Update from Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August. By Jon Tooke, Terry Deacon and Matt Cambourne
Its been a busy weekend for the group. On Saturday D1010 was used to haul a railtour through to Minehead, heading up some maroon coaches as pictured below. D1661 was used on the service train substituting for the DMU on Saturday as well at short notice.
On shed D7017 has been given a full repaint now by Graham and is pictured below resplendent in its refreshed livery ready to attend the Old Oak Common open day on Saturday 2nd September. She will then head off to the Great Central Railway to appear at their diesel gala.
Also on Saturday we had our AGM with John Cronin stepping down as Chairman to be replaced by Martin Howard. Julien Weston steps up to the position of Vice Chairman.
On Sunday we had a very special do for John whos 75th birthday also took place over the weekend. D7017 was used to haul the lunchtime Quantock Belle Dining Train, and a number of us attended to ride along with John to celebrate his long service as Chairman as well as his birthday. Luckily John will still be heavily involved with the group, just a little less pressure.
Top three pictures by Terry Deacon showing:- -D1661 having finish the service train and shunted stock into siding No 1 waiting for a clear path back into the shed at Westridge. -D1010 arriving Minehead with incoming main line rail tour. -D1010 having delivered the rail tour train back to Bishopd Lydeard from Minehead she passes 60009 Union of South Africa which will take the train back to London.
Middle four from Jon Tooke showing the excellently turned out D7017 around Williton.
Bottom three from Sunday showing D7017 sporting special headboard and John Cronin along with his special birthday cake made by Julie Tucker.