Akebar Embankment Appeal 2014

The appeal is still open! To donate to the appeal please go to the Charity Choice Website.

Update – 3rd May 2014

So far so good. The site has not shown any sign of movement since the last update and the first intensive timetable of the year for the Dales Festival of Food and Drink was operated without any issues.

The next phase is currently on hold until we can raise more money. This will allow the remainder of the site to be drained to hopefully reduce the chance of any further occurrences at Akebar and to complete works.

Update – 15 April 2014

D8110 at Akebar

D8110 with a three coach test train sits on top of the landslip site at Akebar

Fingers crossed! Phase 1 has been completed and the line has been re-opened to traffic with a 5mph speed restriction over the site of the landslip. A big thank you to all of you who have donated to make this possible!

D8110 was in charge of a test train which went up the line on the 13th April to check the line west of the slip. This was the first train to travel onwards to Leyburn and Redmire since October 2013. Other than having to stop to clear a few flange ways at level crossings the line has survived remarkably well, thanks to the Track Patrollers who have continued to walk their sections even when the line was not open.

A big thank you also goes to Akebar Park who have allowed us access over their Golf Complex to reach the site. For information please go to Akebar Park website.

Update – 3 April 2014

A slow week at Akebar, this week. 47 715 failed on Sunday during the Mother’s Day Express with a hole in a coolant header tank. This has meant we have had difficulty taking stone to site, so it has been a week of tidying up. We have now had 47 715 repaired and hopefully should take the last load of stone to complete phase 1 of the project to enable us to run over the slip site at slow speed. Once phase 1 has completed we need to build up the appeal money again to allow us to progress to phase 2, which will be to stabilise the embankment and improve the drainage to prevent re-occurrence.

 Update  – 15 March 2014

Thanks to the response from the news article on BBC Look North and BBC Radio Tees, we have been able progress works on the embankment to such a point that we will open to the line back to Leyburn and Redmire on April 15th 2014. This does not mean that work has been completed, there is a long way yet to go to hopefully ensure that this doesn’t happen again at this site.

Works have been progressing well, thanks to the small team up on the site. Work carried out to date has been to install a drain at the bottom of the embankment, build a haul road and provide a key for a berm. Then a berm has been constructed at the foot of the embankment approximately 3 metres high to help stabilise the slip site.

The next job is to install drains at the top of the embankment and rebuild the slope side. This will take place over the next fortnight.

Up to now, 1080 tonnes of stone has been used, with more yet required!

Sponsor a Tonne of Stone – And Get the Trains Running Again!

Landslip at Akebar

We have a problem! One of the major earthworks on the Wensleydale Railway has suffered a serious landslip. Many hundreds  of tonnes of stone will be needed to repair the problem and until it is fixed the trains cannot run to Leyburn and Redmire.

The cost of this work will approach £100,000 and £10 will buy a tonne of stone and get us closer to completing the job. Can you help?

Donate at the Charity Choice website