DVLR Key Hammer. Another DVLR Artifact has returned to the DVLR Society, reported to DVLRS membership by Jonathan D Stockwell, DVLR archivist, on 11 July 2017, as follows:  This time a DVLR rail key hammer courtesy of Mr Anthony Reading. (see attached image - the handle has the inscription DVLR) Interestingly Anthony is the grandson of Mr Sydney Reading, who was the DVLR General Manager from 1926 to his retirement in 1963. Mr Reading left a railway that was very different from the one he had inherited. In addition he saw the railway through the difficult War years and his love for the line was also clear in the history that he wrote of the railway - "Derwent Valley Railway" first published by The Oakwood Press in 1967. The above publication was the inspiration for a more comprehensive history - "Rails Along the Derwent" published in 2013. In addition to the key hammer some very interesting paper work relating to the Oakwood Press publication, sadly some of which was not published at the time, was also left with the Society. The key hammer makes another interesting addition to the Archives, along with the DVLR Branding Iron which was kindly secured at Auction by Tony and Glynnis Frith. The Branding Iron is at present in the ownership of myself. Jonathan D Stockwell DVLR Society Archivist
Mr Anthony Reading with the key hammer
They won! And Glynnis and Tony were able to bring this valuable piece of DVLR history proudly back to its rightful home (currently in care of DVLR archivist) where it will be treasured. In the pictures, by Glynnis, is Tony holding the prize.
Joanna Williamson got in touch by Facebook after her husband, Nicholas received a note written on this paper, to him as secretary of his allotment committee, from a committee member. It is thought there is a good number of documents left on the pad and that the holder will be willing to submit the pad to the DVLR archivist. Clearly, Kerosene Supplies (York) Ltd. was a business with an office at DVLR goods yard. When many people used paraffin (kerosene) burning heaters for heating or back-up heating or for their greenhouses, this  was an important hydrocarbon fuel. Aladdin was once a well known brand, selling “Aladdin Pink” paraffin. Rental income from the letting out of properties to businesses like this was a welcome part of DVLR’s income stream .
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DVLR Platelayers’ Trolley Thanks go to Mr. D B Slater, of York, who donated an original  DVLR platelayers’ trolley to DVLR Society and to Nick Beilby who helped secure the transaction. Time had seen the wooden frame decay and die but the metal parts were there so restoration could be undertaken; a task which has been completed by Allan Briggs. Allan said on Facebook. “It was mid December 2016 during the Santa Specials that Dave Wilde, long time member and former Chairman of the Derwent Valley Light Railway Society (DVLRS), approached me to ask if I would take on the restoration of an  original Derwent Valley Light Railway (DVLR) pump cart or platelayers trolley. The photo shows all that was left of the original wood!” Because the trolley is  propelled manually by pump action, it’s one of the sorts of devices which have so often lent themselves to contriving humorous farces in films. There’s something compelling and fascinating about them, which gives them universal appeal. This one is already causing keen interest among enthusiasts and we can look forward to it’s  being a crowd puller among the general public too, at DVLR. Unveiling takes place at Murton Park Station. during the heritage DVLR’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, on Sunday 27th August at 13.00 hours. Don’t miss this unique opportunity. The pictures by Allan Briggs have been shared from DVLR’s Facebook.
May 2017: Note this amazing turn-up for the books.
Derwent Valley Light Railway ℅ Yorkshire Museum of Farming Murton Lane, Murton, York, YO19 5UF
Derwent Valley Light Railway Society  is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Registered number 116162
Recent additions to DVLR's historic items A track gauge measure. A track gauge measure over 100 years old, was presented by John Meredith to Jonathan Stockwell, DVLR archivist . A DVLR Branding Iron. DVLR branding iron for adding the DVLR brand to wooden cases. Finding the branding iron, with DVLR brand, must have been a "can't believe our own eyes," Eureka moment, for Glynnis and Tony Frith at an auction site in Newark. Since, a DVLR key hammer is now with DVLR Society with grateful thanks to Mr. Anthony Reading. Glynnis recounts: "Tony & I went to a railwayana auction at Thirsk on 18th March. While we were there we were told of another auction the following week at Newark showground. I decided to have a look what was up for sale. When I was looking through the lots I came across something exciting, an artefact from the DVLR, a branding iron which we believe was to brand things like packing cases with the DVLR name, date unknown. I contacted the trustees & Jonathan, the railways archivist, to ask if they wished Tony & I to bid for the branding iron on behalf of the DVLR, it was decided to have go to bring this back to Murton. On 25th March Tony & I drove to Newark hoping to succeed in buying the branding iron. Our lot number was 53. We were a little worried because most lots before ours were selling for lots of money so we thought we would not have the money to buy it. Lot 53 came up. The opening bid started at £40.00. Tony held up his bidders number. We had another person bidding for it. Tony kept his hand up but the price kept going ever higher; it was a very tense time as the price went up. Then, the other bidder dropped out. Lo & behold, we won the lot on our maximum we were going to pay; it was a lovely feeling as Tony whispered, "we won."  I texted Jonathan straight away to let him know the outcome. He was pleased."
Restoring ambience with "bygones." The work of restoring and maintaining the station, its buildings, track, signal box, yard, coaches and locomotives is crucial and while the work is being done by volunteers, materials are costly. To help DVLR meet these costs, most donations are, as one would expect, pecuniuary. However, there is another way in which you may be able to help the DVLR, that is with "bygones". DVLR has many items which are used to restore the period feel of bygone times with the railway and its passengers interacting, as they go about their business as a live railway. Just for example, the station has vintage milk churns and some of those old hard cases which were used in ""pre-war" days. They help to bring back the ambience of a station of bygone times with a feeling of impending movement. One is stimulated to ponder, "At any moment will some gent in a long tweed jacket and plus fours, accompanied by his lady in 1915 war time crinoline, come back to collect his portmanteau, or will some strong young fellow come to load the churns onto a train?" By definition, a museum is a place to muse. DVLR wants visitors, if they wish, to be able to experience the feeling that they are living with the past's heritage, today. Heritage railway lines have, after all, been the oustanding pioneers in the living history movement.
In the mood: Seen on the platform at Murton Park Station: 2 trolleys, 2  portmanteaux, 2 fire buckets, 3 milk churns, a seat and a notice board.
Have you anything?  Have you any disused item(s) in the attic/shed etc.which are suitable to embellish the railway or the station, any vintage or suitably "period" item(s) which you are prepared to donate?  If so, DVLR would be grateful to hear from you. There is a contact link lower down this webpage.
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Derwent Valley Light Railway
Derwent Valley Light Railway ℅ Yorkshire Museum of Farming Murton Lane, Murton, York,YO19 5UF
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In the mood: Seen on the platform at Murton Park Station: 2 trolleys, 2  portmanteaux, 2 fire buckets, 3 milk churns, a seat and a notice board.
Restoring ambience with "bygones."  The work of restoring and maintaining the station, its buildings, track, signal box, yard, coaches and locomotives is crucial and while the work is being done by volunteers, materials are costly. To help DVLR meet these costs, most donations are, as one would expect, pecuniuary. However, there is another way in which you may be able to help the DVLR, that is with "bygones". DVLR has many items which are used to restore the period feel of bygone times with the railway and its passengers interacting, as they go about their business as a live railway. Just for example, the station has vintage milk churns and some of those old hard cases which were used in ""pre-war" days. They help to bring back the ambience of a station of bygone times with a feeling of impending movement. One is stimulated to ponder, "At any moment will some gent in a long tweed jacket and plus fours, accompanied by his lady in 1915 war time crinoline, come back to collect his portmanteau, or will some strong young fellow come to load the churns onto a train?" By definition, a museum is a place to muse. DVLR wants visitors, if they wish, to be able to experience the feeling that they are living with the past's heritage, today. Heritage railway lines have, after all, been the oustanding pioneers in the living history movement. Have you anything?  Have you any disused item(s) in the attic/shed etc.which are suitable to embellish the railway or the station, any vintage or suitably "period" item(s) which you are prepared to donate?  If so, DVLR would be grateful to hear from you. There is a contact link below. Recent additions to DVLR's historic items A track gauge measure. A track gauge measure over 100 years old, was presented by John Meredith to Jonathan Stockwell, DVLR archivist .  A DVLR Branding Iron. A DVLR branding iron for adding the DVLR brand to wooden cases. Finding the branding iron, with DVLR brand, must have been a "can't believe our own eyes," Eureka moment, for Glynnis and Tony Frith at an auction site in Newark. Glynnis recounts: "Tony & I went to a railwayana auction at Thirsk on 18th March. While we were there we were told of another auction the following week at Newark showground. I decided to have a look what was up for sale. When I was looking through the lots I came across something exciting, an artefact from the DVLR, a branding iron which we believe was to brand things like packing cases with the DVLR name, date unknown. I contacted the trustees & Jonathan, the railways archivist, to ask if they wished Tony & I to bid for the branding iron on behalf of the DVLR, it was decided to have go to bring this back to Murton. On 25th March Tony & I drove to Newark hoping to succeed in buying the branding iron. Our lot number was 53. We were a little worried because most lots before ours were selling for lots of money so we thought we would not have the money to buy it. Lot 53 came up. The opening bid started at £40.00. Tony held up his bidders number. We had another person bidding for it. Tony kept his hand up but the price kept going ever higher; it was a very tense time as the price went up. Then, the other bidder dropped out. Lo & behold, we won the lot on our maximum we were going to pay; it was a lovely feeling as Tony whispered, "we won."  I texted Jonathan straight away to let him know the outcome. He was pleased." They won! And Glynnis and Tony were able to bring this valuable piece of DVLR history proudly back to its rightful home, where it will be treasured. In the pictures, by Glynnis, is Tony holding the prize.
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DVLR Key Hammer. Another DVLR Artifact has returned to the DVLR Society, reported to DVLRS membership by Jonathan D Stockwell, DVLR archivist on 11July 2017, as follows:  This time a DVLR rail key hammer courtesy of Mr Anthony Reading. (see attached image - the handle has the inscription DVLR) Interestingly Anthony is the grandson of Mr Sydney Reading, who was the DVLR General Manager from 1926 to his retirement in 1963. Mr Reading left a railway that was very different from the one he had inherited. In addition he saw the railway through the difficult War years and his love for the line was also clear in the history that he wrote of the railway - "Derwent Valley Railway" first published by The Oakwood Press in 1967. The above publication was the inspiration for a more comprehensive history - "Rails Along the Derwent" published in 2013. In addition to the key hammer some very interesting paper work relating to the Oakwood Press publication, sadly some of which was not published at the time, was also left with the Society. The key hammer makes another interesting addition to the Archives, along with the DVLR Branding Iron which was kindly secured at Auction by Tony and Glynnis Frith. The Branding Iron is at present in the ownership of myself. May 2017:Note this amazing turn- up for the books. Joanna Williamson got in touch by Facebook after her husband, Nicholas received a note written on this paper, to him as secretary of his allotment committee, from a committee member. It is thought there is a good number of documents left on the pad and that the holder will be willing to submit the pad to the DVLR archivist. Clearly, Kerosene Supplies (York) Ltd. was a business with an office at DVLR goods yard. When many people used paraffin (kerosene) burning heaters for heating or back-up heating or for their greenhouses, this  was an important hydrocarbon fuel. Aladdin was once a well known brand, selling “Aladdin Pink” paraffin. Rental income from the letting out of land and properties to businesses like this was a welcome part of DVLR’s income stream . DVLR Platelayers’ Trolley Thanks go to Mr. D B Slater, of York,  who donated an original DVLR platelayers’ trolley to DVLR Society and to Nick Beilby who helped secure the transaction. Time had seen the wooden frame decay and die but the metal parts were there so restoration could be undertaken; a task which has been completed by Allan Briggs. Allan said on Facebook. “It was mid December 2016 during the Santa Specials that Dave Wilde, long time member and former Chairman of the Derwent Valley Light Railway Society (DVLRS), approached me to ask if I would take on the restoration of an original Derwent Valley Light Railway (DVLR) pump cart or platelayers trolley. The photo shows all that was left of the original wood!” Because the trolley is  propelled manually by pump action, it’s one of the sorts of devices which have so often lent themselves to contriving humorous farces in films. There’s something compelling and fascinating about them, which gives them universal appeal. This one is already causing keen interest among enthusiasts and we can look forward to it’s  being a crowd puller among the general public too, at DVLR. Unveiling takes place at Murton Park Station. during the heritage DVLR’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, on Sunday 27th August at 13.00 hours. Don’t miss this unique opportunity. The pictures by Allan Briggs have been shared from DVLR’s Facebook.