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RMWEB Tour of Didcot & Fawley 25th & 26th May 2019

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Hi All,

 

No worries - it’s always a pleasure sharing my access to railway preservation with like minded people. It’s always great to put names to new faces and meet up with existing friends.

 

See you all again soon!

 

All the best,

 

Castle

 

PS - let’s see those pictures!

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An excellent couple of days.   Thanks Drew and also your helpful assistant tour guides at Didcot.  And a special thanks for today's 'steam excursion' ;) 

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Slightly belated thanks to Drew for his efforts on our behalf over the weekend. He was certainly a busy man!

 

Now the camera battery has been re-charged I can share a couple of Pics

 

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Hi Castle,

A brief note from Mike and myself to thank you for the weekend tours. I have been to Didcot many times but with access to restricted areas saw many things for the first time. Some of the background stories were very interesting too. A super weekend with Didcot and Fawley, I rounded it all off with a trip to the Glos Warks yesterday for a ride behind Didcot's King and to see the Caley tank.

Thanks again Barry (aka Bazza) and Mike 

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A somewhat belated response as I've been a bit busy since getting back last week.

 

Anyway I would like to say what a fantastic weekend it was.

 

It was my second visit to Didcot and I've thoroughly enjoyed both of them, but this time was much better thanks to the very behind the scenes tour. (Last time I was a bit disappointed not to be able to get into the carriage shed at all...can't complain this time). Drew's commentary was very interesting (I don't know how he managed to speak for so long), with plenty for the not-so-railway-minded, like the stories of how some of the stock was acquired.

 

Sunday was even better - Fawley Hill was even more impressive in real life than it looked on television. Utterly bizarre, with unfenced track running through the gardens, random bits of railway architecture and unusual animals all over the place. Charging up the hill by steam power really was an experience, whether on the train itself or watching it. 

 

The diesel trips were good too - the animals seemed to be a bit happier to get near, and it must be the shortest train I've travelled on, and the only one where the 'carriage' was shorter than the loco. 

 

Also good to meet some people from RMWeb "for real".

 

I'll finish with some photos and a very very big thanks to Drew for arranging everything.

 

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Ooo, that's me in the red 'Basingstoke' shirt in the last photo, and possibly also on the brake van in the previous one.

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Been a bit busy looking after grandchildren, seeing Muse, holidaying in North Wales and walking back into mayhem at work after two weeks off, but hey ho. Anyway some of my photos from Fawley

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And even more....

 

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Once again, thanks for a great two day event Drew, myself and Sarah thoroughly enjoyed it.

Regards,

Dave

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