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Solihull Model Railway Circle - Class 24 No. 24081 in BR rail blue livery, on shed at Toddington on the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway, 1st September 2002

Solihull Model Railway Circle - Hall class No. 6960 'Ravenington Hall' at Toddington on the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway, 1st September 2002

Solihull Model Railway Circle - Class 37 No. 37324 'Clydebridge' on the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway, 1st September 2002

Solihull Model Railway Circle - Hall class No. 6960 'Ravenington Hall' at Toddington on the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway, 1st September 2002

Solihull Model Railway Circle - Class 37 37324 'Clydebridge' shows it shed logo, Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway 1st September 2002

Solihull Model Railway Circle - Class 37 37324 'Clydebridge' in rail blue livery at Toddington on the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway, 1st September 2002


Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway

Club Outing: 1st September 2002

Jim, Julien, Ray and I arrived at johns on Sunday 1st September at around 9am. We/John decided, as there were only five of us that we should go in his car.

I volunteed to sit in the middle and as Ray sat in the front he was automatically volunteered to map read.  We arrived at the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway with 15 minutes to spare before the 1st train left.  We watched a hall back out of the loco yard and onto our train, so went to buy our tickets.

Ray decided we should travel in 1st class and we all agreed! With our 1st class ticket we boarded the train, it wasn't long until the train left and was passing through some beautiful countryside. The coach lighting came on and from a whistle from loco we entered a tunnel. It wasn't long after the tunnel that we came to the end of the line - still have not got to Cheltemham racecourse! - The loco, ran round and headed back to Toddington.

At the passing point we stopped to let another train pass. I got up and headed for the first empty door window to photograph the train. With a distant rumble of a diesel loco and then defendant horn of a diesel, a nose of a 'tractor' (class 37) appeared around the corner. I took a picture of the rail blue 'tractor' and as it passed noticed it had a nameplate and depot logo. So I rushed off to a window next to the nameplate and logo. On return to the compartment Ray said ' we caught the wrong train - Rob' I agreed!

At Toddington we got back off the train. John headed for the secondhand books in the shop and we had a quick look around and then went and watched/photographed the hall run round and on to the train once again. It was going to be about an hour before the 37 came back and Ray and I wanted to see it again. The others decide it was a good time to eat. Ray’s lunch attracted some yellow and black, little friends, which John whacked into oblivion with has newly acquired books. The 37 came and I went off to photograph it some more as it ran round its train.

We then set off for Pendon, getting lost in Oxford and coming across a toll bridge, which John had to pay 5p – outrageous! At Pendon we saw some excellent layouts. I knew my layout was crap compared to our circle’s layout, but their layouts put ours to shame. The time and lengths they go to is amazing, but I and most of our club members would get bored with the pace that things move at. Whilst looking at the Dartmoor layout we spotted Rob and his sons, whom we meet up with in the café at the end. After a chat and cup of tea, Rob and his sons headed back to Solihull and we went back to look at the Dartmoor layout. After the other visitors had left, John asked if we could look around the back of the layout. The fiddle yards have canopies over them to keep the dust off the trains. The wires underneath make our spaghetti look simple!

We then headed back to Johns. I would like to thank Ray for organizing the trip and for map reading – even thou we missed the turning to avoid Oford and John, for driving and putting up with us in his car. To those who did not come you missed a really good day out.

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RAR.


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