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SCRS Outing 2016
 

SCRS DIARY
2016

Being a diary of events and happenings at the Sutton Coldfield Railway Society during 2016.

Photo by Mike Newport
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February 2016:

Les Nixon, the well known railway photographer, judged our annual photographic competition. Despite the large number of entries, Les was able to offer helpful, positive comments on each photograph before selecting the four category winners. from these the members present selected an overall winner.

April 2016:

The 2016 Model Railway Exhibition was held on the weekend of 23rd and 24th April. It was very successful with attendance up on the previous year. There were 17 high quality layouts, trade stands, digital presentations, a display of photographic competition entries, and a display by the Sutton Coldfield Model Engineers. See details of the 2017 exhibition on the page marked Exhibition. (Photos taken by Stephen Hunter and Adam Andrews.)

General view
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Setting out, Driver and Chairman
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June 2016:

Following the success of last year’s two night/three day trip to the North East, this year we headed South. Like all of our trips, the whole package of transport, heritage rail travel, and accommodation, was organised by members of the SCRS committee. On our way south to our hotel in Winchester, we stopped off at the Sindon and Cricklade Railway to ride on their DMU service and tour their workshops, and then at STEAM (the Museum of the Great Western Railway). The next day was spent travelling on and exploring the beautiful countryside of the Swanage Railway, as well as visiting their loco works and museum. On the final day we visited ‘The Watercress Line’. Those who wished could spend the day taking advantage of unlimited travel on the line, whilst a visit to nearby Jane Austen’s house was arranged for those who fancied something different. (Photos as individually credited.)

July 2016:

As usual we had an evening visit in July, and this year it was to the 2ft gauge amerton Railway in the nearby Staffordshire countryside. Having travelled there by vintage bus, we had exclusive use of the site including a steam hauled passenger service, and a tour of their shed and other buildings. A fish and chip meal at the onsite café rounded off a pleasant evening in a rural setting. (All photos taken by Clive Pipe.)

Also, in July the Society made a first visit to the Erewash Valley Model Engineers site near Nottingham. Again, transport was by vintage bus.

Our transport for the evening
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Group Photo
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August 2016

In August, as well as out annual visit to the Balleny Green (Little Hay) home of the Sutton Coldfield Model Engineers (see also the diary entry for August 2015), we had a day visit to the Epping and Ongar heritage standard gauge railway in Essex, and the Leighton Buzzard narrow gauge railway. (Group photo taken by William Shelford, all other photo's by Adrian Hall)

December 2016

The annual Ladies Night took the form of a meal followed by a railway themed murder mystery evening, featuring 'Murder Incorporated' - pictured together with the Chairman and the Programme Secretary (photo by Clive Pipe). A highly enjoyable and fun evening was had by all - except the murderer and the victim, of course!

Murder Incorporated

Looking Ahead

In 2017 the June the three day trip will be to the North West of England and will include visits to the East and West Lancashire railways, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway, and the Embsay and Bolton Abbey railway. Include a cruise on Lake Windermere, and it should add up to an action packed long weekend!

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