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EAST Group Workshop October Update

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EAST Group Fridaywood Farm Workshop Update, October 2019

The L&BR East Group 2019 Christmas Lunch will be held on the 14th December 12:30 at one of our regular haunts, the Layer Fox, 2, Malting Green Road, Layer De La Haye, Colchester CO2 0JH. Click HERE for a copy of the menu. 2 courses are £23.95 plus £2.05 tip = £ 26.00p. 3 courses are £ 28.95p plus £2.05 tip = £31.00p.

To confirm your booking, please send menu choices and £11.00p each deposit to Steve Arthurs, Little Oaks Farm, Bicknacre Road, Danbury Essex. CM3 4JH, or bring to the workshop on Tuesdays.


At the Autumn Gala many people were able to take advantage of Carriage No.5's first class compartments. Lindsay Palmer (one of the Gala organisers) is seen here in Victorian costume ready for her trip to Killington lane.

Photo credit: Nigel Thompson.


LYN and LEW with the first 5 coach train since 1935

The FR's LYD was re-named LEW (the L&B's long-lost engine - click HERE for more details) for the duration of the Gala. A rather dastardly plan was to leave the new name in place and see how long it took for Ffestiniog to notice!

Photo credit: Daryl Hutchinson.


More news from the Trust: The planning application (70504) was re-submitted for Blackmoor Gate Station - this planning lapsed back in June.

The proposal is exactly the same as last time: Change of use of public house to railway station to include restaurant, cafe and extension to house, ticket hall and shop, change of use of dwelling to railway museum, offices and flat, together with formation of pedestrian underpass to railway car park' this is in anticipation of our purchase of the Old Station House Inn.

Van 23, We await the completed drawings for Van 23 from the Trust, so that we can finalise the dimensions for the frames and body. The oak for the frames has been delivered and is stacked waiting details for cutting and shaping. In the meantime, volunteers have been sorting and cleaning the metalwork and will start to prepare component parts.

On the Workshop front, we now have new lightweight step-ladders, and a new vacuum cleaner. The electrics will be modified to suit our donated lathes, power and lighting. The new area for storage for painted components and the metalworking area are installed and racking is being created.

Note: The L&B East stand attended ExpoNG at Swanley on the 26th October manned by Tony and Sheila Ely.

Steve Arthurs., Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, EAST Group 2019.

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