National Garden Rail Show - Saturday 8th April
This year was the 40th Anniversary of the 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers Association and the Show was held at the East of England Showground at Peterborough. It was attended by a record number of visitors and Fiddlers Green was exhibited on behalf of the Trust. We werre lucky enough to win one of the Awards and we generated interest in the progress made with 'Spirit of Sandringham'. The Collection tin certainly feels heavy and we are very grateful to all those people who contributed.
Midland Garden Rail Show, Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, 17th - 19th March 2017
'Fiddlers Green' was invited to appear at the above Show and took along all of the appropriate B17 literature. The Show was well attended with visitors up on previous years. The smell and sound of live steam engines generated a lot of interest increased this year because of the use of R/C Steam whistles. It was interesting to see some of the people we met in Solihull in February and, of course, they were already aware of the B17 message! We hope to continue to spread the message in this way and our next venue is the National Garden Rail Show in April.
Great Central Railway Winter Steam Gala
We are off! First major promotional event for 2017 at the GCR Winter Steam Gala during the final weekend of January. Truly an atmospheric event aided by typical weather conditions for the time of year with the sights and sounds courtesy of 10 engines of which 9 represented the home fleet, the other being Q class No. 30541 from ‘The Bluebell.’ So plenty of action despite the cold winds with visiting members, supporters and sponsors calling by to speak to us - that’s Keith Crawford and Brian Hall during the whole 3 days. Always a worthwhile railway and event to support.
Home Locos operating 6990, 30777, 45305, 46521, 47406, 48624, 70013, 78018 and 92214. 6990 failed on the Friday with collapsed firebars but was repaired overnight and appeared in the line up from the Saturday morning and all day Sunday too.
Great Central railway Autumn Steam Gala
The B17 Steam Locomotive Trust Stand assumed its customary place on Loughborough Station Platform for the Autumn Steam Gala held over 4 days from Thursday 6/10 until Sunday 9/10/2016 inclusively. There were at least 8 engines in steam throughout the Gala including Witherslack Hall, Oliver Cromwell and a BR Class 9F.The stand was manned by Directors and Members of the Trust and we would like to thank them sincerely for all their effort. A great deal of interest was shown in the latest Malcolm Root print of 'Sandringham' at Wolferton station and this resulted in a number of sales.
Enfield Transport Circle
On Tueday October 4th Geoff Starns and Larry Sampson gave a Presentation to the Enfield Transport Circle on the work of the Trust and progress with the 'Spirit of Sandringham' Project. This was attended by 35 Members of the Circle and was illustrated with pictures showing the history of the B17 Class of locomotives as well as progress with our new build project. The presentation was interrupted by a Tea Break at 9pm and this also provided an opportunity for informal questions. When the meeting finally closed Geoff and Larry were thanked by all those present for an informative and entertaining evening.
If you would like a presentation for your local Area Group or Club please contact any of the Directors and we would do our best to meet your request.
National Members Day Out
The B17 Steam Locomotive Trust held its member’s day out on the North Norfolk Railway on Wednesday 1st June 2016. Members, family and friends had a grand day out once again. The day started at 10am and included lunch aboard one of the two trains we boarded; we also got a tour of the Engine shed!.
We had a wonderful day, the food was excellent, the journeys on the trains were great. We loved the Vintage set as this is where we had our cream scones & I was able to stand on the viewing platform on 'Eileen', & film the journey both ways.
The B17 Steam Locomotive Trust would like to extend its grateful thanks to all at the North Norfolk Railway for giving us a great day out again this year; their hospitality is much appreciated.
Watch our video of the trains, the steam and experience the train trip there and back for yourself on our You Tube channel.