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PLEASE NOTE:

THE BOOKED SPEAKER WAS UNABLE TO COME, AND LAURENCE WALTERS GAVE THE TALK THAT WAS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER.

LAURENCE WILL STILL COME IN NOIVEMBER BUT WILL NOW TALK ABOUT GWR PUBLICITY

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TERRY WALDEN 1936-2017

When Terry joined the queue which stretched from the Town Hall steps into High Street little did he realise that his life was soon to change forever! The occasion was the Annual Exhibition of the Oxford Model Railway Society at which the Oxfordshire Railway Society had a stand. He picked up a programme flyer and shortly afterwards joined the society and the rest, as they say, is history. In February 1982 he was elected to the committee, on which he was to serve for the next thirty years! During that time he has ‘worn many different hats’ including those of Minutes Secretary and the often thankless and at times frustrating position of Programme Secretary. Publicity, including preparing posters for our monthly meetings, and organising the Annual Photographic Competition also came within his remit.

During the late 1980s he wrote several articles for the Society Magazine ‘81F’ and was also a regular contributor to the monthly newsletter ‘Buffer Stop’, even producing his own version, ‘Track Maintenance’ for a short time in 2014. He was also responsible for the first film show, not only collecting the hired-in reels from Oxford station but operating the projector as well! This was, of course, a precursor to the Annual Bumper Film Show which was presented by Alan Willmott for many years; who can forget Terry’s infectious laugh when Alan projected the cartoon he included “especially for Terry”!

He became Chairman in 1992, and in the March 2012 issue of ‘Buffer Stop’ the following question appeared: ‘What have Fabio Capello and Terry Walden got in common’? Answer: ‘They both resigned on the evening of February 8th 2012, but whereas Capello was in the ‘hot seat’ for only 4 years, Terry could boast 20 years at the helm’! In the same issue, Mark Horseman, describing Terry’s 30 years on the committee, wrote…..“he contributed greatly to the Society overseeing the change of venue at least 4 times, recruiting members, raising funds through sales stands, managing the advertising, and through his vast network of friends and acquaintances generally eased the way for the society to thrive…the society owes a great deal to all the behind-the-scenes work as well as being the ‘face of the society’.”

Although not on the committee since 2012 he had continued to have the best interests of the Society at heart, and despite failing health and eyesight forcing him ‘off the road’ he attended as many meetings as possible. In 2015, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Society, he felt the occasion should be commemorated in some way so he baked a cake, or rather his long-suffering wife did!
As Terry himself used to say when friends and acquaintances passed on “he has gone to that great shunting yard in the sky”. He will be sorely missed.

Our condolences go to Maire and sons Hugh and John.

Words: Peter Heath, Photo: Mark Horseman

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The Society recently visited the GLOUCESTERSHIRE WARWICKSHIRE RAILWAY at Toddington, where we were treated to a guided tour of the engine sheds, after being kitted out in High Vis Jackets, with two very knowledgeable guides.
It was good to see several of their flagship locos looking so good. The Southern Railway's Merchant Navy P+O looked magnificent in the sunshine, though it was a pair of GWR 2-8-0's that were running that day. The sounds of the locos, and the aroma, especially in the tunnel, of these large locos working, brought back memories for most of the 14 members and friends who had a lovely day out. Some people went on to see the new station being built at Broadway, and we look forward to another visit in a couple of years time to ride the extended route.

Many thanks to the GWR and the people who made the day special for us.

Photo of P+O 35006 (right).

We were told that 'Peninsular &Oriental Steam Navigation Company' was the longest name on British Railways at that time.

 

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The Society Celebrated 40 years on the 15th January 2015

This was celebrated with a decorated cake featuring the two locomotives which the society has used in it's logo. A British Railways standard 2-10-0 Heavy freight steam engine, and a ( when the society was formed in 1975 ) modern express diesel. Both these locos could be regularly seen around Oxford.
The cake was made by the immediate past chairman's wife and was much appreciated. The cake was decorated and had models of the two locos placed on top.
The membership much appreciated the cake, and it was a surprise to most of them.
One member who was present at the original meeting and is also a past chairman was there, and is shown in the accompanying photos, which show the cake and 4 of the past chairmen, from left to right: Terry Walden, Ralph Newman, Peter Heath, and the current chairman Simon Moppett

 

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Special category for 2017 Photographic Competition is REFLECTIONS

See the 2017 set of winning photos here

See the 2016 set of winning photos here

See the 2015 set of Winning photos here

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Trips

2014

Society Trip to Garden and Woodlands Railway – 27th July 2014
27 July was a great day for being in the garden writes Chris Brennan, particularly if you were in a garden about the size of a football pitch and it contained a 7 ¼ inch gauge railway on which some magnificent Great Western prototype live steam locomotives were operating! This was our Trip to the Operating Day of the late Ted Martin’s Garden and Woodlands Railway in Thame. About 18 ORS members and guests attended together with other visitors.
There were several locomotives in steam, including Kings and Castles and not only could you watch the trains but you could enjoy a ride on a double-headed passenger train by sitting on top of one of 4 carriages. This gave a 5-10 minute trip looping round the garden on embankments, bridges and through cuttings and tunnels.
Ted Martin had tirelessly built most of the infrastructure himself since the 1970s and had plans to further extend the layout including two more bridges, but his death in 2010 sadly meant this wasn't’t to be. Grateful thanks go to Mrs Martin for allowing Ted’s legacy to be enjoyed by others and to her team of helpers who supplied tea and cakes, and to the drivers and engineers who came from as far afield as Devon to run the trains.

LEIGHTON BUZZARD RAILWAY TRIP 6th September 2014

Words and photographs by Brian Higgins

On Saturday 6th September a group of nine Society Members took part in the second summer outing this year arranged by Stuart Hickman. On this occasion it was a visit to the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway for the “Small Engines Steam Up”. This fulfilled a personal promise that has always got pushed aside.
The sun shone for all of us to enjoy the day at this unusual little railway starting at its Southern terminus ‘Pages Park’ with a walk around the engine shed show, which opened in 2013. This houses some of their historic locomotive collection and a display of history boards. The largest of these locos is No.778, a 4-6-0 PT built at the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1917 for the War Department Light Railways.
The Leighton Buzzard 2 foot gauge railway was built in 1919 to transport sand from the local quarries, and continued in operation for that purpose up to the mid-1960s. The line travels north for almost 3 miles to ‘Stonehenge Works’, close to the now-disused quarries. There were seven locomotives in steam for the day, and the train we boarded was hauled by loco No.11 “P.C.Allen”, built by Orenstein & Koppel in 1913. We set off, passing some very active Croquet Greens on the left, then on through modern housing built since the ‘70s, before halting at Leedon Loop to wait for the southbound service to pass, which in this case was two log bogies hauled by a 0-4-0T built by W. G. Bagnall named “Woto”. There are a couple of unguarded road crossings on the way where the guard and fireman have to de-train to stop the traffic whilst the train passes over the road and then re-board to continue. The last stretch of the route is in open country to Stonehenge Works, the whole journey taking approximately 25 minutes.
A hefty 0-4-0T No.9 “Jack” built by Andrew Barclay in 1925, visiting from the West Lancashire Railway, was on pilot duty at the station, and on show is a vast collection of internal combustion locos built by the Motor Rail Company and one or two by Simplex, some of which were used on the line in the past. There were also a couple of Ruston excavators that used to load sand into the wagons.
During the afternoon a mixture of locos were employed on the train service, some of them double-headed. Working on a freight was a very smartly turned out vertical boiler 0-4-0 No.2 “Paddy” from the Chartley Gypsum Mines, No.3 “Risha” by Baguley Cars Ltd.,built in 1921 and originating from India, which was coupled to No.1 “Chaloner” vertical boiler built in 1877. Another pair working together were a 1922 Kerr Stuart 0-4-0ST No.9 “Peter Pan” and a 2005 Hunslet No.3905 “Jennie”.
Altogether it was an interesting day out observing some historic machinery, examples of which had played a part in WW1, and in the centenary year of the War it was gratifying to see the engines now adapted for peaceful purposes.

2013

The society visited the Mid Hants railway this year, on a gloriously sunny day in June. The members were treated to a fascinating conducted tour of the facilities, and given an insight into the future plans for the line. Some fantastic engineering is done in the works at Ropley, and we can all see some of their work output, at work on both the preserved and main lines of the country.

The loco in use on our visit was Southern Railway Schools no 925 Cheltenham, which has recently returned from the Gloucester Warwick Railway, where it is thought it made it's first visit to Cheltenham.

825 Cheltenham approaches at Alresford whilst several members wait for the ride to begin

 

2012

The society visited the Great Central Railway on Wednesday 27th June 2012, and enjoyed a conducted tour of the engine shed and workshops. It is amazing what can be achieved by a small dedicated group of enthusiasts, with just a few paid staff. We saw work being carried out on a boiler with some fairly extensive welding going on whilst we were there, also there was a new throat plate being fabricated.

We were also told about the distinct possibility that a bridge would be built over the A6 just to the north of the Loughborough site, allowing some commercial traffic to use the line. This would be of benefit to the line, but also to Railtrack, the commercial firm involved and the local economy. It could mean a line of about18 miles linking the northern outskirts of Leicester to the southern outskirts of Nottingham, where a tram interchange could situated.

We enjoyed two round trips on the line, and several of us took the opportunity to sample the lines renowned 'ALL DAY BREAKFAST', whilst being steam hauled along the only double track preserved line in the country. Unfortunately engineering work on the line prevented us from getting to Leicester north, the Southern terminus of the line, but it allowed us time to visit the carriage works at Rothley, where the enthusiasts restoring some BR Mk1 carriages were only too pleased to stop for a few minutes to tell us what they were doing. They have just finished restoring a 1930's Teak pigeon bogie vehicle, which looked magnificent.

 

Photographic Competition Winners 2011

Photographic Competition Winners 2012

Photographic Competition Winners 2013

Photographic Competition Winners 2014

Photographic Competition Winners 2015

Photographic Competition Winners 2016

Photographic Competition Winners 2017

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The 2017 edition of 81F (The societies journal in full colour)
is available and costs £3.00. Some past editions are also available at £3 each.
Post and Packing £1 if required.

 

 

 

 


 

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