oregon Coast Range. The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad offers excursions operating daily in the summer months and special excursions operating year round. Our schedules and special excursion pages have more details for how to catch a ride on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad.
While we have grown significantly though somethings haven’t changed, tickets are still bought onboard the train in the caboose that doubles as ticket office and gift shop. Gifts include shirts, hats, sweaters, toy trains, pins, and much more. While the freight trains are gone, the scenery is second to none.

Our depots in Garibaldi, Rockaway Beach and Wheeler are small covered shelters next to the tracks that were built by the Port of Tillamook Bay to support a basic tourist operation known as the Oregon Coast Explorer prior to the founding of the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. The depots are decorated by each of the communities and offer public restrooms nearby. Each depot and community has plenty of activities to offer between train departures.
The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad has also saved the original Pacific Railway and Navigation (later bought by the Southern Pacific) Depot in Tillamook from demolition and moved it to the Blue Heron French Cheese Company in Tillamook, Oregon where it will once again serve rail passengers for departures out of Tillamook in the future.
We have an extensive equipment roster that includes numerous historic steam and diesel locomotives along with a growing fleet of passenger cars, freight cars, and maintenance of way equipment. All of the equipment and track is operated and maintained by the all volunteer crew of the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contact us at info@oregoncoastscenic.org
We hope to see you on board soon.Restorationhttp://www.oregoncoastscenic.org