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July 2013

Loco 1091 was used on 16 June, Classic Vehicles day, and for the Thomas days on 22 and 23 June. On the latter date, it was joined by Sena 15. 1091 is now fitted with an ex-Denver & Rio Grande Western chime whistle, last heard on Cadbury No.1 when it was at Toddington in the early years of the standard gauge.

Justine was in charge for the Bus Rally on 14 July. Other Sundays have been worked by our Hunslet diesel. Sena 15 is undergoing further work, focussed on the braking system.

Off site, a new foundation ring has now been manufactured for Hunslet 0-4-2T Chaka. It is hoped that some bogies will be made available on loan for the Wembley carriage. Though they are not the World War One D type, they are suitable for the carriage and will enable it to be moved around a lot easier than at present, with the body currently mounted on two ex-Dowty Meco flat wagons. An impressive amount of research is being done into the history of the carriages like ours which worked at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley on the RoadRails system, with quite a number of people with various interests contributing to what is intended to be a published article in due course.

Talking of carriages, some of our working members visited the Bodmin & Wenford Railway in Cornwall last month and were invited to view the ex-GWR Saloon 80973 formerly owned by the DRPS. Progress to restore the carriage for use on the Bodmin line is very impressive and it is hoped to attend in October when the carriage is due to make its inaugural run. We have also been able to supply a lot about the history of the carriage and put the Bodmin railway in contact with Ken Vincent, the founder of the DRPS and the man largely responsible for saving the carriage for preservation.

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