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RMWEB Tour of Didcot Railway Centre Centre - 2018 Edition! Sunday 29th July.

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#1 Castle

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 22:16

Hi All,

The World Famous* RMWEB Tour of Didcot Railway Centre Sunday 29th July 2018

A bit later than normal - sorry everyone! The final ok was granted by management on Saturday and I was a bit busy on Sunday with other things steam engine so here we are! For those that haven’t been before, my team and I will show you the whole of Didcot Railway Centre, taking you behind the scenes and giving you a chance to look at anything and everything you want to see as far as is possible! You can make prior requests to see things either before, during or after the tour and we will do our very best to let you see, photograph and / or measure what you need to! There will be trains running that day (when I know the roster, I will let you know - there will be a guest engine on site) and we will also tour Radstock Signal Box, the Carriage & Wagon Works, the Carriage & Wagon Storage shed and the locomotive works as well as all the normal visitor attractions. We have a great time and we also get to meet our fellow RMWEBBERs and put faces to names! We ought to give you a little sample of what is to be seen - how’s this?

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The plan will be for you to get in as soon after we open as possible and take your train rides and have a spot of lunch, visit the shops, etc and we will meet up at the entrance kiosk by the main gate at 12:00hrs. From there, we will do our tour and we are usually done by about 16:00hrs after tea (the main motive fluid for railway preservation, coffee is substituted by some) has been drunk and the world has been put to rights. There is parking across the road from Didcot Parkway station and the centre is accessed through the underpass in the station itself. The other way to get there is of course by train!

So - I will ask the question I ask every year - who wants to come and have a look in the largest and greatest GWR toybox in the world?

All the best,

Castle

*After OTBL and his good lady joined us last year, I can definitely claim this now! They have the longest distance travelled so far for the tour - it will take a bit of beating! Can we do it?
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Posted 13 March 2018 - 12:31

This is truly a very special day out for anyone with any sort of interest in railways and especially the Great Western Railway, (is there any other?! :o). 

Castle makes the tour a very interesting, making time for everyone's questions and specific interests whilst giving the opportunity for some special requests to photograph stock that normally you would not be able to either see or get close enough to.

I went along last year and seriously the entire day is awesome. Thank you again Mr Castle.


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 12:56

Yes please, hopefully things won't conspire against us this year and we'll be able to get down for the weekend.

Ray & Polly.


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Posted 13 March 2018 - 16:37

Hi All,

No.46, I am humbled by your endorsements! Thanks for saying what you have and it means a lot. Like any railway preservationist, we do it all (tours included!) because we love the subject and enjoy sharing our somewhat privalidged position with as many people as possible. If you are not busy, you would be most welcome again!

Ray and Polly - fantastic news! I look forward to what will be our second meeting this year! Dia the Steam must be put in No. 4079’s driving seat this time. Yes, it will be reattached by then...

All the best,

Castle
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Posted 13 March 2018 - 19:24

Well I was converted to liking things GWR on my first visit 4 or 5? years ago, have only missed 1 year since and would love to come again.

Also on that first visit met a couple of great blokes who have become good friends.

Bob.


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#6 Castle

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 20:39

Hi Bob,

You’ve got it! See you there!

All the best,

Castle
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#7 Clearwater

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 20:43

Hi Castle

Yes - thoroughly enjoyed last year. My son would love to come as well this year! Better renew my GWS membership!

David
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Posted 13 March 2018 - 20:50

Ray and Polly - fantastic news! I look forward to what will be our second meeting this year! Dia the Steam must be put in No. 4079’s driving seat this time. Yes, it will be reattached by then...

All the best,

Castle

 

Yes i forgot, Jones the Steam will need a ticket too.....

 

Here he is on his last visit inspection in 2016.

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#9 Castle

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 21:10

Hi All,

David - I look forward to seeing yourself and your son on the day!

Ray - I’ll put you down for two and a half places then mate!

All the best,

Castle
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Posted 14 March 2018 - 11:33

Two places as usual please Drew (subject to confirmation for the second as he might be required to be elsewhere on another - much smaller - railway working a signalbox or driving (if he's passed for driving by then)

 

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 12:16

I know that I am new around here, but can I and the wife tag along?

Kind regards,
Bernie

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 13:36

Hi All,

Mike - people would miss you if you didn’t come with us! Two places as always good sir and thanks in advance!

Bernie - everyone is welcome good sir! Two places it is.

All the best,

Castle
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#13 Andy M

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 14:27

Yes please Drew, with the usual work commitment caveat.
I visited Didcot yesterday with my little boy and he was mesmerised. Nice to see 4079 looking visually complete and at the back of the running shed. Have you been moved by other projects in the workshops?
I also would like to pick your brains on the K40 TPO conversion underway in the carriage shop. What is the thinking behind the flat end gangway arrangement? I thought the converter K40”s retained their bow ends, unless you guys at the GWS have drawings to prove otherwise!

Anyway, looking forward to another guided tour. Thanks as always for your efforts in hosting a great event.

Best wishes,
Andy.
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#14 Castle

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 18:52

Hi Andy,

No problem - I shall note you down for a place good sir! No, Pendennis hasn’t been evicted (!), we have gone forward into the shed to use the inspection pit. It’s also given the No. 3650 Crew a chance to get stuck into dismantling the boiler internals. It also means that visitors get to see No. 4079 while she is in this almost complete state so it’s win-win all round!

The K40 as I (a mere loco chap) understand it, the conversion as is being done was at least proposed by the GWR but not carried out. I’m sure Pete S (K14) will be along soon to correct me!

All the best,

Castle

PS: a sneak preview of this summer’s ‘wee engine’ hire...

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 19:24

My dad and myself very much enjoyed our visit last year. I must admit Drew I've absolutely no idea what I'll be doing in the summer, so cannot confirm anything just yet, but if I do come along to this GWR extravaganza then it might be on my own.
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#16 Castle

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 19:45

Ok Liam - let me know closer to the time!

All the best,

Castle

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 19:54

Possibly interested, I'm sure Natalie would be too. Intended to go last year, but health and car troubles prevented it.
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Posted 14 March 2018 - 20:31

Hi Kelly,

It would be great to see you both - I hope you can make it this time!

All the best,

Castle

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 17:56

Castle Hi
I'm one of your silent audience. Would love to come and join in if that's possible please.
Kind regards
Roger
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Posted 18 March 2018 - 18:48

Hi Roger,

No need to be silent, we all like a chat!

I look forward to meeting you on the tour good sir!

All the best,

Castle

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 19:10

Drew,

 

I hope that the boys and I will be able to make it, we much enjoyed the 2016 trip - Please put me down + 4 if that's ok, and I'll confirm to you later in the week?

 

thanks and kind regards

Simon



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Posted 19 March 2018 - 22:56

You’ve got it Simon!

All the best,

Castle

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 10:40

Hi Drew

 

Could I book three places; two regulars, one newbie.

 

All the best

 

Martin


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#24 Castle

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 20:48

Sure thing Martin - no problem!

All the best,

Castle

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 21:01

Drew,
 
I hope that the boys and I will be able to make it, we much enjoyed the 2016 trip - Please put me down + 4 if that's ok, and I'll confirm to you later in the week?
 
thanks and kind regards
Simon


Following a team briefing, two of our number will be in Stockholm, so only three of us.

Best
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