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Foxfield Gala 18th & 19th July 2009

Discussion in 'Galas and Events' started by Glenalmond, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Glenalmond

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    We all hope that No11 will be back before too long, first time outside for many years, did no harm !. The railway has almost finished funding Whiston, Hawarden & Heath next up. First moves on Hawarden are to order new brake blocks & springs, the Heath is ready for a boiler lift. Mr T & Mr B having a think about things last night - We need the engine to pair up with Bellerophon next year.

    I think that Moss Bay could pop out next year for part of the display - now that is rare. Once in 20 years I think !. Quite a few people interested in the Knotty coach trust, links on this Forum. Colin Wright has donated a print of castle 4000 at Wolverhampton Low Level to raise funds for the project. A raffle is in order, let me know if you are interested.

    Cylinder end cover to be fitted to Dubs this weekend to finish the left hand assembly - have to crack on if she is to star in 2010 !.
     
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    Nice shots Nigel. You certainly made the most of the scrap area and wish I had found it earlier. Hopefully it will still be around next year as things like this and, in the past , the old store hut (now buffet) and the rolling stock in the wood give the railway the real industrial atmosphere. This is why it is so good to photograph year after year.
     
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    Spamcan81 Nat Pres stalwart

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    That was me Tim. Were you wearing shorts?
     
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    She'll be in bits again before long. Things are gradually coming together and we hope to start pulling her apart before the end of the year. First BBLS Foxfield charter was Cranford No.2. Chris and Robin couldn't do their usual visiting loco charter so I stepped in and gave it a go. Would this be Dave I'm talking to?
     
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    Sorry - reply fell off !.

    Yes Ian.

    Days of charters, pits, steel works etc.

    The Colliery is as close as we can get, the spirt lives on in our gala - long may it do so. Subject to our board, I think that the time has come to start spending on a wagon fleet again - any charter cash ( may ) be used to fund.
     
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    How yer doin' mate? It grieves me that my sound gear was u/s for the two Shelton charters I managed to attend but that's life, they were great events. I could have sworn I had footage of the Lackenby charter but I'm blowed if I can find it. How many locos do you own now then? Would love to do another charter at the Foxfield, just a matter of finding a combination that hasn't been done to death already by others. What's the status of the line down to Blythe Bridge exchange sidings?
     
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    A couple of shots from Sunday.
     
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    Thanks for the replys Dave (and Nigel!) Ultimate gala paring that from my old memories Hawarden and No11, talk about the world ending listening to them attack the bank!!!

    Im extremely jellous looking at the pictures, last time i was down at Foxfield was when i last greased up 4388 before my dad sold up! Bout time i got my arse in gear and popped in again. (Just make sure you hide 4388 for me though cant bare seeing it still in the same condition from when it was last touched)

    Now on the subject of Moss Bay, arent you afraid that if you drag it outside what it might lead to?! \:D/ \:D/ You might not want to put it away again! You know a Kerr Stuart makes sense!!! lol
     
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    Bagnall's did make the ultimate industrial steam locomotive for the UK, but not for the NCB. With a little luck we will be able to try one of the survivors on the bank one day.... :-$ Nuff said!
     
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    Yes I was. I'm known for it. Once I've started wearing them the trousers dont go back on until October! Nice dog BTW.
     
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    Outside cylinders and Walschaerts valve gear by any chance?
     
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    Yes I was. I'm known for it. Once I've started wearing them the trousers dont go back on until October! Nice dog BTW.[/quote:3qgncjap]

    A very wet and muddy one by the end of the day. He wasn't impressed at all by the weather. :smt003
     
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    Ah you remember Topham then! [-X
     
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    Topham- such a shame it left. Hope it can return one gala when it returns to steam........................
     
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    I was thinking of the ex British Leyland locos from Longbridge to be honest.
     
  18. Glenalmond

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    Topham, what a beast. Several members waiting for the day when she can retun to Staffordshire for the rebuild that she needs so badly, Littleton no 5 is in the same class.
     
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    Remember well the early days of the GCR when Littleton no.5 was the mainstay of passenger services. What a beast! Seeing and hearing her on the bank would be a great pleasure indeed. After that we need Bressingham's Garratt.
     
  20. Glenalmond

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    Indeed - when I was a lad Littleton spent around nine months at Foxfield, before the move to the GCR. She made the Blythe curve sing !. One of my first jobs was to work on this engine - still in NCB blue. Nice, can we have her back as well as Topham please !.
     

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