Sandy Transport Society

The last meeting was Members Evening which always proves a popular evening. We were presented with a wide range of transport subjects given by seven members. Dave Sutton kicked off by showing scenes along the line at Sandy and the station as it used to be

The last meeting was Members Evening which always proves a popular evening. We were presented with a wide range of transport subjects given by seven members. Dave Sutton kicked off by showing scenes along the line at Sandy and the station as it used to be in 1975/76, a train double headed by two 24's on a Bedford to Liverpool Lime Street railtour. Phil Brown showed stations in the USA, some of them were quite unusual like Chicago's subterranean platforms hidden beneath an office block, St Louis' old waiting room, which is now a hotel lobby, Texercana with one platform in two states and Santa Barbara built in Spanish colonial style and at Creston an Amshack! Nail Wheelwright then took us on a trip around Thailand and Bangkok showing slides of some of its old and more modern road transport, beautiful temples and railways. Martin Bennett had a mixture of his own and Dave Soggee slides picturing then and now views of the Corris and Welshpool railways which depicted the changes that had taken place over the years. Steve Nakoneczny showed us Routemasters travelling round their last routes in London, with some slides of them in their original sizes and others which have a bit added in the middle. Steve Lacey had some nice shots around Swanage and North Yorkshire moors railways, ending up with some good ones of the paddle steamers Waverley and Kingswear Castle fully (or was it overloaded) with passengers. Ken Bailey showed slides of North Yorks, Buckfastleigh bus and lorry charter and Bristol docks. Clive Smith had video clips of the Beds Steam Engine Preservation Society road run in the spring of 2004, also the Bluebell Railway, Colne Valley railways freight day, Rusden's steam rally and trolley busses at Sandtoft. The evening ended with Mick Arnold showing a video he took of the 2005 Duxford bus rally with its large contingent of London transport busses, winding up with the Union of South Africa railtour passing through Hitchin and Biggleswade stations. The next meeting is on Wednesday, March 29 at 7.30pm, doors open at 7.15.


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