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Stuart Graves, a good friend of HST, has donated the rights to the first Gala he digitally filmed at Rowsley of one of our past Galas (2005?), anyway, its all here for you to see in glorious "Technocolour". Our first venture down Peak Rail's mainline, with Gala specials. This is a unique blast from the past, as due to various reasons, we now operate Galas on or tracks at Rowsley, and don't utilise the PR line. Filming also includes unique footage of our locos also operating around our shed complex. All we ask is that you consider making a donation of your choice, using the Pay Pal option below if you have enjoyed this film or any other items featured on our website. This money of course will be 100% used to bridge the funding gap, caused by the Corona Virus "Lockdown".
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Sunday 10th of May. Hi Everybody, I'm writing this after Boris Johnson has just told us, this evening, that we can use our road vehicles to go out from Wednesday onwards, as long as we social distance, so Yipee! Rowsley here I come!! Lets get stuck into the restoration work again! but enough of the celebrations. The video above has just been loaded onto our website, courtesy again of Stuart Graves, who has done such a marvellous job of documenting by filming our ventures onto Peak Rail metals in the past as part of our Galas. This was the second such one on the weekend of 23-24th of October 2010. Watching it myself now I am amazed how much traction we threw into these galas!! running the full length of the line down to Matlock some three and a half miles.Im also amazed to see at least three of my locos running on the mainline with no evidence of me being in any of the cabs!! ,but hey ho when you have toys as big as these, its only right to share them! Andy Briddon's unique Rolls Royce engined 14 can be also seen working, something that we hope may be emulated in the future some time, as it would be a good result for the customers on Gala days being able to visit Pete and Andrews facilities at Darley Dale and also Hst's on the same day. Ideally linked by a shuttle service, but that's all possibly in the future. If you have enjoyed these videos please consider making a donation to the Heritage Shunters Trust by using the paypal tab above,this also helps to ensure we have a future, thank you and lets all hope that we continue to make progress with containing and reducing the "R" factor. You will also maybe notice, watching this that at the time, trains were terminating at Riverside Halt .Since then Peak Rail has made massive strides by connecting into the main Railway system and using one of the platforms at the main Matlock railway station to start and end their train services .So wearing my peak rail hat, I am proud to say we join the select few heritage railways in the Country ,who have a direct connection onto the main system,so well done and thankyou to all who achieved this amazing feat.
A blast from the past,the entrance to our old site at Meadowhall on the left ,and on the right middle distance is the old Yorkshire Engine Co ,premises,still in use today as a tube maufacturing company
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