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2017 'NINE ELMS ENGINEMEN'S REUNION'
Invitations will be shortly sent out to supporters of our annual ‘Nine Elms Enginemen's Reunion’ that will be held this year on Wednesday the 9th August at Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway - joining instructions as usual will accompany the invitation.
Sadly some names are now missing from the ‘roster’ since our very first reunion in 1999, time has passed for us all so a natural a decline in attendance is not altogether unexpected. Whatever I trust you will positively respond to the ‘clarion’ call once again, particularly on the fiftieth anniversary of the end of steam.
Equally a reminder to those that seldom frequent the ‘Old Southeronians’ at Woking too often but we’re having a small ‘wake’, buffet included, to remember the final steam days albeit on the 5th July (details below)!
Regards to all.
Jim Lester & Tim Crowley
OLD SOUTHERONIANS – WOKING CLUB
In order to mark the 50th Anniversary of the ‘End of Main Line Steam on the Southern Region’ why not join us at the Woking Club, Goldsworth Road from 12 noon on Wednesday 5th July where many former railwaymen can join footplate crews, from a variety of steam depots, and share such memories of those times together.
- 12H00 WEDNESDAY 5TH JULY 2017 -
Always a grand selection of ales are to be had at the bar and the ‘Nine Elms Enginemen’s Reunion’ will sponsor a FREE sandwich buffet on the day, so make the effort and come along and meet some old colleagues. This is too good an offer to miss!
Jim Lester and Tim Crowley - 70A
Class N15 No.30749 'Iseult' at Woking in 1955. Photo copyright Jim Lester
GUILDFORD MPD PLAQUE
A plaque is being made to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the closing of Guildford Motive Power Depot (70C) and the end of steam on the Southern Region. The design will be very similar in style to other plaques placed at historic areas throughout Guildford and will be a fitting tribute to all men that worked at the depot over the past decade. Two of the etchings on the plaque, one showing two Class 700 locomotives and the other, U Class 31633 departing Guildford are from photographs taken by Richard Greenwood MBE (with his kind permission). The third etching of USA Class 30072 on the final day of steam is from a photograph taken by the late Dave Salmon.
The unveiling ceremony will take place at the entrance to the Multi-Storey car park, Farnham Road, Guildford on Sunday 9th July at 11am and all are invited to attend this historic occasion.
The plaque will cost £850 and half of this expense has already been raised. However, should anyone else wish to contribute to this worthy cause, please contact Geoff Burch via his email address:
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: 6th July 2017
David Shepherd has been invited to attend.
SPECIAL TRAIN IN MEMORY OF PAUL ANDERSON
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: "WATERLOO SUNSET"
On Friday 6th October, The 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust is running a special train in memory of Paul Anderson, who died on January 17th. As many of you will know, Paul was a fireman at Nine Elms in the 1960's, working out of Waterloo on everything from the big "Merchant Navy" Pacifics to the many 82XXX tanks that finished their days in and around the former LSWR terminus. One of the things he was most looking forward to was to fire 82045 when it enters service on the SVR, a solemn promise I'd made to him some years ago.
Paul was laid to rest at the end of January on a murky, drizzly afternoon at Halifax's Stoney Royd Cemetery. A native of South London, he had asked for Ray Davies's unforgettable 1967 hit "Waterloo Sunset" to be played at the simple ceremony, and so this is the name we have chosen for the train. The SR-style headboard will read WATERLOO SUNSET with, underneath, Paul Lawrence Anderson 1945-2017.
The special will consist of one round trip Bridgnorth-Kidderminster scheduled to be hauled by 34027 'Taw Valley', leaving Bridgnorth around 11.00, arriving back at about 16.00. There will be a three-hour stopover at Kidderminster, during which we hope to surprise you with some nice jollies.
Paul was one of our dearest friends and an exuberant character, and would be delighted that proceeds from the event are to kick-start the 82045 Future Account, a money pot which we are establishing in order to ensure that funds will always be available to look after the new loco's future wellbeing after it has entered service.
Ticket price has been fixed at £30, and you can reserve yours by sending a stamped addressed envelope, with your cheque payable to The 82045 Steam Locomotive Trust , to:
Mrs.Barbara Massau, 4 Southfield, Prestbury, Cheshire SK10 4XF.
Please remember to include your full postal address, telephone number and email address.
NINE ELMS REUNION 2016
Thanks to Tim Crowley and Jim Lester for organising another successful and thoroughly enjoyable Reunion today! A great deal of time and effort went into making it all come together - even more so this year with the enforced date change.
Maunsell 'Q' 0-6-0 30541 carrying our Nine Elms Enginemen headboard at Sheffield Park, 24th August 2016.
Photograph David Redman © 2015
NINE ELMS AFLOAT!
Kevin Wilkins (of the Battle of Britain Locomotive Society) recently spotted this vessel with a familiar name on the Thames.
Photograph Kevin Wilkins © 2016
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NINE ELMS REUNION - 2015
S15 4-6-0 847 carrying our Nine Elms Enginemen headboard at East Grinstead on 11th August 2015.
Photograph David Redman © 2015
NINE ELMS REUNION - 2013
Here is a photo of 9F 92212 proudly displaying our Nine Elms Enginemen headboard or arrival at East Grinstead on 31st July 2013.
Thanks to Richard Redman for the photograph via Tim Crowley. Richard Redman © 2013
Nine Elms friends
We were pleased to receive this photo from Jim Rowe:
Nine Elms enginemen (left to right) Jim Lester, Peter Roberts and Phil Bassett in Arnhem over the weekend of 25 - 28 May 2012.
Photograph © 2012 Jim Rowe
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Photos and story from the 8th May 2010 special train to Yeovil and Weymouth
Nine Elms Enginemen Reunion 2010 - Photos and comments.
Nine Elms Enginemen Reunion 2009 - Steve West's and Andy Cook's photos.
Nine Elms Enginemen Reunion 2008 - Steve West's photos.
Nine Elms Enginemen Reunion 2007 - Steve West's photos.
Mid Hants Railway visit May 2007 - story and photos