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Hi Mike,

 

No problem!

 

All the best,

 

Castle

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Hi castle.

 

I know this is a bit flakey but I might be able to pop over tomorrow if that is ok? I cannot guarantee it right now but it would be nice to come plus I have a few things I need to take a closer look at sometime.

 

Missy :)

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Of course Missy!

 

No problem. Just let me know yes or no before 12:30 hrs so I don't leave you behind! I will have my iPad with me tomorrow so I can check the forum.

 

All the best,

 

Castle

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With the guides as well, about 35 teas...

 

I'll get my coat.

 

All the best,

 

Castle

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Scones, strawberry jam and clotted cream too???

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How many tea's is that going to be?.

Just the three please (although the 'younger' members of the party prefer soft drinks - or beer, or cider).

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Hi C.G.,

 

I am sure this thread will be awash with pictures sooner or later for you to enjoy. Catch you next time?

 

All the best,

 

Castle

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Hi castle

 

Sorry to do this at the last minute but I'm unavailable to come today as I've got a problem with my van an I better not attempt this long trip up from Newton abbot so I'm going to have to give it a miss!! I'm gutted sorry to give such late notice

 

Regards Neil

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Thanks Castle, I'll be sure to get along to the next one. A winter gathering perhaps?

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Castle,

 

What a fantastic afternoon! Massive thanks to you and the team for your time and insight. I now have a raft of detail images of the interior of the coal stage for transfer to 4mm!

I'm certainly up for next time to see what progress has been made on your 'train set'.

 

Best wishes,

 

Andy.

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Seconded! Thank you Castle and team for your time and the behind the scenes viewing. The commentary you were able to give us certainly helps bring things life and is way better than just wandering round looking at things.

 

Ric

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May I also add my thanks this way to you and your assistants. I watched the pannier head for the ash pit and turned round to find you all walking off into the distance with Missy I believe so I never got to shake your hand(s).

 

A most enjoyable day, I learnt a lot and have many photo records for future use. Thanks too go to The Stationmaster for taking over in the signal box!

 

Thanks,

 

Tony

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I know this is going to be another 'me too' post but I have to say that I had a really really great afternoon at Didcot.

 

I BIG thanks go to Castle and his band of budding weight lifters. It was apparent that these folk are extremely passionate about the place which is great to see. I would thoroughly recommend comming along to this next time, its well worth it. I am now seriously contemplating volunteering...

 

Photos to come once the camera has uploaded.

 

Missy :)

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Hi All,

 

You will all be pleased to know that I am currently feeding and watering my three assistants at the local eatery! We really enjoyed showing you round today and we look forward to doing it all again sometime. Lets see some pictures folks!

 

All the best,

 

Castle

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Hi All,

 

You will all be pleased to know that I am currently feeding and watering my three assistants at the local eatery! We really enjoyed showing you round today and we look forward to doing it all again sometime. Lets see some pictures folks!

 

All the best,

 

Castle

Send me the bill for a round of drinks as a PM and I will pay by return - thanks guys (and girl).

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A small selection of pics from the day:

 

Me and my other half got there early for a quick scout around and to get the rides out of the way. First off was No 93..

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Followed by a walk round to the transfer shed...

 

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When I took this shot of 3650 an hour and a half before the tour began, I had no idea our tour guide was in the shot!

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Does my bum look big in this? Climbing aboard King Edward II...

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Mike The Staionmaster's hand pointing out the finer details of the signal box...

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Into the gloom that is the carriage shed. H&S look away now...

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Light at the end of the tunnel!

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Fire in the Hole!

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Last, but no means least, 2999 Lady of Legend

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Thank you once again :)

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Hear hear. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and would like to add my thanks to the team.

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Hi All,

 

You will all be pleased to know that I am currently feeding and watering my three assistants at the local eatery! We really enjoyed showing you round today and we look forward to doing it all again sometime. Lets see some pictures folks!

 

All the best,

 

Castle

And well deserved, your two assistants did an excellent job with our little group and deserve a big round of thanks - as do you for organising the day.

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Thanks again for organising such an enjoyable day... which was also incredibly educational especially in the area of boiler construction and repair, something I have been shamefully ignorant about; but based on todays tour my ignorance is a fair bit less!

 

Also the chance to see behind the scenes of the carriage storage shed was excellent, your team are a real credit to an excellent place.

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As promised, here are a few photos that stood out from the 175 I managed to take!

 

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This is asking for a caption....

 

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I think the signwriter needs a little more practice...

 

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Havent a clue what engine these were from...

 

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Missy :)

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Well it's me too as well from me - too!

A fantastic day out for my first visit to Didcot - it certainly won't be the last! Also great to put some faces to names.

Many many thanks to you and your team for taking the trouble & making things so interesting.

All the best,

 

Bob.

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I tried to find you around 4.45pm to say thank you for a great afternoon, but failed! So thanks again for a very friendly and informative tour.

I hope to be able to get there more often in the future.

 

Best Regards

Dave Bowden

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Thanks to you all for an interesting afternoon

 

Andy Rush & John Dunford

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My thanks to you and the team for a great afternoon. Highly informative and very interesting.

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