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Surrey Group at Woking 31st May

UPDATE: 26 May 2014: South East Area Group Meeting on 31st May 2014

We regret to advise that L&BR Trust Chairman Peter Miles is unable to attend Woking event this Saturday as he will be in North Devon dealing with matters in connection with the Rowley Moor purchase. However, Peter has prepared some notes and the content of these will be imparted to those attending the meeting.

We must also advise that Trustee Peter Snashall is also unable to attend due to family reasons. However we are pleased to confirm that Tony Ely has agreed to make the presentation on behalf of EAST Group about progress on the heritage carriages. Tony is a stalwart of the L&BR coach restorations and made a similar presentation at last years event.

On behalf of the Surrey Area Group we look forward to seeing you next Saturday.

In conclusion, we reiterate below a summary of the meeting:

Date: Saturday 31st May 2014

Venue: Mizens Railway (the Woking Miniature Railway Society), Barrs Lane, Knaphill, Woking, Surrey, GU21 2JW

Events: Between 12 noon and 1.30pm you can enjoy a BBQ lunch and/or take a train ride on the extensive 7¼" gauge railway hopefully hauled by L&B steam loco 'Yeo' built by the late David Bradbury.

The formal meeting commences at 2pm comprising the following presentations......

  • L&BR Trust with a news update from Woody Bay and the progress and plans for Exmoor Enterprise
  • EAST: the L&B Heritage Carriage restorations
  • The 762 Club: progress with LYN
  • Exmoor Associates

Chris Dadson

Surrey Area Group

The Surrey Group's next event is the South East Area Groups Meeting at Woking, on Saturday 31st May. See below for details.

We will also be attending the following shows and exhibitions with our L&BR Sales Stand:

  • 12th/13th July: Amberley Museum - Houghton Bridge, Station Road, Arundel.
  • 20th/21st September: Railway Enthusiast Club Exhibition - Woking.
  • 12th/13th/14th: December: Model Engineer Show - Sandown Park.

South East Area Groups Meeting

To be held on Saturday 31st May 2014, this event is sponsored by the Surrey Area Group and will be held at the Mizens Railway courtesy of the Woking Miniature Railway Society.

1. Woking Miniature Railway Society clubroom during the 2013 event

This is the third of what has become a regular annual event which enables L&B members who are unable for whatever reason to attend the L&BR’s Annual General Meeting at Lynton Town Hall, to receive an update of what occurred at the AGM, as well as what is happening and occurring on and around the railway. If you have an appetite for the latest news this is the event for you.

2. YEO waiting to haul members around the Mizens Railway

The formal meeting will commence at 2pm, but the site will open at 12 Noon from when you will be able to take a train ride on the Mizens Railway (hopefully behind ‘YEO’) for £1 a ride. Between 12 noon and 1.30pm a barbecue will be available, as will tea and coffee, to provide your lunch needs, and alternatively ice cream and cold drinks will be available from the Mizens Railway shop.

From 2pm there will be a series of separate presentations, each followed by a Q&A session, including:

  • L&BR Trust: The latest news regarding the progress of Exmoor Enterprise and their efforts to extend the line towards Blackmoor and beyond. (Peter Miles – L&BR Trust Chairman).
  • EAST (East Anglia Support Team): The Heritage Carriage restoration project. (Pete Snashall – L&BR Trustee Volunteer Liaison).
  • 762 Club: The project to build 'LYN' the L&B's Baldwin loco. (Peter Miles – Project Manager 762 Club).
  • Exmoor Associates: Progress with their efforts to procure trackbed for Phase 3 of the L&BR's reconstruction (Mike Buse – EA Chairman.)

3. Gordon Brown receives his 25 year L&BR Trust Membership Certificate and Badge from Peter Miles last year.

If you have an appetite for the latest news, come along to find out what is happening or proposed in North Devon.

Additionally the Surrey Group Sales Stand will be available to supply your needs from the range of L&B products available at Woody Bay.

The event timetable is detailed above and it is anticipated the meeting will finish at 5.30pm.
All L&B members of the L&BR Trust, including non-members of the Surrey Area Group and those from outside our membership capture area, are welcome to attend. Site ADMISSION and the presentations detailed above are free.

The date:

Saturday 31st May 2014.

The venue:      

Mizens Railway (the Woking Miniature Railway Society)
Barrs Lane
GU21 2JW

Motorists arriving via the motorway road system should head for M25 exit 10 or M3 exit 3. Allow about 10 to 15 minutes from either motorway exit to reach the Mizens Railway. There is ample FREE off-street parking available within the grounds.

The nearest railway station is Woking. There is a good taxi service available, or for details of buses to Knaphill (Arriva No 91) see:


See also the Mizens Railway website:

Should you require any further information, please email:

Words: Chris Dadson; Photos: Barry Marshall


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