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A Replica Armoured Train Gun-wagon

13th March 2019 – contracts signed for building the new wagon. PLEASE support this venture and donate through the Special Projects Fund.

Simon Foulkes, Chair of the RHDRA and Gavin Barlow, MD of Armoured Engineering, sign the contractSimon Foulkes, Chair of the RHDRA and Gavin Barlow, MD of Armoured Engineering, sign the contract today. Note the tank in the background!

The RHDRA has decided to fund the building of a true replica of one of the two wagons, on an original Ravenglass Hopper frame.

We will use the expertise of Armoured Engineering of Old Romney, who restore tanks and military vehicles to museum specifications for e.g. the Bovington Tank Museum.

The project will provide not only as near a replica as possible, but also archive engineering drawings and specifications for future reference.

The armoured train during WWII

This goes way beyond the former wooden look-alike mock up to a serious scheme to conserve the railway’s heritage.

The cost is expected to be in the region of £18,000 and to last the railway well past the 100th anniversary.

A look-alike mock-up of the loco cladding will also be commissioned so that the train can be run for special events and publicity purposes. See more details here.

RHDRA support exhibition at Warley

Ably overseen by Peter Casartelli, former General Secretary of the RHDRA, Samson and Northern Chief took pride of place, with the Royal Coach alongside. See photos and information via Facebook here. A full report will appear in the next Marshlander.

RHDRA seeks people to volunteer for key roles

Full details of these can be seen here.

Black Prince and more

The AGM announced plans to begin major spending on railway initiatives including Black Prince’s overhaul, service provision for a new coach works, a new more robust and accurate replica for the armoured train, and defibrillators on stations.

Members who wish to support these ventures can donate through the Special Projects Fund.

Meanwhile, the website Phase I launched in February 2018.

Phase II of the website upgrade will bring membership online later in 2018, with member access from February 2019.

Remembering Sir William McAlpine

Plates fixed to The Bug in memory of Sir William McAlpineThe RHDRA commemorated Sir William McAlpine with special cast plates fixed to ‘The Bug’ at an unveiling at the End of Season events 27th October 2018.

The Bug in October 2018