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Due to the Coronavirus outbreak Pendon Museum has been closed since the middle of March for an indefinite period.

 

I would like to remind everyone that the website and Facebook pages are still active and being regularly updated.

 

If you are a Friend of Pendon the 'Friends Place' on the website is full of material to keep you motivated and inspired whilst confined to home. There are many hours of videos available ranging from Roye England's 1971 BBC televised programme "From dream to Reality", recent Friends events including Gordon Gravett's presentation of Arun Quay and special events such as "Diesels in the Vale". Friends Place also has a huge range of other interesting articles, archive material and every issue of the Pendon Papers. Enough to keep anyone busy and entertained.

 

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Pendon's Friends are extremely important to the survival of the museum. Pendon has no visitor income coming in at the time of year when visitor numbers are usually starting to rise, but like all institutions there are still bills to pay. Whether or not you have ever thought about it, now would be a great time to consider becoming a Friend of Pendon. As well as immediate access to Friends Place on the website, you also get free unlimited access to the Museum once it is open again, access to Friends events, discounts on workshops etc. and you would help ensure the survival of Pendon at this difficult time.

 

You can find out more and sign up at www.pendonmuseum.com/friends-of-pendon/

 

 

 

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There's also some very nice digital jigsaws on the Pendon website - varying degrees of difficulty and complexity - not wholly surprisingly, there is a detectable GWR leaning

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On 07/04/2020 at 11:25, Crepello said:

Signed up.

 

Excellent and thank you. I understand a few others did so on Tuesday as well, perhaps as a result of this post. 

 

Once you've had a chance to explore the content perhaps you could give some feedback here. It would really help.

 

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As a taster I will use this thread to post some photographs of Pendon scenes, some with a short explanation and others I'll let speak for themselves.

 

Pendon's Dartmoor scene: The black and white photograph shows Walkham viaduct, the basis for Guy William's model shown with a Steam Railmotor crossing heading down the branch to Portkerrick.

 

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On 06/04/2020 at 16:46, Arun Sharma said:

There's also some very nice digital jigsaws on the Pendon website - varying degrees of difficulty and complexity - not wholly surprisingly, there is a detectable GWR leaning

 

I agree that the jigsaws are very nice. However, if anyone else is thinking of trying them, the "pieces" are very small on a smartphone - they're much easier to solve on a decent size tablet (or PC).

 

The "GWR leaning" shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.

 

OK - I'm sure that "other railway companies were also available" :o . However, a lot of people realise that there was only one Great Western Railway ... :D .

 

 

On 09/04/2020 at 11:32, nickwood said:

As a taster I will use this thread to post some photographs of Pendon scenes, some with a short explanation and others I'll let speak for themselves.

 

1 hour ago, Miss Prism said:

I've added four new official Pendon videos to gwr.org, the first of which is the official opening of the mainline in the Vale Scene

 

I very much doubt that I'm alone in looking forward to these photos and videos.

 

 

Huw.

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The photos I am posting have been supplied by the museum. They have all been taken by either Andy York, Adrian Knowles or Paul leonard Unfortunately I have not been told who's are who's but credits must go to all of them and they remain copyright of Pendon Museum and the individuals.

 

Two more photos of trains on the viaduct

 

Prairie, B Set and Luggage Van on the up local service.

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A rare shot of the long coal train which used to run on Dartmoor before its move to the Vale scene. This was the train lots of visitors came away from Pendon remembering. Usual run with approximately 90 loaded coal wagons, the operator would stop the train along the front of the scene and demonstrate backing up to slacken the couplings before re-starting the heavy train by picking up one wagon at a time. A practice frowned upon by the authorities because of the danger of breaking couplings. The photo shows the wagons buffered up so must have been taken during one of these demonstrations.

 

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A number of new Friends of Pendon subscriptions have been received since I started this thread, so on behalf of Pendon Museum, if you were one of them, thank you for your support. 

 

Once you have had the opportunity to explore the benefits of Friends membership it would be really useful if you could provide some feedback by posting your thoughts here.  Whilst positive comments will always be welcome we would also be interested to hear how, or where the Friends section of the Museums website (Friends Place) could be improved. Your feedback may also help to encourage others to consider becoming a Friend of Pendon.

 

To enable accurate models to be made many of Pendon's buildings in the Vale scene have required extensive research to determine how they looked in the 1920's and 30's. One of the easier ones in this respect was the station building at Pendon Parva station which is modelled on nearby Culham Station. Whilst the Ticket Office is no longer in railway use this Grade II listed building has changed very little over the years as can be seen from this photographic comparison with the superb model built by Stephen Clinch.

 

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Staying with the Dartmoor scene, we follow the journey of 2-6-0 Abadare 2616 after it leaves the main line storage sidings with an up mixed goods. Here we see it entering the sea wall section at Pendon. This photo clearly shows the super elevated trackwork.

 

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Further along the sea wall 2616 is about to pass 4-6-0 King class 6013 "King Henry VIII" with the down Cornish Riviera Express. The crew of the KIng clearly take pride in the appearance of their loco compared to the Aberdare on more mundane duties.

 

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After leaving the seawall section the next sighting of 2616 is at Pen Tor Road station on the Dartmoor scene as it passes 4-6-0 Saint class 2921 "Saint Dunstan" on an down Parcels. It will shortly enter the tunnel and return back to the main line storage sidings.

 

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The mainline trains on the Dartmoor scene can only be seen by visitors on the sea wall section and the end of the Dartmoor scene which represents Pen Tor Road junction. For most of their journey around the circuit they run hidden from view at the rear of the Dartmoor scene. 

 

More details about the trains that run at Pendon and the Main Line, Dartmoor scene and Sea Wall can be found on the Museums website www.pendonmuseum.com and Friends Place

 

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Already a Friend of Pendon and so nice to see this thread.

Could I also draw attention to Andy York's 'Postcards from Pendon' thread which covers a couple of photography days when those who attended were able to take pictures with the screens down - very memorable days!

Tony

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Thanks for mentioning that Tony, anything that helps keep Pendon on people's radar whilst we go through this lockdown and encourages Friends membership or even the possibility of volunteering in the future can only be a good thing at this time.

 

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Great to see this thread on here. I have been a friend of Pendon for quite a while now and always enjoyed my visits, which were sadly infrequent because I live in Cornwall.

 

I look forward to the reopening of the museum but in the meantime I will enjoy the website and Pendon Paper.

 

Back in the nineties I had a picture that I took of Pendon as my screensaver at work and was asked by a colleague where was it a picture of? They were convinced it was of a real place.

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There will be a significant new feature added to the Pendon Website soon. I will post an update when it is near to going live. 

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How about a Christmas gift of Friends membership to support Pendon in these challenging times. Details of the benefits and how to apply are on the Pendon website www.pendonmuseum.com

 

Watch a Churchward 28xx loco hauling a long coal train through the Vale on its way to London.

https://fb.watch/1WhWSLl5Yg/

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On 18/04/2020 at 17:11, nickwood said:

anything that helps keep Pendon on people's radar whilst we go through this lockdown and encourages Friends membership or even the possibility of volunteering in the future can only be a good thing

 

We'll try and keep the flag flying in BRM too with a feature on Madder Valley next month.

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