The Train from Spain Appeal

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  • Whillan Beck to go to Kingmoor

    This Saturday, 22nd July, the train from Spain will be visiting the DRS open day at their Kingmoor depot. It will be sat on a trailer behind Traction engine, Providence. In the afternoon it will then start on an exciting journey back to Ravenglass, along the A595 and A596 stopping in Workington overnight before continuing on to Ravenglass the next day. Don’t miss your chance to see this spectacle and the progress on the Engine and its tender. Though not complete yet, we are very close, and getting closer to the Oktoberfest event that will see it launched and see it run with 2 of its sister engines visiting from Germany and Austria!

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  • New Tender for Whillan Beck

    The Tender that came from Mataro with the Train from spain, to be named Whillan Beck, was sadly not fit for use on the R&ER, not only did it not hold water but the driving position was high up, leaving the driver looking over the cab and inhaling all the fumes. To bring it into line with the other Ratty locomotives it was decided to build a new tender which could incorporate items such as a belt driven compressor, air brakes, a hand brake and lockers for the radio, tools and for the drivers belongings. This will hopefully be completed over the next few months but this requires a lot of new parts to be bought or made. If you would like to see the list of components that are required please visit the tender component sponsorship page.

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  • Name and Livery decision

    AND THE WINNER IS… The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society membership has voted on its preference for the new name and livery to be carried by its new locomotive – the Train From Spain. We can officially announce that the winning colour scheme is that resembling the blue of the former Caledonian Railway. This choice will give the Train From Spain an immediately unique identity, as none of the other engines in the railway’s main fleet carries a blue scheme. The membership voted to name the engine Whillan Beck, after the watercourse which passes under the railway line at the Dalegarth terminus in Eskdale. This name complements the ‘river’ theme in the names of three of the R&ER’s other steam locos – River Irt, River Esk and River Mite.   A breakdown of the votes will be published shortly

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  • Workington Model Show

    The Workington model railway show is on again this November – 19th/20th. Members of the Train from Spain team will be going to show off the railway and pass on more information about the train from Spain. If you’d like to find out more information why not come and see us or if you’d like to get involved and help with the exhibition please contact Peter Mills on volunteer@rerps.co.uk For more information about the show check out their website. http://www.solrail.co.uk/exhibition.html  

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  • 8457 History by Tom Whitbread

    Krauss No. 8457 – The ‘Train from Spain’ Maertens ‘Liliputloks’ A History By Tom Whitbread In 1925 Krauss of Munich, an Austro-German engineering company specialising in railway locomotives, produced the first of it’s class ‘K3/6’ engines.   These 15” gauge, 1/3rd scale 4-6-2 pacific locomotives were intended to operate on the miniature railways commonly found at the large, open air exhibitions then popular throughout Europe.  Ultimately, they were to become one of the most numerous classes of 15” gauge locomotive, with fifteen examples constructed between 1925 and 1950, as well as three similar locos constructed in 1937 by Krupp of Essen.  Indeed, among German enthusiasts they are known as ‘Maertens’sche Einheitsliliputlokomotive’ – ‘Maerten’s Standard Miniature Engines’ which reflects the ‘Einheitslokomotive’ – standard engines – built by the German State Railways between the first and second world wars. PHOTO:  Roland Maertens aboard one of his ‘K3’6’ class Pacifics. They were designed by Roland Maertens, Chief Engineer of Krauss’ Light Railways Division, and a close friend and confidant of Henry Greenly, designer of the R&ER’s ‘River Esk’ as well as the fine pacifics built for the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, in Kent.  These latter engines were based closely in their styling upon

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  • Want to get involved?

    The train from Spain fundraising group is looking for more volunteers to help promote the new locomotive,   run events or even just talk to people about the train from Spain. Numerous exciting events are planned for the next year and we would like some people to help us organise these events and help run them when they are happening. If you are interested in getting involved in any way please contact us at moderator@trainfromspain.org

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  • Auction 9 July 2016

    Auction of Ratty Memorabilia in aid of the Train from Spain appeal being held after the R&ERPS AGM on the night of Saturday 9th July at Dalegarth station. For those unable to attend, postal bids will be accepted – details in Album comments. More lots to be added before event. Postal bids For those unable to attend the AGM social evening, postal bids are invited for all lots. Postal bids should state your maximum bid, the lot number and description of item for which the bid applies, your name, address and contact telephone number. Bids should be posted to TfS Auction, 17 Woodlands, Great Corby, Carlisle, CA4 8LX to arrive no later than Wednesday 6th July 2016. Bids will be included on the night during the relevant lot number and will win if no higher bid is received in the room. Winners will contacted on Sunday 10th July 2016 and must arrange collection of items from Ravenglass on a mutually convenient date when payment must also be made. AUCTION LOTS Click to enlarge images.

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  • Naming competition – online form

    Would you like to help to decide an instrumental part of the locomotive’s future? The questions everyone is asking are “What will it be called?” and “What colour will it be?” – and we want your help to choose! For a small £4 donation you are invited to suggest a name and colour scheme for the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society’s latest addition, 4-6-2 steam locomotive No.8457 (the Train From Spain!). Will its name be a local choice, or something reflecting its German build or its career in Spain? We have launched our online form here: http://trainfromspain.org/name-the-train-from-spain/

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  • Name the Train From Spain!

    http://trainfromspain.org/name-and-livery/ Follow this link to the page on our website where you can suggest a name for the Train From Spain! We are actively encouraging the public to send ideas for a name and a livery for the Train From Spain for when it is running on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. So get your imagination running wild and make your contribution today! Your idea for a new name or colour scheme could be the one given to No.8457 in time for its commissioning on the railway… Terms and conditions are set out on the downloadable forms. Go on, take a look, and support the Train From Spain!

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  • Volunteering for the Train From Spain.

    Train From Spain Appeal thanks those volunteers giving time to promote this magnificent project over this Easter weekend. If you’re visiting the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, be sure to look out for us… and the chassis and tender! We are inviting anyone with an interest to join our fundraising team and help out with future activities and events. Could one of the following interest you? – PROMOTIONAL DISPLAYS We are looking to create ‘pop ups’ for event stalls, put up a small pictorial display at Ravenglass station for this 2016 season, and create a more impressive exhibition for Dalegarth in 2017. Do you write, design or print? – LEAFLET DISTRIBUTION We have a good stock of appeal leaflets which we would like to spread far and wide to attract support to our cause. Have you an outlet which could help? Or do you know somewhere, and could you take some leaflets for us? – EVENT ASSISTANTS Our events planner is putting together a programme for the year, which could include the Whitehaven Festival and model railway shows. Would you like to help at the stand, promoting our special project to the general public? – STOCKING THE EBAY SHOP One of

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