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 1161623
Derwent Valley Light Railway
Upcoming events at Murton Park: Sunday 24th September. Relaunch of Ken Cooke, Rowntree’s No.3. The owners of Rowntree’s No.3, Glynnis and Tony Frith, have repainted the loco and had the writing renewed. On Sunday 24th Rowntree No.3, Ken Cooke, resplendent after its makeover will be having a relaunch. This will be at about 1pm. There is a picture of the loco, on Facebook, which has been repeated here. A larger image is a little further down this page.  Present will be: Ken Cooke. Légion d'honneur, after whom the locomotive was named will be present. The other Légion d'honneur decorated York Normandy Veterans. Ex Rowntree’s workers too. You too? This is a great opportunity, not only to see Rowntree’s No.3 relaunched, but also to see our honoured guests. Santa Specials Santa Specials start on Saturday 2nd. December.       All dates >> Public Notice: Advance Notice of Special Event Days to be held next year, i.e. in 2018. Planning Easter 2018 in York? Here is something for your advance diary. Easter will mark the 25th Anniversary of the first public running of a passenger train on heritage DVLR in 1993. This will be celebrated during special running days at DVLR over Easter 2018.   And - What's been happening:  Andrew Barclay No.8 seen leaving for  Scunthorpe. The exceptional load on the large trailer is the Andrew Barclay No.8. The 20th September 2017 was a sad day for the DVLR as the steam engine Andrew Barclay NCB No.8 left the DVLR to start a new chapter in preservation. The owners have found a new home for their locomotive at Appleby & Frodingham, Scunthorpe, where the rest of the restoration will take place in the warmth of an engine shed. Once completed, she will run charter brake van rides around the steelworks.  We wish them all the best in their new home. Rowntree’s No.3, Ken Cooke, repainting finished and lettering completed. Glynnis Frith reported on 8 Sept. 2017: Here is the all but finished Rowntree No3 Ken Cooke, only two coats of varnish needed once the rain stops. Our sign writer Mark from Acomb Signs has made a fantastic job & made it look so easy. In the picture, The very happy Tony & Glynnis Frith, the proud owners, giving the thumbs up. Latest: Relaunch Sunday 24th. Sept. More higher up the page DVLR’s Quarter Centenary Celebrations. Octavius Atkinson. On the second day  (Monday 28th August) of the two days of Special Events celebrating  DVLR’s Quarter Centenary, this DS88,  went back into service on Derwent Valley Light Railway. This DS88, has rejoined the  operational fleet of the DVLR after being out of commission for some time. One of the original locomotives in the early days at Murton, it had been previously housed at Starbeck. Thanks to splendid engineering work by DVLR engineers, the locomotive was once again running, and running proudly, at the second day of the Heritage DVLR’s Quarter Centenary Celebrations. The newly applied  livery is identical to that of 25 years ago. The locomotive was previously named Octavius Atkinson before leaving Starbeck. This was in recognition of the kindness of landlords at Starbeck in allowing the construction of sidings to restore locos and rolling stock. The original name and nameplate were re-applied in a naming ceremony at 1 pm. The above slideshow runs six images taken by Christine Bailey, before, during and after the unveiling of the nameplate. Trevor Humbey is seen in the slideshow, having the honour of doing the unveiling (2-3). Eventually, the loco is seen hauling a train (4) and later, sporting the DVLR’s 25th Anniversary plaque (5). at its front. Heritage DVLR’s 25th Anniversary, the first of two days of Special Events, Sunday 27th.  August. Following wet and cold weather in the many of the days before, one might say that for a Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 27th. broke the mould and was comfortably warm and conducive to the full enjoyment of the events here.  There was a lot on show to entertain the crowds across Murton Park. The DVLR was delighted to unveil a DVLR gangers’ pump trolley on Sunday 27th. August. Thanks go to Mr. D B Slater, of York, who donated the remains of 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 (since reappointed 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!” As stated, the pump trolley was unveiled at 13.00 hours on Sunday 27th, August. The trolley is  propelled manually by pump action, one of the sorts of devices which have so often lent themselves to contriving humorous farces in films like St. Trinnian’s, and even some back to the silents’ days. On YouTube, Buster Keyton can be found using one. There’s something compelling and fascinating about them. This one had already been causing keen interest among enthusiasts and on the day, it fascinated the general public too. Apparently, until about 6 years ago, it had lain unloved in a hedge/ditch.  Mr. Slater realised its value to DVLR s and three years ago, donated the remains from which the restoration could be made. Allan had  said he could resore it and he did and here it was being unveiled. As the cover came off, it was instantly clear what a tremendously professional  job Allan had made. Allan, who was formerly a chef has turned his hand to renovation and replication since his retirement. His skill must be innate. The replica platform ticket machine at DVLR station is another superb creation by Allan. What next? Allan has plans on making a new Georgian window to replace the decaying one on the west side of the signal box. Before the unveiling of the trolley, Jonathan Stockwell, the DVLR Archivist, introduced our Special Guests of the day, Arthur Richmond accompanied by his son, together with Ken Nelson and his mother, Lavinia. Further down this page Arthur, Lavinia and Ken are pictured with the trolley after the unveiling. In the barrow. Three years ago, all the wood was rotten, and some of the metal rods were bent beyond recovery. That debris is in the barrow. In the video. Dave Wilde assists Allan to do the unveiling. (The colour of the trolley appeared to surprise some as the bright red and black colours are so different from any other colours in DVLR’s liveries. Allan explained that there are pictures, one of each of two trolleys which DVLR had. One is a colour picture. Yes, there in the picture is a red DVLR trolley. It is not known whether the restored trolley is the same one. ) On the trolley. Dave Wilde and Allan Briggs displaying the pump trolley to the public during the afternoon Above: On the move again: More action on the trolley. Allan Briggs with the pump trolley  which he restored. The trolley will be invaluable for assisting with work down the line as well as being an object DVLR can be proud to own as a key part of its heritage. Allan has made a superb video which shows and tells just how the cart was discovered and how he went about the restoration. Click the button to see the video. Special Guests of the Day. Before the unveiling, Jonathan Stockwell, the DVLR Archivist, had  introduced our Special Guests of the day, Arthur Richmond accompanied by his son, together with Ken Nelson and his mother, Lavinia. Arthur was first employed by the DVLR as a Platelayer in 1942, almost straight from school and was based at Skipwith Station, dealing with the Permanent Way from Cliffe Common to Wheldrake. Arthur received  his “Call Up Papers” leaving the DVLR to join the Army in 1944 and was sent to India (working on the Indian Railways Permanent Way !) On returning to the DVLR in 1949, Arthur shortly left and began a career with the then new British Railways, on the Permanent Way until his retirement. Ken Nelson’s Grandfather, Henry  Howden had been the Porter in Charge at Skipwith Station and Henry’s daughter Lavinia had been brought up at the DVLR Station House at Skipwith. Ken spent many happy school holidays at the Station House. When the only freight train of the day had passed, Ken would get the pump trolley out and trundle up and down line at Skipwith. The pump trolley was also used as family transport, ferrying family between Skipwith Station and Blackwood Crossing to meet the Selby bus ! In the photograph by Jonathan Stockwell:           Foreground, Arthur Richmond with (L - R)  Allan Briggs, Lavinia Howden and Ken Nelson. The Wild West also came to DVLR on Sunday 27th August. A cowboy’s visit led to a gunfight near the train. A marshall and sheriff have apprehended a thief , a  cowboy with gold bullion, on the train. They have handcuffed him and are taking him to jail on the train.  However the thief doesn’t seem to have much respect for authority, laughing and mocking as he points at a badge of office, and he causes a noisy ruckus, bawling at the top of his voice in earshot of the passengers.  When the train had to stop at a crossing,  the cowboy managed to escape, followed closely by the law. The train passengers have a full view of what happens next as outlaws join the thief but a posse of good guys turns up too. A shoot out ensues. See a shortened version of the shoot out in in the video. One by one the outlaws are put out of action. The thief is wounded and surrenders to the applause of pasengers and people in the nearby fort. DVLR Society News Number 111 Summer 2017.  Dropping through letter boxes of DVLR members, around 10th August 2017  was the Summer edition of DVLR Society News (Number111) which let us know that the revised AGM date and time is Septembver 9 at 14.00 hrs. It will take place in the function room at Yorkshire Museum of Farming. The editorial mentions  the recent vandalism at North York Moors Railway, our neighbours and supporters, to a set of their LNER coaches. This was an appalling and senseless act damaging  coaches and many irreplacable items whose restoration will involve a great deal of work and effort, where indeed restoration is possible at all.  Back “home,” as Jonathan and Stuart Stockwell report, there’s been a lot going on at DVLR. The latest news of the Shed Project and the excellent work being done on engine restoration and maintenance, are in a long section, “From The Messroom.” Just a quick dip into the section shows subjects include, DS88 (Octavious Atkinson) restoration, D2245 getting back into business after various areas of attention including a new set of linkage plates which were manufactured and brake blocks fitted, and there’s much much more reported about what has been a very busy quarter, including progress on the steam engine, Andrew Barclay no. 8.  There’s much more, with several pages and 26 photographs  the DVLR Society News is great value at 50p. per quarter. It is of course free to members, so if you’re not a member already, join and regularly get the low-down on DVLR.         The 15th. Annual Running Evening, 21st. July 2017. The kind weather was a good omen from the start; attendance  was high and the special running evening ran without a hitch thanks to good planning and the usual devoted work of DVLR’s friendly volunteers. With the departures board suitably amended  to show 20 minutes between departures, the turn-around time was tight but the Timing worked to a T. The guy who does the website and his wife chose and enjoyed delicious sausage sandwiches, (food not pictured even on Facebook), from the selection of refreshments available at Murton Park. The evening raised £850 towards the Society and Shed Project funds.     A new item appeared under the station veranda this spring.  A superbly crafted replica ticket machine made by DVLRS member, Allan Briggs. Click the image to see a larger Image pop up. 29th July 2017. Land Rover Club “Driver for a Fiver” Day. The Land Rover Series 1 Club attended Murton on Saturday 29 July and about 20 members had a “Driver for a Fiver” experience using the locomotive 03079.  The Yorkshire Museum of Farming agreed to the Land Rovers being parked inside the Museum grounds, thus attracting interest from Museum visitors.  Trevor Humbey and Stuart Stockwell took it in turns to show the Club members how to drive the 03, and Allan Briggs was in the signal box throughout the day signalling each run of the locomotive.  Jonathan Stockwell was on the station in a supporting role.  Christine Bailey staffed the station and shop and unsurprisingly found the 03 key rings and fridge magnets were the bestsellers of the day.   The Club members had an absolutely fabulous time and gave very enthusiastic feedback, and are keen to make it an annual event.  A date of Saturday 28 July 2018 has been agreed for a return visit.  Nine photos, courtesy of Lara and Brendan  Llewellin  are shown here. However, please click the link to access the full set on Dropbox. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5qoz5rg4fol89et/AAByeGk5dyskiH7VeLr2nSSya?dl=0 July 2017. A DVLR key hammer comes to DVLR Society.  The details … An exciting unexpected discovery:  A DVLR branding iron discovered by chance, at auction, has been successfully bid for  and brought back to   DVLR. For details, click: Chance surfacing in May 2107, of some very old blank invoices from Kerosene Supplies (York) Ltd. with business located in DVLR Yard. A piece of history associated with DVLR came innocuously through the post, with a note written on it. Thankfully, the recipient realised its value to DVLR archives. Find out more ... DVLR Society News 110 Spring 2017.DVLR Society News Number 110, Spring 2017, was issued  in early May. The front cover shows 03079, where it ran around its train in the loop, on the first day of passenger services for 2017, on Sunday 2nd April. The News contains an interesting report from the Trustees and lots from the Mess Room about work on various locos and rolling stock. A picture of volunteer engineer, Andy Richard on his back  giving attention under the RH88DS shows how much an inspection pit is needed and just what struggles DVLR volunteers are willing to face to keep the loco and rolling stock in good condition and ensure they pass their fitness to run examinations. Fortunately the new loco shed will overcome a lot of current impediments and make a lot of what are always demanding jobs anyway, somewhat more straight forward. There is a progress report on the shed and pictues of the PMV in its amazing 80 feet "migration" to make room. This has been a well planned and well executed operation. The Society News centrefold has pictures of volunteers at Murton on the first running day of 2017. On another page, there is a picture of The Manchester Pals Regiment Re-enactment Group who visited on the first 2017 running day. To find out more about these items and much more with pictures, contact DVLR to purchase a copy.  Reminder: Members receive the DVLR Society News quarterly and have all the privileges of membership, with their contributions helping to  maintain the great Derwent Valley Light Railway. The late Edward Hearfield. There is some sad news too. The DVLR Society was sad to hear of the death of Edward Hearfield, a Life Member of the Society. Ted, a great friend and supporter of the DVLR will be sadly missed by the Society. Ted died on 12th April at the age of 91. He had been generous in aiding the shed project fund. He had been also been helpful in aiding with some historical information for the archives. And he had also presented some excellent sketches he had made relating to DVLR to Jonathan Stockwell, DVLR Society Archivist. See the DVLR News 110 for a picture of one of Edward Hearfield’s sketches (Thorganby Station). Winter Track Laying 11 Feb. 2017. Seen here in a picture by Paul Scrimshaw. Ken Lees, DVLRS Secretary, reported: "On behalf of the Trustees, may I thank the members who  turned up today to help relay the 2 switches of the turnout from the main line into the siding. We had a good turn out and this helped make sure that everything proceeded according to plan. The weather: "Fortunately the weather wasn't as horrific as had been forecast and we were able to achieve all that we set out to achieve today." DVLR Society News 109. The DVLR Society News Booklet 109 (the Mid-Winter edition) was issued in early February 2017.  It has been a very busy quarter, not only with preparing for and running the Santa-Specials, but also with the considerable progress made by volunteers particularly in relation to the multitude of tasks necessitated by the layout changes in the Restoration Shed project. Details are in the booklet's Shed Update section. The News Booklet also features the story of a day out with Grandma and Grandpa at Murton, contains a lot of interesting pictures including of the Santa Specials.  There are technical reports from the Mess Room and North Eastern Coach update. These are just a few of articles inside for the price of just 50p. DVLR Society Members receive The DVLR Society News free, so if you are not a member do consider joining and you are then guaranteed to receive a copy of the News as soon as it is issued. A very special donation to the society. The Booklet  reports that John Meredith of York has presented an historic Track Gauge Measure to DVLR Society Archivist, Jonathan Stockwell. The Society expresses its thanks for this very generous donation to the Society. For full details and pictures, see DVLR Society News 109.
Opening time approaching.
Later, a double-header at the station, drivers aboard, between runs.
The guard about to signal that this train is fully boarded and safe to go.
A time and place for friends to meet.
Derwent Valley Light Railway ℅ Yorkshire Museum of Farming Murton Lane, Murton, York,YO19 5UF
News & Reports from 2017
Upcoming Special Events at Murton, this year: Santa Specials Santa Specials start on Saturday 2nd. December.            All dates >> Public Notice: Advance Notice of Special Event Days to be held next year, i.e. in 2018. Planning Easter 2018 in York? Here is something for your advance diary. Easter will mark the 25th Anniversary of the first public running of a passenger train on heritage DVLR in 1993. This will be celebrated during special running days at DVLR over Easter 2018.    And - What's been happening:  Rowntree’s No.3, Ken Cooke, repainting finished and lettering completed. Glynnis Frith reported on 8 Sept. 2017: Here is the all but finished Rowntree No3 Ken Cooke, only two coats of varnish needed once the rain stops. Our sign writer Mark from Acomb Signs has made a fantastic job & made it look so easy. In the picture, The very happy Tony & Glynnis Frith, the proud owners, giving the thumbs up. Octavius Atkinson. On the second day  (Monday 28th August) of the two days of Special Events celebrating  DVLR’s Quarter Centenary, this DS88,  went back into service on Derwent Valley Light Railway. This DS88, has rejoined the operational  fleet of the DVLR after being out of commission for some time. One of the original locomotives in the early days at Murton, it had been previously housed at Starbeck. Thanks to splendid engineering work by DVLR engineers, the locomotive was once again running, and running proudly, at the second day of the Heritage DVLR’s Quarter Centenary Celebrations. The newly applied  livery is identical to that of 25 years ago. The locomotive was previously named Octavius Atkinson before leaving Starbeck. This was in recognition of the kindness of landlords at Starbeck in allowing the construction of sidings to restore locos and rolling stock. The original name and nameplate were re- applied in a naming ceremony at 1 pm. The above slideshow runs six images taken by Christine Bailey, before, during and after the unveiling of the nameplate. Trevor Humbey is seen in the slideshow, having the honour of doing the unveiling (2-3). Eventually, the loco is seen hauling a train (4) and later, sporting the DVLR’s 25th Anniversary plaque (5). at its front. Heritage DVLR’s 25th Anniversary, the first of two days of Special Events, Sunday 27th.  August. Following wet and cold weather in the many of the days before, one might say that for a Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 27th. broke the mould and was comfortably warm and conducive to the full enjoyment of the events here.  There was a lot on show to entertain the crowds across Murton Park. The DVLR was delighted to unveil a DVLR gangers’ pump trolley on Sunday 27th. August. Thanks go to Mr. D B Slater, of York,  who donated the remains of 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 (since reappointed 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!” As stated, the pump trolley was unveiled at 13.00 hours on Sunday 27th, August. The trolley is  propelled manually by pump action, one of the sorts of devices which have so often lent themselves to contriving humorous farces in films like St. Trinnian’s, and even some back to the silents’ days. On YouTube, Buster Keyton can be found using one. There’s something compelling and fascinating about them. This one had already been causing keen interest among enthusiasts and on the day, it fascinated the general public too. Apparently, until about 6 years ago, it had lain unloved in a hedge/ditch.  Mr. Slater realised its value to DVLR s and three years ago, donated the remains from which the restoration could be made. Allan had  said he could resore it and he did and here it was being unveiled. As the cover came off, it was instantly clear what a tremendously professional  job Allan had made. Allan, who was formerly a chef has turned his hand to renovation and replication since his retirement. His skill must be innate. The replica platform ticket machine at DVLR station is another superb creation by Allan. What next? Allan has plans on making a new Georgian window to replace the decaying one on the west side of the signal box. Before the unveiling of the trolley, Jonathan Stockwell, the DVLR Archivist, introduced our Special Guests of the day, Arthur Richmond accompanied by his son, together with Ken Nelson and his mother, Lavinia. Further down this page Arthur, Lavinia and Ken are pictured with the trolley after the unveiling. In the barrow. Three years ago, all the wood was rotten, and some of the metal rods were bent beyond recovery. That debris is in the barrow, in the picture below. In the motion images below. Dave Wilde addresses the crowd then assists Allan to do the unveiling. (The colour of the trolley appeared to surprise some as the bright red and black colours are so different from any other colours in DVLR’s liveries. Allan explained that there are pictures, one of each of two trolleys which DVLR had. One is a colour picture. Yes, there in the picture is a red  DVLR trolley. It is not known whether the restored trolley is the same one. ) On the trolley. Dave Wilde and Allan Briggs displaying the pump trolley to the public during the afternoon. Allan Briggs with the pump trolley which he restored. The trolley will be invaluable for assisting with work down the line as well as being being an object DVLR can be proud to own as a key part of its heritage. Special Guests of the Day. Before the unveiling, Jonathan Stockwell, the DVLR Archivist, had  introduced our Special Guests of the day, Arthur Richmond accompanied by his son, together with Ken Nelson and his mother, Lavinia. Arthur was first employed by the DVLR as a Platelayer in 1942, almost straight from school and was based at Skipwith Station, dealing with the Permanent Way from Cliffe Common to Wheldrake. Arthur received  his “Call Up Papers” leaving the DVLR to join the Army in 1944 and was sent to India (working on the Indian Railways Permanent Way !) On returning to the DVLR in 1949, Arthur shortly left and began a career with the then new British Railways, on the Permanent Way until his retirement. Ken Nelson’s Grandfather, Henry Howden had been the Porter in Charge at Skipwith Station and Henry’s daughter Lavinia had been brought up at the DVLR Station House at Skipwith. Ken spent many happy school holidays at the Station House. When the only freight train of the day had passed, Ken would get the pump trolley out and trundle up and down line at Skipwith. The pump trolley was also used as family transport, ferrying family between Skipwith Station and Blackwood Crossing to meet the Selby bus! In the photograph by Jonathan Stockwell: Foreground, Arthur Richmond with (L - R)  Allan Briggs, Lavinia Howden and Ken Nelson. Dropping through letter boxes of DVLR members, around 10th August 2017 was the Summer edition of DVLR Society News (Number111) which let us know that the revised AGM date and time is Septembver 9 at 14.00 hrs. It will take place in the function room at Yorkshire Museum of Farming. The editorial mentions  the recent vandalism at North York Moors Railway, our neighbours and supporters, to a set of their LNER coaches. This was an appalling and senseless act damaging  coaches and many irreplacable items whose restoration will involve a great deal of work and effort, where indeed restoration is possible at all.  Back “home,” as Jonathan and Stuart Stockwell report, there’s been a lot going on at DVLR. The latest news of the Shed Project and the excellent work being done on engine restoration and maintenance, are in a long section, “From The Messroom.” Just a quick dip into the section shows subjects include, DS88 (Octavious Atkinson) restoration, D2245 getting back into business after various areas of attention including a new set of linkage plates which were manufactured and brake blocks fitted, and there’s much much more reported about what has been a very busy quarter, including progress on the steam engine, Andrew Barclay no. 8.  Ther’s much more, with several pages and 26 photographs  the DVLR Society News is great value at 50p. per quarter. It is of course free to members, so if you’re not a member already, join and regularly get the low-down on DVLR.  A new item appeared under the station verandah this spring. A superbly crafted replica ticket machine made by a DVLR member. 29th July 2017. Land Rover Club “Driver for a Fiver” Day. The Land Rover Series 1 Club attended Murton on Saturday 29 July and about 20 members had a “Driver for a Fiver” experience using the locomotive 03079.  The Yorkshire Museum of Farming agreed to the Land Rovers being parked inside the Museum grounds, thus attracting interest from Museum visitors.  Trevor Humbey and Stuart Stockwell took it in turns to show the Club members how to drive the 03, and Allan Briggs was in the signal box throughout the day signalling each run of the locomotive.  Jonathan Stockwell was on the station in a supporting role.  Christine Bailey staffed the station and shop and unsurprisingly found the 03 key rings and fridge magnets were the bestsellers of the day.   The Club members had an absolutely fabulous time and gave very enthusiastic feedback, and are keen to make it an annual event.  A date of Saturday 28 July 2018 has been agreed for a return visit.   Three photos, courtesy of Lara and Brendan, are shown below.  However, please click the link to access the full set on Dropbox. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5qoz5rg4fol 89et/AAByeGk5dyskiH7VeLr2nSSya?dl=0 The 15th. Annual Running Evening, 21st. July 2017. The kind weather was a good omen from the start; attendance was high and the special running evening ran without a hitch thanks to good planning and the usual devoted work of DVLR’s friendly volunteers. Below, a picture as opening time was approaching. With the departures board suitably amended to show 20 minutes between departures, the Turn-around time was tight but the Timing worked to a T. Above, a double-header at the station, drivers aboard, between runs. The guard about to signal that this train is fully boarded and safe to go. A good place to meet friends. And the food: The guy who does the website and his wife chose and enjoyed delicious sausage sandwiches, (food not pictured even on Facebook), from the selection of refreshments available at Murton Park. The evening raised £850 towards the Society and Shed Project funds. A DVLR Platelayers’ “Pump” Trolly restored. Read about it here …  July 2017. A DVLR key hammer comes to DVLR Society. Find out more … An exciting unexpected discovery:  A DVLR branding iron discovered by chance, at auction, has been successfully bid for and brought back to DVLR. The details are  here …   Chance “surfacing” in May 2017, of some very old blank invoices from Kerosene Supplies (York) Ltd. with business located in DVLR Yard. A piece of history associated with DVLR came innocuously through the post, with a note written on it. Thankfully, the recipient realised its value to DVLR archives. To find out more … DVLR Society News 110 Spring 2017. DVLR Society News Number 110, Spring 2017 was issued in early May. The front cover shows 03079, where it ran around its train in the loop, on the first day of passenger services for 2017, on Sunday 2nd April. The News contains an interesting report from the Trustees and lots from the Mess Room about work on various locos and rolling stock. A picture of volunteer engineer, Andy Richard on his back  giving attention under the RH88DS shows how much an inspection pit is needed and just what struggles DVLR volunteers are willing to face to keep the loco and rolling stock in good condition and ensure they pass their fitness to run examinations. Fortunately the new loco shed will overcome a lot of current impediments and make a lot of what are always demanding jobs anyway, somewhat more straight forward. There is a progress report on the shed and pictues of the PMV in its amazing 80 feet "migration" to make room. This has been a well planned and well executed operation. The Society News centrefold has pictures of volunteers at Murton on the first running day of 2017. On another page, there is a picture of The Manchester Pals Regiment Re-enactment Group who visited on the first 2017 running day. The late Edward Hearfield.  There was some sad news too. The DVLR Society was sad to hear of the death of Edward Hearfield, a Life Member of the Society. Ted, a great friend and supporter of the DVLR will be sadly missed by the Society. Ted died on 12th April at the age of 91. He had been generous in aiding the shed project fund. He had been also been helpful in aiding with some historical information for the archives. And he had also presented some excellent sketches he had made relating to DVLR to Jonathan Stockwell, DVLR Society Archivist. See the DVLR News 110 for a picture of one of Edward Hearfield’s sketches (Thorganby Station). Winter Track Laying 11 Feb. 2017. A picture by Paul Scrimshaw. Ken Lees, DVLRS Secretary, reported: "On behalf of the Trustees, may I thank the members who turned up today to help relay the 2 switches of the turnout from the main line into the siding. We had a good turn out and this helped make sure that everything proceeded according to plan.” The weather: "Fortunately the weather wasn't as horrific as had been forecast and we were able to achieve all that we set out to achieve today." DVLR Society News 109. The DVLR Society News Booklet 109 (the Mid-Winter edition) was issued in early February 2017. It had been a very busy quarter, not only with preparing for and running the Santa-Specials, but also with the considerable progress made by volunteers particularly in relation to the multitude of tasks necessitated by the layout changes in the Restoration Shed project. Details are in the booklet's Shed Update section. The News Booklet also features the story of a day out with Grandma and Grandpa at Murton, contains a lot of interesting pictures including of the Santa Specials.  There are technical reports from the Mess Room and North Eastern Coach update. These are just a few of articles inside for the price of just 50p. DVLR Society Members receive The DVLR Society News free, so if you are not a member do consider joining and you are then guaranteed to receive a copy of the News as soon as it is issued. A very special donation to the society. The Booklet  reports that John Meredith of York has presented an historic Track Gauge Measure to DVLR Society Archivist, Jonathan Stockwell. The Society expresses its thanks for this very generous donation to the Society. For full details and pictures, see DVLR Society News 109.