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North West Area Group
The North West Area Group exists to promote the Talyllyn Railway in the North West. We publicise the Railway at Model Railway Shows throughout the area. We also need help manning the sales/publicity boards at shows (details below). The best form of publicity is undoubtedly talking to members of the public at shows; believe it or not but there are members of the public who have not heard of the TR!
We typically have a Working Party at least once a year on the Railway, typically in the autumn (usually part of Autumn Outdoor Week); please contact the Transport Officer (see below) if you would like to come along.
As regards social events, we have a Group outing in the Spring/Early Summer, an AGM with speaker in October and in January we have the Area Annual Dinner. Members and friends are welcome at all these events.
We try to keep Members in the Area informed of forthcoming events by e-mail; if you would like to be on the e-mail mailing list, please contact the Area Secretary (contact details below).
The North West Area Group Committee meets every couple of months. We always welcome new members onto the committee so please contact the Secretary if you are interested. The next North West Area Group Committee Meeting will take place on Tuesday 13th June 2017. Please contact us by e-mail or telephone if you have any questions or issues you wish your committee discuss. Webpage last updated on 01/04/2016.
We also now have Area comments on Twitter and Facebook.
Rainford Model Railway Exhibition (Narrow Gauge Show and 2017 009 Society AGM) 1st April 2017
The venue for this show is: - All Saints Parish Hall, Church Road, Rainford, near St Helens, Merseyside, WA11 8HE
Rail Road 2017 Model Railway & Transport Show 8th & 9th April 2017.
The venue for this show is: - Astley Sports College Yew Tree Lane Dukinfield SK16 5BL
Visit to Wirral Model Engineering Society Railway at Royden Park, Wallasey 3rd June 2017
WMES have invited us to visit their miniature railway once again. The address is Wirral Model Engineering Society, The Sidings, Royden Park, Frankby, Wirral, CH48 1NP
Visit to Middlefield Garden Railway Friday 14th July 2017
Barbara and Derek Eaton have very kindly offered to host another open evening with their garden railway.
Wigan Model Railway Exhibition 30th September & 1st October 2017
For more information on the show see: -
The venue for this show is: - Robin Park Sports & Tennis Centre, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UH
FMRC 55th Model Railway & Transport Exhibition, Barrow 14th & 15th October 2017
For more information on the show see FMRC website: -
The venue for this show is: Barrow Sixth Form College, Rating Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, LA13 9LE.
Merseyside Model Railway Society Exhibition Wallasey 28th & 29th October 2017
For more information on the show see: -
The venue for this show is: - Mosslands School, Mosslands Drive, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH45 8PJ.
Donation of Railway Books
Ken & Gill Dodd have donated her late father’s collection of railway books for us to sell in aid of the Talyllyn Railway. They produced a list of the books; please contact the Secretary if you would like a copy of this list to peruse. As the collection of books largely relates to the London & Northern Eastern Railway (LNER) and its pre-grouping constituent companies, the books may be of particular interest LNER related enthusiasts, groups and
societies. We have now moved this collection of books from their home in Suffolk to TR Wharf Shop (thanks to Carol for organising this).
Alan Chorlton & Peter Bold Photograph Collection
Alan Chorlton & Peter Bold (late members of the Northwest Area Committee) bequeathed their collection of mainly railway photographs to the Area when they passed away. These photos cover the TR (mainly the early years of the TR under the Society), Manx Electric Railway, Isle of Man Steam Railway, Welshpool & Llanfair Railway, Leek & Manifold Railway and British Rail main line steam locos to mention just a few examples. A number of photos of the TR from this collection have been published in a number of books. The whole photo collection is now in the process of being scanned/digitised with the ultimate intention of making the collection available via this webpage.
Area Annual Dinner 22nd January 2016
The venue once again will be The Horseshoe Inn, Smithy Lane, Croft, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 7HQ. The event was attended by twenty one members and friends for the North West Area and in one case much further afield. From much further afield we were delighted to welcome no less that Richard Hope.
Area Outdoor Working Party 14th & 15th November 2015
A successful Area working party was held on the 14th/15th November 2015. Unfortunately as it was final weekend of Autumn Outdoor Week there wasn't much for our group to do. It would probably be better to attend for the first weekend of Autumn Outdoor Week in 2016.
Southport Model Railway Exhibition 7th & 8th November 2015
Southport Model Railway Exhibition has moved to a new venue this year at Greenbank School in Birkdale. It is a good venue with plenty of space and rooms. Our stand was in a room of fine scale model makers and as such most visitors to the stand were already aware of the Talyllyn. However, some families showed interest and we may thus have possibly recruited a new "Tracksider". Sadly we got the usual comments from "non enthusiasts" about distance to Tywyn being off-putting for a day trip. However this was a good show and it is important to be out there “waving the flag” for the Railway.
Merseyside Model Railway Society Exhibition, Wallasey, 31st October & 1st November 2015
This was another good exhibition highlighting the importance of flying the flag and keeping the name of the Talyllyn Railway in the public eye. We had usual mix of visitors to the stand from railway enthusiasts to families. The photographs of the Awdry engines on the railway provide a good talking point and attracted youngsters to the display, giving the chance to try to encourage families to visit Tywyn. Also we had good networking opportunities to talk to other railways and exhibitors.
Annual General Meeting 13th October 2015
The venue once again was the Ship & Mitre, 133 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2JH. The brief AGM formalities were followed by a most interesting talk by Tony Kuivala on the Statfold Barn Light Railway.
This railway is privately owned. Although the Statfold Barn Railway is not open to the public, a number of “Enthusiasts’ Days” are held each year and interested enthusiasts may apply for an invitation to one of these events. At most Open Days, Statfold’s own locomotives are joined by one or two interesting visitors from other railways. Locomotives from the Statfold collection also make occasional appearances on various heritage railways around Britain and at major model railway exhibitions and other special events.
Locomotives and rolling stock of five different gauges (including 4' 8½") can run on different parts of the railway at Statfold, and a sixth gauge is represented in the rolling stock collection. The main line, or Field Railway, is dual gauge (2’0” & 2’6”) and is laid out to allow a continuous “out and back” run of over three miles.
Tony has kindly given copies of these photos from his talk for us to publish here in this webpage.
Futher information on the Statfold Barn Railway can be found on their website:
FMRC 53rd Model Railway & Transport Exhibition, Barrow 10th & 11th October 2015
This was good show and the Morts' model railway layout added to our presence. We handed out plenty of timetables and talked to lots of folk too. It is always difficult to assess the impact of attending shows but it always keeps the TR in the public eye, if nothing else. The TR 150 celebrations helped, gave us a talking point to start conversations with the added events too. We emphasised the Tracksiders which is a real bonus we have over most others lines which have little or nothing for the youngsters (some lines it’s 16 before you can become active by which time, we suspect, you’ve lost them anyway to something else).
Wigan Model Railway Exhibition 3rd & 4th October 2015
Someone donated us some Awdry books (samples just visible in the photo!) for us to "sell" for small donations. Thanks to all who help stewarding the stand over the two days of this show.
Liverpool University Public Transport Society (LUPTS) Bus Tour to Llangollen Railway, Talyllyn Railway and Corris Railway 2nd May 2015
This was effectively a TR event in part as the party included 9 TR members. The bus was an ex-Royal Blue Bristol RE. The Secretary nearly missed joining the tour due to oversleeping! The departure of the bus from central Liverpool was delayed by 10 minutes to allow the Secretary to join it. Happily time was made up and we were only around 5 minutes late arriving in Llangollen for members of the party to make a one way journey on the Llangollen Railway from Llangollen to Corwen East Temporary Station by vintage diesel multiple unit train. The bus departed on time from Corwen but it struggled with the much steeper hills around Cross Foxes such that our arrival into Abergynolwyn was at least 10 minutes late (the unplanned loo stop at Bala clearly didn’t help much with our keeping to our planned time schedule either!). The TR kindly delayed the departure of the 12:10 train from Abergynolwyn train to allow the LUPTS party to catch it (this causing some minor train pathing issues for the TR and our train crossed others at locations other than originally timetabled). Thus we cause some disruption to one of the TR 150th celebration days! Most members of the party opted for a guided tour of Pendre. It was slightly eerie to see the carriage sheds empty and deserted. Onwards to Wharf on foot, most to the party opted for lunch in the Kings Café (for many of us that included a pint of their excellent real al as well). From Tywyn Wharf, the tour continued to Corris for a visit to the Corris Railway. We approached Corris up the Dulas Valley road, the CR trackbed still extent for most the way alongside the road. We had a ride on their train hauled to and propelled back from Maespoeth by their Loco no. 7. We were given a guided tour of the facilities at Maespoeth (original loco shed and recently constructed carried shed). We ended our visit to the CR with a tour of their museum in the original goods shed at Corris including afternoon tea with excellent bara brith. When we emerged from the CR museum our driver had managed to turn the coach round; how he managed this in the narrow streets of Corris and Corris Uchaf I am not altogether sure. From then the journey back to Liverpool was almost none stop but with a short stop for butties etc in Mold.
Diesel multiple unit at Llangollen Station
Bristol RE Bus ready to depart from Corwen
TR No. 3 hiding away from 150 celebrations in North Carriage Shed
TR No. 4 on mixed train as part of 150 celebrations approaching Pendre Block Post
CR No. 7 at Maespoeth
A very happy trip organiser at Corris
Area Annual Dinner 16th January 2015
The Area Annual Dinner was held once again at the Horseshoe Inn, Smithy Lane, Croft, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 7HQ. Further details of the venue can found from this link:
The dinner was attended by seven members and friends.
Southport Model Railway Exhibition 8th & 9th November 2014
At this show our display stay was set up next door to Bolton Model Railway Club’s delightful little “Jewal Line” layout. The link was that most of the BMRC members manning their layout and stand are also members of the TRPS and so they manned the TRPS publicity stand as well.
TRPS NWA display boards/stand with Bolton Model Railway Club “Jewal Line” layout far left.
Bolton Model Railway Club “Jewal Line” layout. Their layout was controlled entirely from smart phones and tablet computers over wifi to a Raspberry Pi computer which was wired into the layout itself.
Your web scribe and Secretary was allowed to try out this new-fangled way of controlling a layout on the Sunday.
Merseyside Model Railway Exhibition, Wallasey 1st & 2nd November 2014
We were very busy on the Saturday and the Sunday. Once again were next door to the Llangollen Railway publicity stand; on the Saturday their chap was rather enviously admiring the TR photo display boards (which only take about a minute to unpack and position on the display tables).
“Non-Working” Visit to TR, 18th & 19th October 2014
In October, ten friends from the North West area group had a weekend visit to the Talyllyn Railway. On the drive down to Tywyn, we stopped in Bala for breakfast before heading on to Tywyn, where we arrived in time to travel up the line on the 1030 train from Wharf with Edward Thomas in charge. It was good to see how busy the train was and we were fortunate to have reserved seats in advance.
At Nant Gwernol we walked up the inclines to the old Bryn Eglwys Quarry and on to the village of Abergynolwyn for a well-deserved beer and lunch in the Railway Inn where we were joined by two more friends. Most of the party then walked back up the ravine to Nant Gwernol for the train back to Wharf, whilst another caught the train at Abergynolwyn having spent a little longer in the pub! After checking into our guest house, it was time to head to the Salt Marsh Kitchen on the High Street for our evening meal after having pre-dinner drinks in a local hostelry.
Sunday saw a few of the party help David Ventry and Keith Theobald deliver sleepers which had been drilled during the previous week, to site for future track relaying, whilst others took the opportunity to visit the Corris Railway or go walking in the Welsh hills.
A very pleasant weekend in spite of the BQM getting some of us to work!
Exploring Bryn Eglwys Quarry
The Llechfan garden railway at Wharf
Tywyn sea-front (was the photographer standing in the briny perhaps?)
Proof that some of us worked on the Sunday! “The gang” at Quarry Siding
Corris Railway carriage no. 7 (in their museum); left hand end represents its use as a chicken shed after being withdrawing in 1930 and right hand end has been restored
Corris Railway carriage (operational)
Corris Railway Maespoeth Yard (& station)
2014 Area AGM, 14th October 2014
This year we returned to the Ship and Mitre in Liverpool. Unfortunately despite the more central venue within the Area, the AGM was rather poorly attended. The guest speaker was Hugh Hollinghurst who gave a very interesting illustrated talk on the Liverpool Overhead Railway.
FMRC Model Railway Exhibition, Barrow 11th – 12th October 2014
This was a well-attended show. Our stand was by a door so visitors did not tend to linger. As ever the attendance of the TR stand at the show was well received.
Wigan Model Railway Exhibition 7th - 8th June 2014
We did not get the space we are normally allocated. The reason for the lack of space was due to a table along the same side of that hall labelled “FR”; as it turned out no-one turned up from that society over the entire weekend! We had free internet connection in the hall so the TR website was displayed on the flat screen TV at various points in the weekend. On the Saturday Emily made a number of posts onto the Facebook page she has set up for TRPS NWA. Also notable on the Saturday was a seven year old boy who sat spellbound in front of our stand and watched “Railway with a Heart of Gold” maybe 20 times! There were a lesser number of visitors to the show and our stand on the Sunday. Anyway many thanks to Carol & Emily for helping to man the stand on the Saturday and to Rob & Jonathan (Cadwallader) for helping to man the stand on the Sunday. Thanks also to Carol for laminating all sorts of leaflets for the stand. We have already been invited to the Wigan show in 2015 when the dates will be 3rd – 4th October. For more information see Wigan Finescale Railway Modellers website: -
Over the weekend we also received personal invitations to attend (Manchester) Aviation & Transport Festival 2014 and the Conwy N Gauge Model Railway Exhibition; flyers for both of these shows were circulated in the committee meeting. The flyer for the Conwy show has since been forwarded to the Tywyn Area Group.
Visit to Wirral Model Engineering Society 14th June 2014
Wirral Model Engineering Society, operate a combined 3.1/2" & 5" Raised Track and a Ground Level 7.1/4" track in The Sidings, Royden Park, Frankby, Wirral CH48 1NP. For more information on the venue see WMES website: -
Only six TR NWA people turned up on this visit but all were made very welcome by the members of WMES. Everyone (including Tony!) had a go at driving the steam engines. It was lovely to spend the day exploring the line and chatting to WMES members, and everyone remarked how well we were looked after, and how the day had exceeded their expectations. It is hoped that going forward we can further develop the relationship between our two railways.
Area Working Party 9th -10th November 2013
A North West Area working party was organised for 9th -10th November which was the first weekend of Autumn Outdoor Week. Members and friends joined a larger AOW working party relaying between MP 4 1/4 and 4 1/2. The existing track was cleared on the Saturday. By the end of Sunday, all the new sleepers were laid out, the north rails were all fixed in place with screw spikes and fixing of the south rails had commenced. Hopefully we can post some photos of the working party activities in due course. We had a meal at an Indian restaurant in Tywyn on the Saturday evening; the food was excellent but the service was rather less so (it took 3 hours for a two course meal!).
Merseyside Model Railway Exhibition 26th – 27th October 2013
The venue for this show was Mosslands School, Mosslands Drive, Wallasey. As usual we took the Area publicity boards, flat screen TV/DVD player & DVDs (and your webmaster made use of his laptop computer). At this show we were herded to together with display/sales stands from other preservationist groups (Merseyrail 502 Group and the Llangollen Railway). The TRPS display stand attracted quite a lot of interest so much so that by the end of the show we had hardly any leaflets to take home.
TR display boards at Merseyside MRE, Wallasey
For more information about this show visit the website: -
North West Area Annual General Meeting 16th October 2013
The Area AGM was held at Tunnel Top Bar & Restaurant, Northwich Road, Dutton, Cheshire. The brief formalities of the Area Annual General Meeting (including the voting in of two new ordinary committee members!) was followed by a very entertaining talk by Phil Braithwaite entitled "South African Steam".
Southport Model Railway Exhibition 28th – 29th September 2013
The venue for this show was Birkdale High School. We took the Area publicity boards, flat screen TV/DVD player & DVDs to Southport Model Rail Exhibition (the same weekend as many members would have been attending a more prestigious Society event in Tywyn). Many thanks to Area members who manned the stand at this show. We had quite a good location as it was by the door leading from one hall to the other. As well as running the DVDs (mainly "Railway With a Heart of Gold"), we also ran a slide show of the Alan Chorlton photo collection from time to time (which generated quite a bit of interest). At least 2 models of TR No. 2 were being exhibited on various layouts (see below).
TR display boards at Southport (we did not have any control over the locations of the waste bin and fire extinguisher!)
4mm/foott scale 009 TR No. 2 with slate wagons on "Bassendale" layout
5.5mm/foot 16.5mm gauge TR No. 2 with TR train on "Pen-y-Bont" layout
For more information about this show visit the website: -
Southport Model Engineering Club 8th September 2013
Six people from TRPS NWA visited to Southport Model Engineering Club on Sunday 8th September 2013 following an excellent pub lunch at the “Fisherman’s Rest”. Four 5” gauge locomotives were being operated that day. The steam locomotives were a model of TR No. 2 Dolgoch, a freelance model 0-6-0 saddle tank “Southport” and a model of a Great Northern Railway 2-8-0 tender loco. The fourth loco was a battery powered model of a “Hymek” class diesel. Once again SMEC club members made us most welcome. We had nice sunny weather till around 4pm when sadly it started to rain
Weblink for SMEC: - http://www.southportmec.co.uk/
Wigan Model Railway Exhibition 15th-16th June 2013
We took the Area publicity boards, videos & DVDs to Wigan Model Rail Exhibition. Many thanks to Area members who manned the stand at this show. On the Sunday your webmaster made use of his laptop computer not only to run the DVD of "Railway with a Heart of Gold" but also to show visitors the TRPS website (and the NWA webpage too!)
For more information visit Wigan Finescale Railway Modellers’ website: -
One Day Canal Cruise Along Llangollen Canal from Trefor Basin 15th June 2013
About 10 members and friends met for a one day canal cruise starting from Trefor Basin, Llangollen on Saturday 15th June. Unfortunately the boat had to be returned by 4 pm so the cruise was not very long. We stopped at Chirk to do a little industrial archaeology. We had a look at the trackbed of the formerly Glyn Valley Tramway adjacent to Chirk (Network Rail) Station. One of members managed to get sufficient mobile phone signal to surf the internet and open the web pages of both groups who are trying to re-open or conserve/preserve the GVT. We have very nice weather despite the forecast. Another high point of the day was the truly magnificent birthday cake which his girlfriend had made for one of our members (everyone got at least one piece). Some more railway archaeology was noted on the wharf of the canal basin at Trefor in the form of some approximately 2' gauge track inset in the loading wharf; this was the end of a line about 1km long which linked the canal basin with an adjacent quarry.
GVT trackbed near Chirk
Froncysyllte lift bridge
Crossing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
TRPS NWA Presentation to Southport Model Engineering Club 22nd February 2011
Steve Powell along with Rob Marsh and a couple of others went to the Southport Model Engineering Club's regular meeting. The topic, the Talyllyn Railway via a slide presentation - we are hoping to move to laptop with projector soon! An appreciative audience of around 25 very much enjoyed the talk and, as a result, may add some visitors to our numbers this year! It was very nice to be greeted, as we entered their clubrooms, by 2 3.5" gauge locos, to be precise No 2 and No 4 in our own fleet. We hope to arrange a Summer Sunday visit to them in 2013 whilst they are operating. More information on Southport Model Engineering Club can be found on their website: -
TR Autumn Outdoor Week 4th - 13th November 2011
This is society-wide event (rather than being an Area Working Party) but this year around 5 North West Area members (plus friends and one work colleague) participated in this effort which was mainly concerning the relaying to the track through Wharf Cutting. With slight tongue-in-cheek here is a picture of your web scribe doing some real railway work for once in the role of rail mule (hauling a pair of rails on a track skate from Pendre to the "rail head" in Wharf Cutting).
TRPS Northwest Area AGM & Talk Wednesday 12th October 2011
The Area AGM once again took place at the Ship & Mitre, 133 Dale Street, Liverpool, L3 2JH. A minute's silence was observed in light of the then breaking sad news about Roy Smith. The AGM was followed by a talk by Dave Smallshaw of the Sankey Canal Restoration Society on the Sankey Canal (which was the earliest canal built during the industrial revolution). More information about that society can be found on their website.
The Sankey Canal Restoration Society (SCARS) was formed in 1985, with the help and encouragement of the St. Helens Groundwork Trust. The principal aim of the Society is to achieve the full restoration of the Canal. To bring this about, the Society actively publicises and promotes the cause of the Canal, particularly in the three Boroughs through which it runs - Widnes (Halton), Warrington, and St Helens. To date most of the canal has been conserved, much of it is still in water and a small part is navigable.
Furness Model Railway Club 49th Model Railway & Transport Exhibition, Barrow Saturday & Sunday, 8th & 9th October 2011
The North West Area were represented at the Furness Model Railway Club's (FMRC's) 49th annual exhibition at their new venue of Barrow Sixth Form College, Rating Lane, Barrow in Furness LA13 9LE.
The Club had taken the decision, after many years at the Forum in Duke Street, formerly the Civic Hall, to move to this new site and this proved to be successful. The free parking and the free shuttle bus (Vintage, of course, provided by the Barrow Transport Group) to and from the city centre (Town Hall) and railway station, helped and the influx of visitors as the bus arrived was noticeable.
The well attended show had 12 excellent and varied layouts, including their own "Coppell" OO, supported by many other attractions including model boats, aircraft, radio cars and the usual trade and sales stands and the College's cafeteria did a roaring trade from both visitors and exhibitors alike.
Our publicity boards, with new DVD presentations, attracted much attention being near the entrance and we were able to talk to many and encourage them to make the visit to ourselves. We need to ensure that we always have a good supply of information not only about the TR but our area and accommodation. It was noticeable being able to supply this made the visitors think about a visit.
We have attended every exhibition the FMRC have held since 1972 (except 1976 when all our volunteers were required in Tywyn to help with the deadline for opening the Extension!) and their 50th show next year should be something special.
Southport Model Railway Society Exhibition Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th September 2011
The 38th Annual Model Railway Exhibition presented by Southport Model Railway Society took place at Birkdale High School, Windy Harbour Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 3DT.
For more details follow this link: -
We took the area publicity boards (with many new photos) and more stewards than in recent years. Also this was the first outing of our new flat screen TV DVD player which we have obtained recently to replace our ageing portable TV and VHS video player. The Talyllyn Railway stand was near the entrance to the hall. We couldn't have had a better location! Our display looked superb down to the efforts of Tony Barbara and Derek setting up on Friday and manning the stand on Saturday. How do you measure whether the show was a success for TRPS? We received 21 questionnaires, more than previously.
A number of comments were overheard about how good the display at Talyllyn looked. We received invitations to several shows which are new to us.
One Day Canal Cruise Saturday 3rd September 2011
We arranged 1 day canal cruise from Burscough on 3rd September. The canal trip was good though it rained most of the day. The trip was attended by eight either members or friends of members. However the various planned itineraries from Burscough to either Wigan or Tarleton were impossible after the boatyard prohibited us from going through locks (due to “insurance” considerations) and then removed the windlass from the boat. We considered buying a windlass, forfeiting the deposit and leaving their boat half way up the Wigan 21!! So as it turned out we just cruised from Burscough to Appley Bridge Lock and back again. One of the crew (Rob - see broad grin on lower photo below) did manage to borrow a windlass when we reach Appley Bridge Lock as we helped several other boats through the lock. Sadly we did resist the temptation to follow one of the other boats through that lock. We moored up slightly below Appley Bridge Lock and had a very pleasant buffet lunch prepared by Carol and Barbara.
Garden Railway Visit 17th June 2011
All those who attended Barbara and Derek Eaton's Garden Railway event on Friday 17th June had a very pleasant evening. As well as the excellent display of radio controlled 32mm gauge live steam models, Derek, Barbara & Phil laid on two barrels of excellent real ale and an excellent buffet supper.
Southport Model Railway Exhibition 24th & 25th September 2010
We took the area publicity display boards to this model railway exhibition. We organised questionnaires for visitors to the exhibition to complete to find out how much they knew about the TR. Unfortunately due to a last minute change of plan, it was not possible for the stand to be stewarded this year (so members of the public did not get to see our video of "Railway With a Heart of Gold").
IWA Tom Rolt 100 Rally in Chester 26th & 27th June 2010
Chester was Tom Rolt’s birthplace so in the Centenary Year of his birth, the Chester Branch of the Inland Waterways Association organised their Centenary Rally at the city’s Tower Wharf.
TR loco no. 7 Tom Rolt was taken to the event and displayed there on a low loader (reflecting Tom's involvement with both the TR and the IWA).
Staff and volunteers from Tywyn "manned" no. 7 at the event (see article in September 2010 TR News). TR Northwest Area members manned a sales stand - the first Area sales event for a number of years.
Canal Trip 12th June 2010
We hired a small day boat ("Poppy") from Black Prince Narrowboat Holidays, Bartington Wharf near Acton Bridge for a day cruise along the Trent & Mersey Canal to the Anderton lift and thence along the Weaver Navigation to Saltersford Lock (and back again). The part of about 8 people enjoyed glorious weather and a lovely picnic on board. Going down then later back up the Anderton Lift was a particularly impressive experience.
Heaton Park Tram Museum Visit in Memory of Arthur Sancto 25th April 2010
This event was in memory Arthur Sancto who was a life member, from the 1960s, a volunteer in the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society and latterly a member of the TRPS North West Area committee for several years. He died on 3rd March 2009 after a short battle with cancer.
The operation of their horse tram (see picture below) had been sponsored for the day in Arthur’s memory by TR member John Pigott, who was an apprentice along with Arthur at Swindon Locomotive Works and took part in working parties on the TR with him in the 1960s. The 25th April would have been Arthur’s 66th birthday.
Sadly on the day, due to the wet conditions, the museum decided not to operate the horse tram. Those who attended had to content themselves with rides on the various electric trams (including Manchester 765).
After this event (over the spring and summer) over £600 was raised for the TR from the sale of Arthur Sancto’s railway models. Arthur's widow Elaine agreed that this money be used to buy a new strimmer for the Outdoor Gang.