The Dunsfold Land Rover Collection is holding its bienniel open weekend on June 10th and 11th at Dunsfold. All 134 Collection vehicles will be on display as well as many others from around Europe which will be brought by their owners.  This event will be held at thier usual site, the Springbok Estate, Alfold, Surrey, GU8 6EX.  At the Dunsfold Collection event there is a VIP marquee for Friends of the Collection and sponsors and Richard Muir Beddall has generously offered any TT members who buy entrance tickets to be given free admission to the VIP marquee upon presentation of their membership card where they will be offered drinks and snacks with the Collection's compliments. They do however need to know numbers in advance. Should you wish to take up this offer please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sunday 4th June.





A visit is being arranged to the British Airliner Collection at Duxford on 1st June 2017. The anticipated program is 10.00 arrival, coffee and introduction. We will break into groups on the day, depending on how many we get, and visit the airliners from 10.30 to 12.30. Break for lunch in any of the restaurants, at own expense, until 1.30 then convene at Concorde for a tour and nose droop demonstration at 2.00. Afterwards everyone will be free to wander around the museum, which closes at 6.00. The visit cost is a minimum donation of £5 per person. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to attend. Further details will be posted on the TT website in due course.




Planning is progressing on the weekend of 19th/20th/21st May, centred on Llangollen


Lots of lovely things to do there....


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After last year's further expansion of the Trust's important 'Red Wheel' programme, negotiations are under way to mark further high-quality transport heritage sites in 2017 - when we aim to pass the 100-plaque milestone!
Arrangements are already in hand for important appointments in the North-East on Friday 7th April, when our President, Sir William McAlpine has kindly agreed to unveil Red Wheels at the Tees Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough in the morning and Hopetown Works, Darlington in the afternoon - to which all Members and their friends are invited.
The spectacular Tees Transporter Bridge has recently benefitted from a major refurbishment, including the opening of a Visitor Centre and installation of a passenger lift.  The Red Wheel unveiling is scheduled for 12:00 noon but Members are recommended to allow plenty of viewing time beforehand.
After the unveiling ceremony at Middlesbrough, the TT party will transfer to Darlington, to the historic Hopetown Works.  Hopetown was the Carriage Works of the Stockton & Darlington Railway which, in recent times, has been restored as the headquarters of the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group and birthplace of A1 'Pacific' Tornado and currently the P2 class 'Mikado' locomotive Prince of Wales.  Hopetown Works is also adjacent to the 'Head of Steam' Railway Museum in Darlington North Road Station - which is well worth a visit and already boasts a Red Wheel.

Members are encouraged to put this special date in their diaries and to indicate their interest to TT Trustee Stephen Middleton on 01423 561965.








The 'Red Wheel' programme of commemorative plaques goes from strength to strength, helping to raise the profile of Britain's transport heritage and, at the same time, raising the profile of the Trust.

On Monday 14th November we had two further unveilings, at 'Premier League' sites on the west side of Manchester, and all members and their friends were invited to attend:


Barton Canal Aqueducts on the Bridgewater Canal - at the site of Brindley's original aqueduct over the River Irwell and the Swing Aqueduct over the Manchester Ship Canal, which replaced it. The Swing Aqueduct was be swung in our honour!  



Manchester Barton Aerodrome - opened in 1930 as the first municipal airport in Britain and still operational.  Our visit included a tour of some of the original infrastructure of the aerodrome, including the Hangar and Passenger Terminal, and the oldest continuously used Control Tower of 1932.  Read more


Both sites are owned by the Peel Group, which was represented by two of its Directors.  Our visit to the Aerodrome was also hosted by the Friends of Barton Aerodrome. 


The Transport Trust party was led by our President, Sir William McAlpine and Civic Dignitaries joined us.


Monday, 14th November 2016 


Barton Canal Aqueduct,

Barton Lane, Eccles, Salford, Greater Manchester M30 0HX


Manchester Barton Aerodrome,

Liverpool Road, Manchester, M30 7SA


By popular request, Jon Jolliffe invited any interested members to another in an occasional series of days out on London's transport network:

This year's plan was to explore the more obscure branch lines serving West London, past and present, including the Olympic Park (not that one; the 1908 games in White City) and various bridges over the Thames.

White City Stadium


A one-day Travelcard (or Freedom pass) covered the exploration, starting at Paddington at ~11:00 and ending at Victoria around 17:00. We took in three national rail cos, Underground (H&C and tube) and Overground plus a couple of bus rides for a change. Not much walking was required this time. 

I led this trip on Tues 20th Sept, but if you'd be interested in another date please signify and we'll see what the demand is.
Replies to the office to book places and receive full briefing/ joining instructions.

Regards, Jon Jolliffe



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