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Some two years ago it was planned to arrange a visit to the above in conjunction with the York Signalling Centre, but at that time the delicate nature of industrial relations precluded this taking place.  Since then, the DfT has ruled that Network Rail cannot allow non-essential visitors into the large Signalling Operating Centres.  The Records Centre & Archive however does welcome visitors in limited numbers and the National Railway Museum in York makes an interesting add on for later.  


The visit to the  Network Rail National Records Centre, Audax Road, Clifton Moor, York, YO30 4US, will take place on Wednesday 26th June commencint at 11:00 am.  There is no charge for this members-only visit but numbers are strictly limited to 15 persons.

If not travelling directly to the Centre by car, you can take a taxi from York station, estimated journey time about 15 minutes. There is also a bus service no. 6 from Station Avenue nearby, terminating at Tesco Clifton Moor, which is about 5 minutes’ walk from the NR Centre.  However, in both cases be aware that road works and developments around the Station and Leeman Road are causing delays.

The Archivist, Vicky Stretch, hopes to locate some documents relating to NTT Red Wheel sites for our interest, as well as, for example, others dating back to Brunel and Stephenson.  I have also asked that if when booking, members state an interest in a particular location or property, then if at all possible, she will also try to locate items of interest relating to your nominated site.
If you take a taxi, it would be worthwhile arranging a return collection, say at 12.45pm.  If later visiting the NRM, note that the Station Hall and main Café are closed for the major re-building works, but other areas are open.

To join this visit contact the organiser Brian Ward by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you wish to do so, nominate your place/site of special interest, and I will pass this on to the Centre Archivist beforehand.  Closing date for applications: Friday 14th June.

 

 

Music Impresario and steam enthusiast Pete Waterman will be unveiling our latest Red Wheel at Braunston Marina on 29th June 2024, at 10.00 am.  This will be part of the Braunston Marina Canal Rally that is taking place over the weekend 20/30 June 2024.

The Red Wheel celebrates the history of Braunston Wharf and will complement the Red Wheel further down the cut that highlights the Braunston Canal Village:  both are part of this key hub on the UK canal network.  It is planned that the Red Wheel will be placed on the waterside engine workshop facing the canal and the famous Horsley Ironworks Bridge.  The workshop was built during WWII – it is suggested by the Women’s Land Army.

Canal Rally

NTT members are welcome to attend the event and the unveiling.  We will have a number of complimentary car park passes available but once those are gone, they are gone.  Car entry is then £20 per car, irrespective of passenger numbers.

 The marina address is:Braunston Marina Ltd,  The Wharf Braunston  Northamptonshire  NN11 7JH.  Click here for What3words

If you would like to take advantage of one of the car park passes, please email Jerry Swift as soon as possible, or call on 07956 295489.



 

 

 

Sir William Worsley Bt., Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, has kindly agreed to unveil our next National Transport Trust Red Wheel at Brompton by Sawdon celebrating the work of Sir George Cayley.

The unveiling will be at 1.30pm on Friday, 5th July 2024 at Sir George Cayley’s Workshop, Brompton Hall School, Brompton-by-Sawdon, North Yorkshire, YO13 9DB, courtesy of Venn Academy Trust who operate Sir George’s former home as a school.  Click here for location.  There is a bus from Scarborough if you wish to use public transport.  Light refreshments will be available afterwards.

Sir George is regarded by many as the father of flight.  He developed the theories of flight that underpinned the work of later experimenters and was credited by the Wright Brothers.  His flying machine, a steerable glider, took his coachman aloft over the dale opposite Brompton Hall in the mid 19th century – the exact date is not clear.  In addition he invented what became known as the caterpillar track, the spoked bicycle wheel and did work on early prosthetics.  Sir William Worsley is a descendant of Sir George.

NTT members are welcome to attend the event and the unveiling but places are limited so if you wish to attend, please contact Jerry Swift by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 07956 295489.   Closing date for requests is 20th June 2024.

 

 

 

A Group visit to the Reserve Collection of the Science Museum in Swindon has been arranged for Friday 12th July at 11.00am.

At present, the Reserve Collection is closed to members of the public but is planned to partially re-open in the Autumn, but as a bona fide group of transport enthusiasts, we have been allowed exclusive early access prior to its re-opening.

Initially, our visit will take the form of a guided tour which is likely to last for about an hour. The full range of exhibits is not available as many of the vehicles and transport artefacts are currently being moved around, but amongst other things, we will see a display of cars, fire engines, motorcycles and buses, including the only preserved example of a Brighton Trolleybus.  I had hoped that we would be permitted to see their aircraft collection including the last remaining Lockheed Constellation, but that won’t be possible this time and neither will the general public get to see any aircraft when the museum re-opens in the Autumn.

After the guided tour, we will be served tea and coffee, following which we will then be free to look at leisure at the collection. Unfortunately, there are no catering facilities on site, but we are allowed to bring a picnic, or alternatively, members can find somewhere to eat off-site afterwards.

The charge for this visit is £5 for Members (£8 for non-members) to include tea / coffee and anyone wishing to join us on this visit is encouraged to sign up quickly, as spaces are limited to just 15 people and places will be allocated on a “first come first served basis”. Once you have been notified that you have definitely been allocated a place on the visit, payment should be made to our Treasurer, but please do not send any payment until you have that confirmation.
 You will be notified subsequently of how to make the payment
You can find out more about the Collection here.
To book your place on this trip, please contact our Visits Organiser by email by clicking This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We look forward to receiving bookings but please don’t delay, as this trip is expected to fill up quickly.                        

 

 

 

An exclusive  NTT Members group visit to the ex-GWR signalbox at Princes Risborough has been arranged for Sunday 14th July at 11.00am.

Princes Risborough North Signal Box is an impressive 118-year-old mechanical signal box built in 1904 to the standard Great Western Railway design of the day. It stands just to the north of Princes Risborough station, which is served by mainline Chiltern Railways trains as well as trains on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough heritage railway.  The partly restored signal box has a reduced set of working levers that control the points and signals on the heritage steam railway to the rear of the box, which runs parallel to the Chiltern main lines at the front of the box. Further restoration work continues.

There is no charge for this visit, but donations towards the ongoing restoration work would be appreciated.  Anyone wishing to join us on this visit is encouraged to sign up quickly, as spaces are limited to 20 people and places will be allocated on a “first come first served basis”. Once you have been notified that you have definitely been allocated a place on the visit, payment should be made to our Treasurer, but please do not send any payment until you have that confirmation.  You will be notified subsequently of how to make the payment
Click here to find out more about the signal box.


As we have visited the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway previously, no arrangements have been made to re-visit and ride the line again this time, but anyone wishing to do so can make their own booking on the 10.45am departure from Chinnor and alight at Princes Risborough where we will meet you on the platform adjacent to the signalbox. Return trips to Chinnor depart at 12.30pm, 13.50pm, 15.15pm and 16.35pm.

To book your place on this visit, please contact our Visits Organiser by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


We look forward to receiving bookings but please don’t delay, as this trip is expected to fill up quickly.
                    

 

 

 

A Group visit to the Tyseley Depot in Birmingham has been arranged for Saturday 27th July at 2pm.

The tour will last for up to 2 hours duration and includes:
•    Briefing in original GWR staff club
•    Visit to miniature railway site
•    Visit to locomotive roundhouse footprint & turntable and carriage shed
•    Visit to signalbox
•    Locomotive depot to view operational locomotives (but not the engineering workshop).

The charge for this visit is £12 for Members (£17 for non-members) to include tea / coffee on arrival and anyone wishing to join us on this visit is encouraged to sign up quickly, as spaces are limited to just 20 people and places will be allocated on a “first come first served basis”.

Once you have been notified that you have definitely been allocated a place on the visit, payment should be made to our Treasurer, but please do not send any payment until you have that confirmation.  
You can find further information about the depot here.

To book your place on this trip, please contact our Visits Organiser by email by clicking This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

A visit to the Battle of Britain Bunker at Uxbridge has been arranged on Friday 16th August at 2pm. It should appeal not only to aircraft enthusiasts but also more generally to anyone wanting to learn more about our history and the conduct of the defence of the country during WW2.

The visit comprises a tour lasting about an hour and the Bunker is reached by going down 76 steps into the underground 1940s Operations Room, which was used by RAF Fighter Command No.11. The Bunker is a series of rooms on two levels and comprises an Operations or Plotting Room with its large map table, squadron display boards, balloon and weather states and is exactly as it was when Winston Churchill visited on 15th September 1940.

The Tour begins with a seated presentation followed by a visit to the newly refreshed bunker exhibition, after which we are free to look around the fully accessible visitor centre and exhibition space with lifts and wheelchair access. Although the bunker itself involves the use of a staircase, for visitors with reduced mobility a pre-recorded virtual bunker tour in the wheelchair accessible auditorium is provided. A café can be found on site for those needing lunch or refreshments, together with a gift shop.

Parking, including disabled spaces, is available on site and for those travelling by public transport the nearest underground station is Uxbridge which involves a longish walk across the park and buses also stop nearby.

Click here to find out more about this venue.


The charge for this visit is £10 for Members (£13 for non-members). Anyone wishing to join us on this visit is encouraged to sign up quickly, as spaces are limited to just 20 people and places will be allocated on a “first come first served basis”. Once you have been notified that you have definitely been allocated a place on the visit, payment should be made to our treasurer, but please do not send any payment until you have that confirmation. You will be notified subsequently of how to make the payment

To book your place on this visit, please contact our visits organiser by email by clicking This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

National Transport Trust, Old Bank House, 26 Station Approach, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Surrey KT10 0SR