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29th December 2013 - Diesel Brake Tender Update

An update on Project X can be found here.

30th November 2013 - Update on TTO 23981

The appeal fund has now raised £24,600 towards the target of £35,000. Details about this project can be found here.

19th November 2013 - AGM Dining Train

For those members who have booked on the dining train after the AGM this coming Saturday there has been a slight change to the time of the train. Due to the train being FULLY BOOKED, the GCR have decided to run it as a separate train from the usual Saturday dining train.

We therefore leave Loughborough at 12:50, please arrive at the station at least 15 minutes before departure time (for those attending RVPís AGM in the morning this will be finished in time!)

Our train will be the one formed predominantly of the Cromwell Pullman set of coaches Ė please make sure you board the right train! The train is expected to be back in Loughborough around 15:30

5th November 2013 - Nev

Nev's funeral will be on Monday 18th November at 10:45.

It will be at Gilrose Crematorium, Groby Rd, Leicester, LE3 9QG

Following the funeral all are invited back to the railway (Rothley) where there will be a buffet in the Beavertail and/or buffet cars.

31st October 2013 - Nev Goodman

It is with sadness that I have to report the passing of Nev Goodman this morning. As you may know Nev had been ill for the past year, but he was determined to remain active and it does come as a shock.

Nev had been involved with RVP for over 10 years. Working in the Royal Mail during his working life, he knew Brian Green (former head postmaster in Lecester, and RVP Chairman for many years) well, and it was Brian who persuaded him to come to Rothley one day. In the way these things happen he not only became an RVP member, but joined the board, took over from Brian in running the Monday group and spent an immense amount of time working for us over the following years. As many of us know he was always determined to do his best for RVP and get us the recognition he felt we deserved. While his particular interest was the postal collection he nevertheless became extensively involved in the works on our other vehicles and maintained comprehensive records on the rebuilds of the Beavertail and buffet cars. His interest remained to the end; only last week he was collating information on the buffet car to complete the history of its rebuild. He last came to the railway as recently as the Autumn gala, and had attended board meetings until the summer.

The time and effort Nev put in over the years has added considerably to the position RVP finds itself in today; with more restored vehicles than any time in the past being seen and used by more visitors. He was a well respected member of the team and he leaves a gap which will be hard to fill.

Our sympathies to his family at this difficult time; details of the funeral will follow when known.

Darren Martin

22nd October 2013

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Site clearance at Swithland Sidings continues in preparation for the construction of the shed foundations. Clearance work has required a crane to come in to handle some of the larger items that need to be moved before work can start.

Work is clearing progressing now, but we still need to raise the remaining funds to build the shed, all donations welcomed.

14th October 2013 - Shed appeal update

We are very pleased to report that work has started on the site of the new shed at Swithland Sidings. Full details can be found here.

TTO 23981 has also been moved to Rothley for its major overhaul to start. Details about this project can be found here.

29th September 2013 - News from Rothley

Recent activity at Rothley has seen a lot of attention being made on repairs to vehicles that have already been restored.

LNER Buffet Car 24278 has seen its roof repainted and some re-varnishing of its teak bodywork following on from water ingress that has caused the original varnish start to fail. It is only two years since this vehicle entered traffic after an extensive overhaul.

LNER TPO Stowage Van 70268 has also been inside the shed for replacement of the panelling on the lower half of the bodysides, which will then include a full repaint of the vehicle. The roof has seen a new canvas installed and painted to ensure that the vehicle is once again water tight.

These vehicles and the recent work required to keep them in the best possible condition clearly demonstrates the need to have a shed in which to keep these vehicles from the elements, without the shed more time will be spent on keeping the restored vehicles in a good condition, taking time and resources away from the vehicles that have yet to be restored, which in turn will only mean they deteriorate even further.

In simple terms:

A shed means our historic vehicles, both restored and unrestored, are under cover and not deteriorating which in turn enables resources to be turned to restore those vehicles we have not been able to even contemplate so far.

No shed means our historic vehicles, both restored and unrestored, continue to deteriorate with an increasing workload to keep the restored vehicles operational and the unrestored vehicles left further down the queue with some possibly never being restored for all to enjoy.

More details about the shed appeal can be found here

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The roofs of LNER POT 70268 and LNER RB 24278 after receiving attention in Rothley works.

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LNER buffer car 24278 receiving attention to its varnished teak body following water damage.

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70268 is seen inside Rothley shed receiving attention to its bodywork and roof.

7th August 2013 - Update on TTO 23981

The appeal fund has now raised £22,600 towards the target of £35,000. Details about this project can be found here.

8th June 2013 - GCR bridge to the future

The day when you will be able to travel on a mainline railway from Nottingham to Leicester inside a set of Gresley teak coaches or on board the Beavertail saloon is getting closer to becoming a reality. The Great Central Railway has now announced plans to put back the missing bridge over the Midland mainline at Loughborough. Details can be found on the GCR website at http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify/

29th May 2013 - Shed appeal update

We are very pleased to report that we have now passed the half way mark in raising the money for the new shed at Swithland Sidings. Full details can be found here.

22nd March 2013 - Shed appeal launched

The appeal to raise the money for the new carriage shed at Swithland is now launched - Details here.

17th March 2013 - Update on TTO 23981

The appeal fund has now raised £14,100 towards the target of £35,000. Details about this project can be found here.

27th February 2013 - RVP eBay Site

RVP now has an eBay account in the 'eBay for charity' area of eBay, click on the link for details of items currently available.

25th February 2013 - Carriage shed news & LNER TPO update

RVP is very pleased to be able to report that the planning application for a carriage shed at Swithland has been granted, an appeal to raise the money for this will be launched in the very near future.

The following images clearly show why a shed is required for our historic collection. Once the shed is built the sheeting over of vehicles waiting attention should become a thing of the past as they will be under cover before and after restoration.

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Members of the "Monday Team" removing the tarpaulin from LNER TPO E70294E to allow it to enter Rothley works for attention to its bodywork.

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Nev Goodman and Geoff James examining the condition of the bodywork on LNER POS E70294E, inside Rothley shed. The condition of the bodywork can clearly be seen on the left hand side of the picture.

24th February 2013 - TPO Update

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POT 80401 has now left the paint shop at Rothley and is seen here at Quorn attached to the rest of the TPO set. This view sees 80401 on the left with 80301 attached to it along with the other five Mark 1 TPOs at the GCR. This now means that RVP have a rake of six Mark 1 TPOs in the 1959 Post Office red livery, with just 80307 to be overhauled.

© Ross Loades

23rd February 2013 - Outlook Magazine

The deadline for material to be included in the next edition of RVP's Outlook magazine has been set for the end of March. Please send material to (editor@rvp-ltd.org.uk) or by post to:

RVP Outlook Editor
6 Truesdale Gardens