A New Season

Sunday 6th April saw the start of the 2014 public running season.  The weather forecast was far from favourable but there was an excellent turn out of members.  The Club’s steam locomotive, Loch Treig, was not available needing a number of minor repairs to its boiler fittings. However, Lewis, the large diesel was ready for…

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Welcome To 2014

A series of problems affecting yours truly have left this page woefully out of date. However with the New Year upon us things should be better. This is the time in the calendar when members go into hibernation but with a video of the North British Loco Works on offer at the 13th January meeting…

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End of Year Meeting

The November meeting featured a presentation by The Railway Sub-Committee outlining the progress made during the year with the start of the Haynes End canopy build as the highlight. More mundane but essential has been work on track renovation that will continue well into 2014. December started with the Santa Specials which proved as good,…

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Monday Talk in October

The title of the October talk was “The use of Wind Tunnels in aircraft design”. The speaker who was head of wind tunnel facilities at De Havilland,  Hatfield gave a very interesting illustrated talk, explaining in some detail the types of wind tunnel for slow, medium and high speed flight simulation on scaled models.  Also…

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September Happenings

The members’ meeting on Monday 9th was graced by a presentation on Gauge 3 railways by Alan Marsden.  He showed  a number of videos of layouts (some with on train cameras) and a display of locomotives and rolling stock belonging to him and other members.  It was a surprise to some present that Gauge 3…

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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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