NER Autocar - restoration progress

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Re: NER Autocar - restoration progress

Post by sawdust » Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:01 pm

Thank you for all you have done. Best wishes for the future.

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Re: NER Autocar - restoration progress

Post by jwealleans » Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:04 am

Yes, best wishes, Simon.

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Re: NER Autocar - restoration progress

Post by mick b » Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:39 am

Ditto , take care.

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Re: NER Autocar - restoration progress

Post by JASd17 » Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:41 am

Look after yourself Simon.

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Re: NER Autocar - restoration progress

Post by Autocar Publicity » Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:50 pm

Thanks for the various good wishes. No developments with me yet but delays to 'normal' health treatment are to be expected given the priority given to cornavirus right now. Judgement Day has been deferred... I managed to get out to NGN yesterday and have had various e-mails this week about visitor numbers and was struck by the contrasts. The roads are busy, probably because supermarkets are heaving, sometimes with people fighting in the aisles over goods. (FFS... :roll: ) The local trains are, if anything, even busier than usual (and I wish I could avoid using them, given the chronic overcrowding and poor hygiene standards of some passengers). Private venues are very quiet, I suspect with many people consciously deciding to stay away from public events as much as possible.

As things stand, the autocar is due to operate next weekend on the Mountsorrel branch of the GCR. https://www.facebook.com/Mountsorrel-An ... 876650405/ Given the current circumstances, it would be prudent to check before making special arrangements. (But not with me, I won't be in the decision making loop). Likewise, the Goods Galore Gala at the GCR the weekend after. If this running does go ahead, any pictures gratefully received.

Now wash your hands...

Stay safe everyone.

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Re: NER Autocar - restoration progress

Post by Autocar Publicity » Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:59 pm

Hello everyone. How three months change things! Lots of water under the bridge, both for us all and me in particular. I'm still a bit shaky but hopefully not about to keel over any more.

Unfortunately our UK tour is off, at least for this year. The matters of exhibition cancellations, heritage railway operation and society's restrictions have been discussed elsewhere and I've nothing worthwhile to share, so moving on ... since the last post I managed to get the newsletter out before lockdown started in earnest. Obviously this has restricted what we can do on the autocar and coach. It's not been a complete lack of hands on work but we've not done as much as we hoped we would have at the start of the year. Embsay is looking at re-opening but with the autocar down at Loughborough, even if we're able to transport it back, I suspect we'll miss at least some of our originally scheduled running. Right now, if you want a prediction, best to ask a gypsy fortune-teller. Though I will say we're intending to get another newsletter out for July. Bits are coming together and barring a relapse or crises, I'm quietly hopeful.

And I'm afraid that's about it. Apart from the usual comment about vacancies/volunteers being welcome...

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Re: NER Autocar - restoration progress

Post by Autocar Publicity » Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:30 pm

Can anyone help identify a picture's origin/copyright holder?

I have a picture sent in for the newsletter of the trailer coach (or a similar type) as was, intended as a comparison to what it looks like now. I'm told it's from the LNERCA carriage book but I don't know if they hold copyright or it's someone else (or even if it's out of copyright). I know some people are casual about these matters but I'm not one of them. I want to make sure we can include this in our newsletter without stepping on any toes or getting into trouble. So does anyone know this picture and if so, any ideas about who holds copyright (and who I have to ask nicely if we can use)?

(Edit: As per next post, picture deleted).
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Re: NER Autocar - restoration progress

Post by Autocar Publicity » Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:17 pm

Thankyou to the members who have been in touch privately about this. We've traced the picture to a NERA publication and I've just sent them an email. Fingers crossed.

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Re: NER Autocar - restoration progress

Post by Autocar Publicity » Wed Aug 05, 2020 2:53 pm

We were able to use the picture for the latest issue of the newsletter. (Our thanks to the North Eastern Railway Association, who held copyright). The hard copies were posted last Thursday, so I would hope everyone has now received theirs.

Current plans are to have our AGM on Saturday 7th November but obviously this is subject to the public health situation, both nationally and locally. We had originally planned to have a members day with free travel on the autocar, which would trip up and down the Embsay & Bolton Abbey line in between meetings and lunch. As you can imagine, we're keeping a close eye on the public health advice and given the uncertainty, have not yet made final decisions about what will/won't happen on the day. It's not unlikely that for this year at least, we'll have something more modest and have to ask intending members to pre-book and take PPE precautions. When things are clearer, we'll write out to members and let them know what we have planned.

The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway has reopened and is running trains within the new health guidelines.

There's not much else to say at the moment, we'll all continue to work as best we can in the circumstances.

Stay Safe.

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Re: NER Autocar - restoration progress

Post by Autocar Publicity » Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:22 pm

PS - newsletter email just in from Rails re decorated samples: https://railsofsheffield.com/news/artic ... c9-5758345

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Re: NER Autocar - restoration progress

Post by Autocar Publicity » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:29 pm

Previous posts have talked about a DVD and paperback guide (and how we'd like a fund-raiser). Well, the former is now on sale at Rails, who are producing the 1:76 scale model of the autocar. https://railsofsheffield.com/products/4 ... utocar-dvd

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