The Golden Arrow leaves Sheffield Park Station on the Bluebell Railway – SECR 592 +
Our job is to raise money to support the Heritage Rail Movement, and our fundraising method began with adopting the excellent tours formerly run by the late Bill Askew. We ran one to Hampshire and Sussex in 2019; it was full and profitable. The 2020 tour to York, Hull, Scarborough and other popular spots, filled almost immediately and promised to be a good earner for the charity. Alas Covid 19 has shut it down, with a whole year’s delay, and even then there is no certainty of resumption. The plan is interesting but can’t be done currently from major timetable changes. Thus we have to wait until next spring to replan our fun.
Everyone has suffered from Covid 19 – it’s a threat to the livelihoods of all museums, heritage tramways and railways, and the Emergency has become a matter of survival for some. HRCT’s activities have been temporarily thwarted, so we are now planning our tours for 2021 as well as our other fundraising actions. The initiative already begun, for sponsorship, is being moved forward for 2021; there are smaller, ‘risk-free’, one-day get-togethers proposed for interesting locations, and continuing support for the Friends organisation. We have to wait until the threat from Covid moves away.
HRCT supports the Friends; we want to promote visits to HRA member railways with a look behind the scenes. We have all been starved of this for too long. With the emergence of a vaccine, perhaps we shall be able to get back to doing what we all love. We need Friends for the HRCT to help the HRA to support our movement. Above all we need some fun, and to support and extend that very important network of people who exchange ideas. This exchange is a vital function, allowing small organisations to ‘punch above their weight’. ‘I know a man who can’ makes the wonderful heritage things that we do possible. Exchange of views is therefore a principal activity for HRCT to support.
The schedules previously proposed for the York-Hull tour are left in, as they were previously proposed – so you can see what this was. It will not be quite the same – railway timetables have had to be changed. Keep in touch here to find how this affects the proposal for 2021.
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HRCT Trustees: Gordon Rushton (Chairman), David Morgan, Peter Ovenstone, Chris Smyth, John Glover, Dean
Walton, Mark Smith. Secretary is Roger Price. Board Officers are: Steve Oates (HRA – CEO), John Larke (Friends
Secretary), Steve Wood.
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You can join the Friends of the HRCT if you want to support the Heritage Rail Industry, as people who are interested in all railways, tramways and museums, as well as other transport related subjects gain a lot of pleasure from meeting others with like minds. The Friends principally organise meetings, get togethers, visits and tours to interesting place. From the very close association with the Heritage Railway Association of course the Friends enjoy privileged access, but apart from that, the pleasant social exchange of people with similar interests meeting each other is very pleasurable. The Friends are also a mixing pot for all ages and all people, with programmes designed to help the less-privileged, the young and family members to see interesting things, and take part in fascinating activities that they could not organise on their own. The accent for the Friends is not just generating fun and joy for the participants, there is serious educational and cultural purpose in many of the activities – and that is why the Friends are run by the Heritage Rail Charitable Trust. So you are invited to be a member, and to join in with the fun. Of course, the fun has been a little curtailed recently as the paragraph below explains.
BOOKING FORM YORK & HULL – 21-24 MAY 2020
You arrive in York to meet the Group for light refreshments at the National Railway Museum at the EXHIBITION HALL CAFE at 1500. We will then take a tour of the fascinating COLLECTION STORE in the North Shed. It’s an area so often missed, outshone by the huge, shining locomotives, but really worthy of a visit. Explore the Museum until it closes at 18.00. From 1900, for those who have reserved, there will be Group “A la Carte Menu” served at the Black Swan, 23, Peaseholme Green, YO1 7PR. Please confirm this option on the booking form. We will be within truly historic and rustic surroundings. Alternatively, make your own choice and meet tomorrow morning at York Railway Station.
The new Heritage Rail Charitable Trust ran the first of the Friends 2019 trips as a Winchester cultural city tour, with visits to various transport attractions in the area. Winchester’s welcome was rather damp, but the rain couldn’t suppress the happy throng on a Friday night visit to various watering houses in the City. The threatening weekend weather forecast was unfulfilled, as our comfortable tour bus took a chattering crowd of twenty-five to visit the steam gala at the Moors Valley Railway near to Ringwood. On the extensive 7¼” gauge, fully signalled railway, every locomotive that could be steamed was out and about, hauling an intensive service of trains along the line. Such a carefully arranged stream of trains, freight and passenger offered an unrivalled spectacle, with a constant movement of little locomotives round the compact layout, so that everyone got at least one ride, including our own special train. We were torn away from the busy scene, boarding our coach, dodging hordes of superbly modelled traction engines to leave in bright sunshine, now bound for the Isle of Purbeck.