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The Transport Trust Red Wheel unveiling at Avon Lock in Tewkesbury planned for June unfortunately had to be abandoned because of flooding.  With fingers firmly crossed we now prepare to unveil it on Monday October 7th


Avon Lock at Tewkesbury was established by Royal Charter in 1636 and is a rare example of a lock that is still a toll station between two separate river navigations - the Avon and the Severn.  Our 'Red Wheel' is to be unveiled at 12:00 noon by Mr Edward Gillespie, Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.  The Transport Trust will be represented by our Vice President Tony Hales, formerly CEO of British Waterways and subsequently the Canal and Rivers Trust.


Members wishing to attend are advised to head for Avon Lock, King John's Court, Tewkesbury GL20 6EG but it is strongly recommended to use one of the town-centre car parks and allow 15 minutes to walk to the Lock.  Once there, do introduce yourself to TT VP Tony Hales and to Nicola Lancaster, Avon Lock Keeper. 


A visit is being arranged to Morris Lubricants at Shrewsbury. Morris Lubricants has been an independent producer of high class lubricants for 140 years, and this visit is highly recommended for all TT members who recognise the importance of first class lubrication for a myriad transport uses.


Detailed visit information will be sent to attendees nearer to the visit date. The cost of the visit will be advised as soon as the date is confirmed.

Please reserve places by contacting Mike Trapp - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 01386 554145 - or Richard Peregrine - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 01684 566293. 


 Those of you have visited the private collection of marine craft and ephemera at Shiplake near Henley-on-Thames will know what a magnificent display Bill and Penny Rose have assembled.

Sadly, this is the final year that they we be opening to the public and they have kindly offered members of the Transport Trust one last opportunity to view their collection, Accordingly, a visit has been arranged on Thursday 26th September from 10.30am to 1pm. As it is likely to be very popular, please let Alan Wallwork our Southern Area Visits Co-ordinator know as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

Alan can be contacted via e-mail on  and as the numbers are limited to a maximum of 20 people, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Don’t miss this opportunity for one last visit and for those of you who wish to travel by public transport, Shiplake Station is very close to Magnolia Wharfe where the collection is housed.

For those travelling by car, the Wharfe is located on Basmore Lane, Lower Shiplake and the postcode is RG9 3NU. Please note that parking is restricted and there is no on-street parking nearby, so please car-share where possible.  There is parking at the nearby station car park

There is no charge for the visit, although Bill will be selling copies of his book about the Collection, 


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