VISIT to WEST HAMPSTEAD POWER SIGNAL BOX
Saturday 12 November 2016.
Fourteen people gathered on a dark and wet morning for
this visit conducted by Operations Manager Robin Morel. Robin opened
proceedings by explaining about the box. Although only opened in 1981,
this power box with a wall-mounted track diagram will disappear in the
next few years. The area it controls will be taken over by new-style
“Signalling Centres” which cover vast areas and have people
looking at computer screens.
Report and photograph - by Bill Davies
Tuesday 16 August 2016
'Didn't we have a loverly time the day we went to Bletchley'.
Trains running on time refreshments very good at Ridgmont and a reasonable
selection of trains to observe plus the sun shone. LCGB Branch Liaison
Officer Robin Patrick came all the way from York to ensure that club
behavi oral standards were adhered to. Good to see you Robin and everyone
else who came including a contingent from Kettering to swell LM's coffers
taking their conductors by surprise.
EAST LONDON TRIP
Saturday 23 July 2016Led by John Downing, this expedition set out to view the lines by which the North London Railway reached central London in the early days.
Broad Street opened in 1865 but from 1850 passenger trains ran from the North of London to Poplar on the way to London Docks then by the London and Blackwall Railway to Fenchurch Strret.
Most of the route is still used today, and we progressed from Highbury to just outside Fenchurch St stopping to visit buildings and other installations, including a preserved scrapyard.
Much of the route is now used by the Docklands Lght Railway.
We rounded off the day by travelling on the remains of the Broad Street line, now used by Overground trains from Wapping to Highbury & Islington.
It had been an enjoyable and instructive day conducted by our genial and very knowledgeable host John Downing..
More photos here
Tuesday 18 August 2015On 18 August (his Birthday) chairman Bill Davies led us on the annual "Trainspotting" trip.
Leaving Bedford at 1055 we first made the short journey to Ridgmont.
Here is the Marston Vale line's Visitor Centre with Shop, Museum and Cafe.
The shop, manned by our Bryan Cross sold many pencils and notebooks.
Jack Turner showed us the Museum which takes the shape of a booking office.
The Cafe did a roaring trade from our group and others and the hour to the next trai to Bletchley had soon passed.
Here we observed the workings until it was time to go home.
Report and photograph - John Morgan
LONDON OVERGROUND TRIP
Saturday 20th June
Despite the Thameslink engineering work that prevented
travel to St.Pancras Bedford club members made it to London on time
travelling via the ECML via Biggleswade and Arlesey.
Marston Vale Day
|Our members can join other Branches’ visits. Here is a view from a recent St Albans Branch visit to St Albans South Signal Box.|
We organise occasional visits etc. to places of
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by Brian Cross