Words by J. Penny. This post can also be viewed on our Facebook Page.
Good day at the GLR today. James drove the 'Big Diesel' No.1 'Amanda' with set 101
(Maroon coaches) and I was signalman/guard for 100 reception-age school children
from Milford School in Yeovil, along with about 20 teachers. Wow! 62 on the
first train and 60 on the second. A little trouble getting up the bank away from
Common Lane due to very wet rail on the first train and generally we were very
windswept although the worst of the rain did hold off. One ride was all they
wanted; but we were happy to oblige. Kids were well behaved and the teachers
charming. The organiser went back with three huge bundles of leaflets and a
stack of Visitors Guides. Okay, so they are now out of date, but as NOT ONE of
the party had even HEARD of the GLR and as the leaflets are effectively waste
paper, the kids will take them home to their parents and tell them how wonderful
we are... Another few seeds sown, and our realisation that we need to do even
more publicity. (The web-site address is on the leaflet and Facebook is
mentioned on the web-site. It's a start!)
Meanwhile C.J. and Ian Matthews were busy making some covers for the contacts that are attached to the arms on various signals. These included the bracket signal
at Common Lane and the Branch Advanced Starter at Pinesway (picture below)The old ones were made of plywood and ended up being held together with duct tape,
latterly there being virtually all tape and no ply. Nevertheless they did
last for 20 years or so. It's good to have Ian back in the fold
particularly as he is a skilled carpenter and a very nice chap to boot.
Ian is now retired from full-time work and was very involved in the early days
of the GLR, he also has a vast library of pictures from those times. Some
are almost unbelievable...
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Open Days 2013