Taken from the ‘Mercian’ Sept-Oct 1966, Vol. 5 No.5
From the Editorial
The editorial this month will be short for there are other matters which take priority. The AGM is one and you will find that one page is devoted to the AGM notice.
It is essential that as many as possible attend so please make a very special effort to be present at the meeting. The next twelve months and the policy to be carried out will be debated at the meeting – your observations are of paramount importance to the society, be sure that your voice is heard at the meeting.
It seemed to matter back then…..
The society have negotiated the purchase of an ex Midland Railway 4-wheeled coach in an excellent state of preservation. The cost of £40 is being borne by the funds. However there are the removal expenses to be found and for this purpose I would like to appeal to you on behalf of your officials for help in this direction. Any donations should be sent to Frank Harvey, it is anticipated that about £25 will be required at least.
From the Hon. Treasurer
Financially the society continues to hold its own although we cannot afford to let up on any money making schemes. The Tote is certainly our best source of income at present (prizes ranging from £4 to £35.75) but we need to improve it by selling more tickets. Do not hesitate to contact our Chairman if you require a supply of tickets.
Subscription renewals are being painfully maintained, and there is room for improvement here. Prompt renewals help us to budget for the next year, for we then have a good idea as to how much we have to find from other sources. I appeal to all of you to renew promptly and of course to introduce as many new members as possible.
Around the Clubs and Societies
London Railway Preservation Society: The latest arrival at Luton Depot is Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST number 1865 built in 1925. The loco is owned by D. Alexander and is on loan. She came from Southall Gas Works.
Vintage Carriage Trust: The Vintage Carriage Trust is shortly to add another coach to the collection assembled at Keighley. It is an 1888 GNR six-wheeled brake third.
Scottish Railway Preservation Society: The society has just acquired what is believed to be the last ex Highland Railway Co. goods vehicle. It is a 10 ton brake van and it is at present at Newtownmore awaiting removal to the society’s museum.
Festiniog: Further sections of the line are due to be re-opened shortly. Another new coach is also nearing completion; this is the fourth to come from Boston Lodge Works. A toilet is being included in the design for the first time.
The popularity of the line continues apace with over one million passengers being carried as at April of this year.