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NWAG - Two L&B Talks in One Week!

The North West Group of the L&B is often asked to give talks to local groups from time to time, and the past week has seen two such talks to different societies, by two different speakers!

On Tuesday 11 October, local L&B members were invited to join members of the NW Group of the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society at their AGM near Warrington, where Bob Barnard had agreed to talk about the L&B. Unfortunately, Bob was unwell, so “Plan B” was hurriedly brought into action, and Bob transferred his presentation files electronically to one of the TRPS members, and local L&B stalwart Peter Ainley nobly stepped in to give the talk – with assistance in answering questions from L&B members Dave and Rachel Booth, and Ron Dumbell.

A dozen or so were present for a very informal evening, and were pleased to see photographs of the progress on the 762 Club’s LYN and of the recent Woody Bay Gala weekend. Peter was able to show the TR people some 1955 photos taken by a recently-deceased friend who had volunteered in the early days of the TR.

Special thanks are due to Peter for stepping in at very short notice to give the talk to TRPS.


Only three days later, on Friday 14 October, we had been invited back to address the Manchester Model Railway Society in their Sale clubroom for a second time, two years after giving a talk there in September 2014. This time, Bob (now recovered) gave the talk, and Peter Ainley was also present. This talk included some additional sections to suit the audience of a dozen or so modellers, including information on early models of L&B locos and L&B-themed layouts from the 1930s to the 1960s, and a trip on the L&B in model form, using photographs of various modellers’ layouts. It also summarised what is actually known about the fate of LEW, in recognition of the eightieth anniversary of its shipment to Brazil. During the tea-break, the “trailer” footage for the forthcoming “Flying the L&B” DVD was shown, with MMRS members being intrigued by the drone views – which make the real railway look like a model!

The MMRS kindly made a small donation to the L&B Trust, and several of those present left the meeting saying they must (re)visit North Devon before long… 

Obviously, a major topic of interest on both evenings was the status of the Planning Applications for the extension to Wistlandpound.


The Group has another busy week coming up shortly:

Bob is due to give yet another talk, on 28 October, to the RCTS Lancashire & NW Branch at 1930 at. Fulwood Lawn Tennis Club, Highgate Avenue (off A6 Garstang Road), Preston, PR2 8DY. Non-RCTS members are welcome (for a small entry fee), so L&B members and friends may come along.

Then, on 29 and 30 October, various members of the NW Group will be manning an L&B display and sales stand at the Merseyside Model Railway Society Exhibition, at Mosslands School, Mosslands Drive, Wallasey, Wirral CH45 8PJ, and is open from 10.00 to 17.00 each day.  We would like to meet any L&B members from the area there.

Bob Barnard

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