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GCR(N) Platform Opening Gala (Steam & Diesel)

Discussion in 'Galas and Events' started by Cunni, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. Cunni

    Cunni New Member

    Jan 21, 2009
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    Civil Engineering Technician / AutoCAD Draughtsman
    Alfreton, Derbyshire
    This Weekend - Major Great Central Gala at Ruddington
    The countdown to the GCRN Gala at Ruddington on Saturday coming is
    at full chat - and the major works and final touches by Peter
    Wilson's team are in full swing. The surface of the new platform
    which is being officially opened at the event (some 200 metres long)
    and 9 metres of the concourse have been paved and the twelve lamp
    posts on the platform have been painted and topped with their new
    lanterns, all of which were donated by members of the GCRN
    volunteers team. The first formal train will feature a newly arrived
    Br Mk 1 RMB which is being prepared for light refreshments on the
    day, this being reserved for the VIP party that, despite his recent
    indisposition, will include Edgar Fay QC (vice President of the
    Great Central Railway Society) now in his 101st year, together with
    Kenneth Clarke MP for Rushcliffe, and the Mayor and Mayoress of
    Rushcliffe Borough Council, Cllr and Mrs Peter McGowan. Then we are
    preparing a large marquee for the after-show party, with the GCR's
    own Top Link band, barbeque and Real Ale at the bar.

    With Craig Stinchcombe and the talented Loughborough team hard at
    work we are hoping the Robinson 2-8-0 will be up to Ruddington by
    Friday and to run the initial services topped and tailed with RST
    0-6-0ST so that there is not too much strain on the old lady.

    Alex Newcombe GCRN Ops Director and his gang are at full stretch
    too, sorting out locomotive crews and stock, not helped by having
    to replace even more broken glass. Should see some familiar faces
    around! There will be a full complement of very smart diesels for
    those who admire such beasts and the NSMEE is putting on a massive
    display as part of their 80 years celebration - with a GCR/LNER

    Richard Tilden Smith
  2. Bongoharry

    Bongoharry Member

    Jul 20, 2007
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    Sounds like a good event but your website has little info about the timetable for the day. Can you post details please?
  3. black5

    black5 Well-Known Member

    Apr 1, 2006
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    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer

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