Monthly Archives: April 2014

Arrangements & Visits to Banbury North and South Boxes

We had a meeting at Didcot on Friday (11 April) to discuss the many arrangements required to be made for our forthcoming move.
Final agreements have been reached on access arrangements to the site, provision of services, insurance arrangements etc. We are very grateful to Didcot Railway Centre for the help and support they have given us and we look forward to working together in future in the setting-up and running of the Panel.

We then hosted a visit to Banbury North and South boxes on Saturday (12 April). 20 members enjoyed a very informative tour of the signal boxes, both of which are due to close in the next few years.

Several members have posted their photos of the day:

Photographs by “Llangollen Signalman”:

As well as on our Facebook page:

Thank you very much to all who attended and if you would like to put up any photos of the day on Facebook or email them to us then please feel free to do so. Thanks also to the signallers in the boxes for putting up with us!

SPS at ‘Once in a Blue Moon’

We attended the “Once in a Blue Moon” event at Didcot Railway Centre this weekend with our stand. The event was well-attended and we were particularly pleased to have a presence at our future home site.

The event was hosted to celebrate the coming-together of three steam locomotives in BR express passenger blue livery – King Edward II, Tornado and Sir Nigel Gresley.

Lots of visitors, both from within the Great Western Society and outside were very interested in what we were doing, which is very encouraging. We hope to build some stronger links between our organisation and the GWS volunteers in the near future; watch this space!