Members of the Transport Trust have been invited to visit the Beeches Light Railway in Steeple Aston in Oxfordshire on Saturday 2nd September 2017. The Beeches Light Railway is a private narrow gauge railway in the garden of Adrian Shooter, the former director of Chiltern Railways.
There is approximately 1 mile of track, and visitors on the open day of 2nd September are free to wander around the track and engine sheds at will, with many photo opportunities of the 2’ gauge engine which will be operational all afternoon. Unlimited free travel and a BBQ lunch is included in the £30 ticket price. The day starts at 12.30, with lunch being served from 1.00.
Final numbers and payment needs to be advised to the Beeches Light Railway by the end of July, so it is necessary for attendees to book and pay for places before this date. Only those who have paid by end July will obtain tickets. As this is a great opportunity, which some members have visited before, please send your application and a cheque, for £30 per person, made out to The Transport Trust to Mike Trapp, 1 Pershore Fields, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 2AB. You can post date the cheque for 30th July 2017 if you wish. The full address of the railway will be notified to those attending.
Further details on the railway can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beeches_Light_Railway
A Transport Trust Red Wheel is to be unveiled at Stonehenge Works Station on the Leighton Buzzard Railway on Thursday 24th August 2017. Arrangements are being made for the 12:20 departure from Page’s Park Station to carry a “Red Wheel Traveller” headboard. The return working departs 13:15 and is due back at Page’s Park at 13:50.
Should you wish to attend this unveiling event please visit the www.buzzrail.co.uk website and book your own tickets for the 12.20hrs departure on Thursday 24th August. Fares for the train are as per the website - adults £10.00 or £8.50 if aged 60 or above.
When booking please put “Transport Trust” in the box for Company Name on the Billing Address page so they know you are a TT visitor. Please book before the end of June, after this it might be possible but is not guaranteed.
Afterwards you may wish to visit the Mossman carriage collection. This is the largest collection of its kind on display in the UK. It is located about 30 minutes away in the Stockwood Discovery Centre, London Road, Luton LU1 4LX which also house various other transport exhibits. http://www.lutonculture.com/stockwood-discovery-centre/visiting-us/
A tour of The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 9EP is planned for 10:30 on Thursday 20th July, and 15 places have been reserved at present.
Following the tour, lunch can be taken in the on-site cafe, and members can then wander the collection at their leisure, or visit the Swiss garden on show at Shuttleworth.
The cost of entry and the guided tour is £12, and the garden tour is in addition to this if taken.
Details of the collection can be found at http://www.shuttleworth.org/the-collection/
Tickets have been reserved for members to visit Sir William McAlpine’s Railway and Museum at Fawley Hill near Henley on Sunday 2nd July 2017. Times are from 12:00 till around 17:00.
There are no restrictions on whom may attend however although wheelchair passengers can be accommodated on the train please note the museum does not have wheelchair accessible toilets and part of the museum building is only accessible via stairs.
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic or (new for 2017) refreshments will be available via a pop-up café in the station building.
The train may be ridden as often as visitors like and they normally run about 10-12 trains per day with each trip taking around 15 minutes as the line is 1.25 miles in length.
Admission to Fawley is strictly by invitation only and although there is no admission charge they ask all visitors to make a suggested voluntary donation of £10 (adults >16 years) and £5 (children 10-15). Children under 10 still need an invitation but they do not request a donation for youngsters.
Planning is progressing on the weekend of 19th/20th/21st May, centred on Llangollen
Lots of lovely things to do there....
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.
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