Saturday 5th November, 2016
Roger Salter Andrew Triggs Ron Westwater and Roger Winnen
The answer is yes we can - Roy Hart, Mike Roach and Lewis Slee reply.
John Cornelius replies - Morning Keith, The pic of 6998 enroute to Didcot was taken at Taunton, In what is now the main up platform [old platform 7]. the white buildings seen centre left were the office block, which is still in situ and the roof canopy for former platforms 3 & 4 can be seen, as can a building at the top of the centre platform ramp,which was later demolished. Many thanks John
I read with interest the article concerning Burton Agnes Hall and its subsequent move to Didcot along with the other items of the GWS society in 1967. It brought back a memory for me as whilst I was not fortunate enough to own a camera at the time, I actually got to have a close up tour of her at Laira. A friend of mine at high school at the time was a chap by the name of Geoff Roberts and his father was a long time engine driver from Laira shed and also close colleague of my father, Ivor Slee who was a driver at Laira, Millbay and North Road. My friends father arranged for us to visit Laira after school one afternoon for the purpose of giving us a look around the locomotive.
We arrived at Laira's main entrance on the Embankment Road and met his father who took us in to Laira depot and up on to the locomotive. She was at this time not in steam and was parked up by the "Mullet pond". We were able to clamber aboard and Geoff's dad took us around and explained the finer points of the loco to us. He like my father being a steam man through and through and no doubt if you had cut them half they would have had GWR stamped all the way through!! I don't recall seeing any of the other stock of the GWS there at the time but the memory I have is that it was a very cold, foggy day and getting a rocket from my Mum when I got home as I was covered in coal dust and grease. Not good for the school uniform. I do have an old newspaper cutting from the Western Morning News of all of the convoy departing North Road Station on what appeared to be a very grey, drizzly morning. I just wish I had the foresight to borrow my brother's camera and take some shots of the visit.
Many thanks for a most interestung letter Lewis.