|Vale of Rheidol Railway (VORR), number 7, Owain Glyndwr|
Also present from the Vale of Rheidol was the erstwhile number 9, Prince of Wales, currently numbered 1213
|Prince of Wales|
Not to be outdone, the Betton Grange group had fetched their loco in as well. The recently fitted boiler that it appeared with (borrowed from 5952 Cogan Hall), is not the one that it will end up with (from 7927, Willington Hall).
Fetching locos into a show like this is an expensive business, Dinmore Manor LTD chose to leave all of theirs back at Toddington. The main point of the exercise was to drum up support (both financial and for volunteers) for the rebuild of Collett 2-8-0, 3850.
|Eleanor & John |
Broadway in general and the signal box in particular was a popular topic of conversation. I lost track of the number of people who would like to have the signal box transplanted into their back gardens. Apparently there is a race on between Broadway signal box and one at Parkend on the Dean Forest Railway, to see which one will be in action first, though I'm not sure that the Broadway team are aware of this fact.
There was no end of the where is 7820/3850/2874/3845 at the moment questions (Toddington for the first three, our private site for the last) and when will 3850/2874 steam again (depends on how well fund raising goes in both cases). A few recollected driving/firing Dinmore Manor or 3850 at various places, including several from fire and drive courses on the GWSR. I notice that the dates for 2017 fire and drive courses are now available on the main GWSR website. Don't be afraid to give it a go, you never know, you might like it so much that you decide to volunteer... I did.
Unsurprisingly, a fair number of volunteers from the GWSR were out and about at Warley, looking for stocking fillers for their kids, or in many cases for the themselves. Phil was one of the many, his son was happily showing off a model of Thomas that he had just been bought, whilst Phil wondered how he could persuade his wife that a 3850 cab side replica is the new must have wall hanging accessory. Unfortunately, he recently failed to obtain "management" approval for a replica "Sir Nigel Gresley" nameplate and didn't fancy his chances with 3850.
|Phil trying to make off with a cab side replica anyway|
|The GWSR stand at Warley|
I should probably also say that the Warley exhibition included many fabulous model railways in a variety of gauges, including an outstanding one of the Forth rail bridge, which was of particular interest to me as I travelled across the real bridge for the first time just a fortnight ago. Sorry no photos of the model railways,
And finally, in what was I imagine a fairly quiet day at Toddington, I can at least report that on Saturday, the newly grit blasted and primed wheels for 3850 were fetched back into the shed for undercoating.
|One wheel set returns, photo courtesy of Mark Harding.|