Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces 79 – Aug/Sept 1977
The Railway Preservation Society Newsletter
Chasewater News 21 – Part 2
To continue – Enthusiasts’ Day October 9thIn past years the last steaming date of the year has seen unfamiliar activity, usually the use of the Maryport & Carlisle coach and the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincoln coach instead of the DMU. This year it is proposed to put on a few extra attractions in the hope of attracting a good crowd of gricers and general public alike. It is proposed to have two locos in steam, one on passenger trains and one on a freight train, with photographic runpasts at suitable intervals. Several vintage vehicles, notably buses and cars are expected to be on display and a ‘mini mart’ of upwards of six sales stands will be present, offering a variety of goods of railway interest. Several ‘dead’ engines will be on photographic display and several relics, not normally on display will be visible. In addition, the ‘Merryweather’ fire pump will be doing its thing, perhaps even roasting chestnuts. There is little else of steam interest this late in the season, so please make every effort to attend and tell friends, etc., and let’s end the season on a memorable note.
Admission – 30p for adults, 15p for children, including a free train ride!
On a grander scale, the Severn Valley Railway holds its ‘Enthusiasts’ Weekend’ on September 10th & 11th. 12 locos will be in steam. Of special note are:
- BR2-6-4T 80079 – recently restored and immaculate.
- GWR 4-6-0 6960 ‘Raveningham Hall’ – recently arrived from Steamtown, Carnforth.
- GWR 4-6-07819 ‘Hinton Manor’ – the latest ex. Barry engine to be restored and making its debut on public trains.
There are many other attractions and a frequent train service employing five makes of coaches will be in operation. The best chance to see ex. BR steam in a genuine setting and thoroughly recommended.
Transport Scene 23rd & 24th July
This was certainly the most important event on the RPS’s calendar in the last five years and although it was hard work I think its success is proved by the fact that everyone spoken to enjoyed themselves immensely, whether members of the public or members who spent three days on site to help in the multitude of tasks that needed doing. It is unfair to single out anyone for praise as it was teamwork that made the event a success, ably led by our captain, Andrew Louch, who reports as follows:-
“Well as some of you will know, this event has been a success, although I must admit it had us guessing right up to Sunday morning. Over the weekend we netted a grand total of £1,014, which is our best ever for a single event. However, expenses came to £764.84, which left a profit of £249.16.
I would like to thank all our members who helped, including some less familiar faces, which goes to prove that our pleas for help don’t go unheard. I would personally like to thank our Chairman, Albert Haywood, for organising the arena events and making up the original commentary which put the BBC to shame!!