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Autumn Steam Gala 2015
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Danny252



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite well apparently with minor delays, although Taw Valley has failed on the last up (no, I don't know how "failed" is defined in this case!).

Edit: Tantrum ended, engine working again.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:36 pm    Post subject: I Reply with quote

sharpo wrote:
Hope Thursday went well, I wasn't "allowed out to play" today but did see 34027 & 46521 from Castle Hill at Bridgnorth around lunchtime.


Hope the judge lets out soon Wink we need to see your videos of this weekend on YT Very Happy

Fingers crossed Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny252 wrote:
Quite well apparently with minor delays, although Taw Valley has failed on the last up (no, I don't know how "failed" is defined in this case!).

Edit: Tantrum ended, engine working again.

Tender brakes dragging and we arrived about 45 mins late into Kidderminster (I was on the train).
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:38 pm    Post subject: Re: I Reply with quote

45002 wrote:
sharpo wrote:
Hope Thursday went well, I wasn't "allowed out to play" today but did see 34027 & 46521 from Castle Hill at Bridgnorth around lunchtime.


Hope the judge lets out soon Wink we need to see your videos of this weekend on YT Very Happy

Fingers crossed Cool

MARTIN Razz

Thank for that - it made me smile!! It's good to know my videos give some enjoyment???

Can I put in a request - no more gala or preview days on September 17th, as it is "somebody's" birthday (not mine)

Also, wedding anniversary on 20th so that hasn't gone down well either!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoyable day at the Gala today.( Friday) Everything appeared to be running pretty much to time. Even the weather played ball.

The Scot looked superb.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice day out, trains were full and the visitors looked great.

https://flic.kr/p/yMxpg6
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A pleasant video of the Scot arriving at Kidderminster with the first train from Bridgnorth on Friday.

https://youtu.be/ByLYhZP2X98
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't sorted the video of the Brit yet, but have grabbed a frame and uploaded to my blog, so if you want to see a shot of the Brit departing from Kidder.....

http://www.sharpos-world.co.uk/blog/?p=5614
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 12:42 pm    Post subject: gala - saturday Reply with quote

hello
yet another great gala thanks to everyone who made it happen
some photos at www.stevebottrill.zenfolio.com
kind regards
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Zep 108. Many thanks to all concerned. One comment that made me smile was over heard on a train that stopped at Highley. Two gentlemen were sitting opposite me looking at the people allongside the fence watching the train. One said, 'Look at all those old F*rts. Not one under 70' His friend looked and replied that he was right. Both these genlemen were of the same age group. Looking around most people were of the older generation with more of the slightly younger ones on Saturday.
Durring the night I bumped into 'He who must be obeyed' while he was on guard duty. Asked about the late issue of the WTT this year, I was assured that next year it would be issued earlier. Lets hope.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 1:06 am    Post subject: ASG 2015 Reply with quote

Just a quick post to thank everybody involved in this year's ASG. We really are exceptionally lucky to have such a great railway to visit and such great events to enjoy - thank you.
A couple of observations:
1. Please keep faith with all night running, and don't let the actions of a few spoil it for the many. Thank you to the platform staff and others at Bridgnorth who handled a potentially tricky situation on Friday night superbly. Just sorry for the couple who got moved into a compartment previously occupied by 3 idiots who clearly don't appreciate what 'doing the overnight' is all about.
2. The timetable appeared a little 'safe' this year, and although I'm sure there are great reasons why, there was a certain something missing - especially at Highley - it just seemed too quiet! The sidings are going rusty...
All the same, a great event - thank you.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the subject of overheard conversations...
I got an early morning train to Bridgnorth, then crossed over to get the next one back.
I got in to a compartment with two people who obviously take riding on trains a lot more seriously than I do, so I asked them "Do you know which locomotive we've got on the front?"
One of them gave me an "Oh no, we're sharing a compartment with someone who's not a proper enthusiast like us" look and said "Britannia" as if I was stupid for not having done my research beforehand.
Half an hour later we were approaching Bewdley when they had a conversation that went something like;
"There were all pigs and swans in that field"
"Swans!?"
"Yes, swans!"

I may not be a proper railway enthusiast, but first of all, I wouldn't be surprised at seeing swans in a field next to a river, and secondly, I know the difference between swans and geese. Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trains didn't seem so crowded this year when I travelled. Didn't seem to be the "usual type of visitor" for galas, but more families "out for the day". Less photographers as well.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sharpo wrote:
Trains didn't seem so crowded this year when I travelled. Didn't seem to be the "usual type of visitor" for galas, but more families "out for the day". Less photographers as well.


Whilst I don't know one way or the other, as wasn't able to attend this could be, as per the 'passenger numbers' thread elsewhere on this forum, a byproduct of people not having the disposable income that they once had. Though I gather from a friend who did attend that at least one train (with Royal Scot hauling) was announced as being 'full to standing' (or words to that effect).

Nonetheless, next year's Autum gala will be a success by default courtesy of Flying Scotman's visit.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most trains on Friday and Saturday were full leaving Kidderminster (only by late afternoon did they quieten down). The auto was down to be only 1 coach until the evenings but the second coach was used after the first run on Saturday due to the large number of people wishing to travel on it.
Sunday was a bit more spread out, still plenty of people though.
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