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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 29/07/2017 at 19:33 #97705
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good evening,

i appreciate its short notice but i have arranged a tour around DRAX on Thursday from 1pm - 3pm this will hopefully include a trip into the Rail movements control room, which covers all rail movements on site, as well as tour of the boiler houses, if anyone is interested please express your interest below there is no charge its just so i know roughly how many people to turn up.

many thanks

Dan

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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 29/07/2017 at 23:32 #97717
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Dan

Would love to come along. I had a guided tour in 1982 so I expect things have changed a bit since.

Do I need anything like hi-viz, toe-tectors, hard hat?

"I am just going outside and may be some time." - Capt. Lawrence Oates, (17/03/1880 – 16/03/1912), British army officer and Antarctic explorer.
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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 30/07/2017 at 00:39 #97719
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I'd love to fly over! Oh, I have eye treatment tomorrow (MD), that's bugged it!

Barry

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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 30/07/2017 at 10:51 #97726
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I too would have signed up to come as Drax Power Station was in the area which I had responsibility of the allocation of locomotives to trains in the region between 1997 - 2001. Unfortunately I have hospital commitments every Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays. I hope you can take photos & upload them on here. Would be interesting to see the 3 rail bunkers where the coal/biomass trains unload at as well as where the oil trains go. Have a good day.
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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 30/07/2017 at 21:31 #97735
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I'd love to come and have permission from SWMBO.

Would anyone be able to collect me from and return me to Goole station? I'm sure I can supply beer in return. (If not, I'll look into getting a taxi.)

Last edited: 30/07/2017 at 21:32 by clive
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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 31/07/2017 at 00:02 #97739
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clive in post 97735 said:
I'd love to come and have permission from SWMBO.

Would anyone be able to collect me from and return me to Goole station? I'm sure I can supply beer in return. (If not, I'll look into getting a taxi.)
PM or e-mail me times and I'll do the necessary. No beer because I'll be driving! If the travelling will be easier please fell free to pick alternative stations (York or Selby are both pretty much on my direct line but Donny is a bit more difficult).

"I am just going outside and may be some time." - Capt. Lawrence Oates, (17/03/1880 – 16/03/1912), British army officer and Antarctic explorer.
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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 31/07/2017 at 10:21 #97749
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Email sent. Thanks.
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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 01/08/2017 at 10:26 #97779
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I can't make this trip as am abroad, but I've been lucky enough to have a number of tours of Drax, having done work there on many occasions over the years. Aside from the sheer size of the machinery and engineering, the best bit is the unit control room - try to visit it as part of the trip.

When originally built it was a fully electro-mechanical setup (think PSB), and was converted to SCADA control in more recent years (think IECC). As it is still housed in the same room, there's now a lot of free space!

Never visited the rail control room though.

Worth the trip.

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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 01/08/2017 at 21:12 #97803
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this trip is going ahead and for anyone interested i can pick up from selby, 1pm at the visitor centre, obviously material handling room is subject to availability.
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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 02/08/2017 at 00:15 #97813
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Dan

I'm picking Clive up at Goole in time to get to the visitor centre for 13:00. As I asked earlier, do we need anything like PPE?

Can you PM me and Clive with a contact number in case anything goes belly up on the day. I'll drop you one back with my number and no doubt Clive will do the same.

"I am just going outside and may be some time." - Capt. Lawrence Oates, (17/03/1880 – 16/03/1912), British army officer and Antarctic explorer.
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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 02/08/2017 at 08:56 #97821
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Have a good day guys.

Barry

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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 02/08/2017 at 18:31 #97849
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good evening,

On arrival at site, park in the visitor carpark and make your way on foot to the south gatehouse for security check-in. Your guide will pick you up from there for your tour.

As the warm weather has finally arrived, I would like to highlight that everyone needs to have the ability to completely cover arms and legs, (preferably trousers, and full sleeve shirts/blouses or cardigans). Footwear also needs to be flat and sturdy, e.g. trainers. No ballet shoes or sandals please. The clothing and footwear requirements are part of the health and safety regulations for conducting tours, if tour attendees are inappropriately attired the tour will have to be curtailed as they will not be allowed to enter certain areas.

also been sent this:

Visiting Drax
Always
 Listen to your guide and follow instructions
 Stay with your party
You must
 Wear flat sturdy shoes or boots
 Wear long sleeved garments
 Wear trousers
 Wear the Personal Protective Equipment provided
Be Aware
 The tour requires walking and climbing to a height of
23ft/7m up staircases with safety rails
 The bus tour is on electric carts which are open to the
elements visitors need to dress to the weather conditions
on the day of their visit
 Photography is permitted, your guide will inform you where
 Minimum age for a tour is 8 years old
 Of potential hazards around site
 There may be random bag searches by security
 Drax is a drug and alcohol free site

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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 03/08/2017 at 19:06 #97859
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Excellent visit aided by two very good guides. And we got to see the normally off-limits Materials Handling Control (including their own mini-IECC controlling the rail network within the site).

Thanks for arranging it all.

"I am just going outside and may be some time." - Capt. Lawrence Oates, (17/03/1880 – 16/03/1912), British army officer and Antarctic explorer.
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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 03/08/2017 at 20:32 #97866
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John, any pictures/videos?

Barry

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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 03/08/2017 at 20:47 #97869
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BarryM in post 97866 said:
John, any pictures/videos?

Barry
I didn't take any (and we were specifically instructed not to take any pictures in the Materials Handling Control).

"I am just going outside and may be some time." - Capt. Lawrence Oates, (17/03/1880 – 16/03/1912), British army officer and Antarctic explorer.
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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 03/08/2017 at 20:56 #97871
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BarryM in post 97866 said:
John, any pictures/videos?
I have some photos, including of trains and signals, but - as postal says - we weren't allowed to photograph the room that had the IECC in it.

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Drax Power Station visit 03/08/2017 03/08/2017 at 21:13 #97874
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clive in post 97871 said:
BarryM in post 97866 said:
John, any pictures/videos?
I have some photos, including of trains and signals, but - as postal says - we weren't allowed to photograph the room that had the IECC in it.
I was just looking for an overview of the works.

Barry

Barry, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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