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Special STCL Members’ Visit to the Ise Valley Railway near Finedon, Northamptonshire, 21/22 March 2020
On behalf of the Sandtoft Transport Centre Ltd and British Trolleybus Society Joint Working Group, I am pleased to announce that the Museum Board has accepted a kind offer from Francis Terry to donate his 7¼” Gauge railway. One of the objectives set for the Group is to provide additional attractions at Sandtoft and the railway will be the first, once a suitable route has been agreed and the necessary groundwork completed.
As Francis and his wife Rachel are planning to move this summer, they have kindly agreed to host a ‘farewell’ weekend to the railway in its present location before dismantling begins, especially for our members to see for themselves the potential that this type of railway has. It is no ordinary 7¼” gauge ‘miniature’ line with scaled-down mainline engines, but a working ‘minimum gauge’ railway.
This will be a unique opportunity to visit this line, which has never been open to the public; it has been arranged for the afternoons of Saturday and Sunday, 21st and 22nd March, between 2pm and 5.30pm. Rachel has kindly offered to provide tea and cakes mid-afternoon. No charge is being made but any donations toward the installation of the railway at Sandtoft will be much appreciated.
IMPORTANT - Because this is a private site numbers on each day necessarily will be limited to approximately 20 visitors. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and members may bring not more than 1 guest, (though more may be considered for family groups with children, or if there are still places available nearer to the date.) Entry will be strictly by pre-booking, so exact details of the location will only be forwarded to those lucky people a week or so before the event.
What we need to know…
- Your name and address, and that of any guest you wish to bring
- Your contact details (phone number and/or email address) so we can send the relevant details
- Which day (Saturday or Sunday) you would prefer to visit, or either if not specific
- How you would propose to arrive, or if transport may be needed eg from a local station
- If you have any special requirements, eg accessibility or dietary (probably best to phone to discuss)
Please let me have these details by email, phone or ‘snailmail’ – all details below.
On-site parking is quite limited so car-sharing would be appreciated if groups can travel together. (If coming by car and you have spare seats, you may be asked to liaise with others local to you to travel together.)
Wheelchair access is possible to much of the estate and gardens to view the railway, but not on the train itself.
I feel sure that once members see what can be done, visions for its future use at the museum will become much clearer. It is truly delightful in its present setting, so book quickly to come and sample it for yourself! We are extremely grateful to Francis and Rachel for offering us the railway, and this unique opportunity.
Thanks, Graham Bilbé, Event Co-ordinator for STCL
Please reply direct to Graham at 12, Belle Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG6 7BL. Tel 0118 966 5983 (evenings after 6.30) or email email@example.com
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