Visitor’s Rally

Over the 31st August – 2nd September weekend the Society hosted its annual rally for visiting locomotives. In spite of the published dates the rally seems to get underway earlier each year. This year several of our own members were already set up with their caravans by the Wednesday. On Thursday morning the first of…

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Visiting the Railway – Using Sat Nav

For many years in our advertising we have given the postcode of the railway to assist in finding it.  We have just learned that for some 18 months visitors have been trying to access the site via North End Farm in the nearby village of Haynes.  Understandably the patience of the farmer has now become…

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Vulnerable Children

On Thursday 1st August we played hosts to 72 handicapped children and their carers. from St. John’s Special School in Kempston. Everything went according to plan with the superb weather providing the only problem.  Not enough shade with a cloudless sky and temperature above 30 C. A similar visit took place on Thursday 8th with…

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Clubhouse Improvements

The wood plank floor of the Clubhouse developed a number of problems including warping and impregnated dirt.  The answer has been to have installed a welded vinyl covering that should be a great improvement. Gaps have been appearing between wall planks and advice sort on a remedy.  Fortunately this showed that the task is well within the expertise of…

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New Look Station

Haynes End station has seen the erection of the uprights for its canopy.  If all goes well the platforms will soon be protected from rain and the icy wind that seems a permanent fixture, even in the middle of a heatwave.  Not quite on the scale of Kings Cross/St.Pancras but I feel sure that you…

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June Members Meeting

The evening meeting on 10th June was informed and entertained by Ian Couchman of the Saffron Walden Society of Model Engineers. He presented  a talk on both Greensand casting and Lost Wax casting giving detail on each method and the pros and cons associated with them. He described the construction of a waste oil burning…

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June Traction Rally

The weekend of 22nd and 23rd of June sees the Annual Traction Engine Rally. It is important to note that the emphasis is on miniature engines although in the past we have enticed the occasional full size engine to our site. Saturday will be devoted to the Traction Engines and is essentially a private event…

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Visitors From Germany

Sunday 12th May saw a new event in the Society’s history. A visit by a group from a German village twinned with one of ours. Every year the villages exchange visits and it was thought that the railway would add interest. This certainly appeared to be the case as for the few hours spent with us…

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May Activity

Trains were running over the weekend of 26th and 27th May with plenty of visitors. Many were visiting for the first time having learned of our existence from this website. I am always surprised, amazed even, when visitors are from nearby villages and had been unaware of the railway’s presence. The weather held fair with…

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Early May Running

Trains were running over the weekend of 5th and 6th May with warm, yes warm, sunny weather. Visitor numbers were amomg the best for a long time with a healthy influx of first timers.  On the main line there were always four trains in action with, for a short while, five.  Not to be forgotten…

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