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2nd November 2018 - LNER 2704 (4149) - Ambulance Coach

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LNER Ambulance coach 2704 at Rothley on Saturday 27th October being prepared for use at the Armistice weekend.

A page has been added for this vehicle giving some of its history.

© Brian Hallett



28th October 2018 - RVP AGM

A new date and venue for the AGM has been set. This will now take place on 19th January 2019 at the Wheatsheaf Inn, Thurcaston.


26th October 2018 - LNER 2704 (4149) - Ambulance Coach

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The ambulance coach has progressed in recent times, as can be seen in this picture from Matt Baker after he had completed the sign writing. Note that the carriage number is now 2704, as carried during its wartime service.

© Matt Baker



19th August 2018

RVO68 is now at the printers and will be posted shortly, front cover image by William Pizer.



19th August 2018 - LNER 4149 - Ambulance Coach

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LNER BGP 4149 inside of Rothley shed on 18th August 2018 having just had a new canvas fitted to the roof. This vehicle was formally an ambulance coach used during World War 2.

© Brian Hallett



5th June 2018 - New membership form

Our new membership form is now available to download here.


6th May 2018 - Update

Yesterday was so busy that I did not get chance to take any photographs to share, which is a great shame due to the amount of work that was undertaken buy a team of nine people.

The LNER Pigeon Van, 4050 had its roof repainted.

The LNER Post Office Sorter, E70294E, had some attention to one of its door that would no longer open. This was initially thought to be due to swelling of the door and the framework around it, but investigations found that the guide under the door that guides the door along the floor runner had come adrift from the door. So, the door was removed followed by the guide, which was then cleaned up along with repairs to the bottom of the door before the two were screwed back together and the door replaced. The vehicle was also given a fitness to run inspection ahead of the ‘Goods Galore’ gala, where the coach will be on display at Leicester.

The LNER Beavertail, 1719, was assessed for roof repairs, where a split in the canvas had developed, thankfully this can be repaired.

The LNER CCT, 96202, was given a check over to ensure it is fit for next weekends ‘Goods Galore’ gala.

The BR TPO set also had some repairs to the roof on 80301 (the apparatus coach) around the water tank area.

Most importantly, we did managed to include a few breaks to drink some tea.


22nd April 2018 - TPO 80301

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As can be seen in this image a start has been made on reassembling the toilet area of TPO 80301. This is one giant gigsaw puzzle, but a good start has been made by the TPO team.

© Brian Hallett



2nd April 2018 - Beavertail 1719

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Former LNER Beavertail, 1719, inside the shed at Rothley on Firday 30th March. The vehicle has been raised on the jacks to allow its bogies to be released to have their springs replaced.

© Phil Stanbridge



30th March 2018 - Beavertail 1719

Beavertail 1719, has been lifted at Rothley today and has had the springs in its bogies replaced, the first step in its return to traffic.


26th March 2018 - Diesel Brake Tender - B964122

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Tim Hobman from the Nene Valley Railway Wagon Group has very kindly produced the wagon plates for use on the 'Diesel Brake Tender'. These were collected from Wansford today and will soon adorn the vehicle.

© Brian Hallett



20th January 2018 - GCR Winter Gala

The TPO set will be in operation at the GCR's Winter Gala this coming weekend. Operating times are: Saturday 27th at approx. 11:50 and 15:50, Sunday 28th at 11:50 and 15:50.