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Velocipedes!

On Wednesday 7th June and the morning of Thursday 8th June 2017 the Velocipede Group (http://www.velocipedes.co.uk) held a rally on the Eden Valley Railway.

 

Hereunder are some photographs from the event, quite small in size due to storage constraints on the server. Larger versions of these images can be seen by clicking on the image (most of the full size images are about 1900-2000 pixels wide and can be accessed via the external website), and more can be seen at https://madannie.smugmug.com/Trains/Velocipedes-at-Warcop/n-nZpDt5/

 

All photos (except the last one) by Caroline Mitchell.

 

All the velocipedes lined up at Warcop Station and looking small compared to the rolling stock behind. The Eden Valley Railway’s own velocipede, Fred, is at the front of the line.

Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

Is this Cumbria or Surrey? A CEP and a Thumper!

Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

Our intrepid photographer tramped off down the line to photograph the velocipedes as they passed through Wildboar Cutting. Whilst waiting she was watched by a pair of buzzards. Although they circled overhead and called out a lot they did not get too close, probably because she kept pointing a camera with a long lens at them!

Buzzard overhead, Wildboar Cutting,  Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

Fred, powered by his regular “driver” Bob, passing through the cutting

Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

A two seater with only one pedaller and “Morticia” entering the cutting

Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

Another two seater. This one caused problems later by failing (the chain kept coming off!) and having to be towed back to Warcop

Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

Five more velocipedes at the eastern end of Wildboar Cutting

Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

One last image from Wildboar Cutting

Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

For the rally we were allowed to travel about half a mile beyond the Eden Valley Railway’s current boundary, courtesy of Sustrans/Railway Paths Ltd. This took us to a point between Old Hall and Far Bank End farms, further progress being impossible due to a fence across the line. Fred is seen at the fence

Fred, Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

All the other velocipedes at the end of the line

Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

The Wickham turntable was taken and used to facilitate turning of the larger velocipedes, as seen in the next two images.

Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

On the Sandford straight the errant velocipede is being coupled to Morticia, the first velocipede chosen for the towing having been found to be unsuitable

Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

Arriving back at Warcop and passing the old station buildings

Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

The participants assembled in front of Warcop Signal Box.. The first shot is by our intrepid photographer Caroline Mitchell, the second by Steve Mitchell, allowing Caroline to get in shot.

Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

Velocipede Rally at the Eden Valley Railway, 7th June 2017

 

Steve Mitchell also took some video of the event. This is the film put together from that footage.