Tickets now on sale as iconic London depot opens its doors to the public in celebration of 111 years of engineering excellence
LEGENDS OF THE GREAT WESTERN
Tickets for the OOC111: Legends of the Great Western are now on sale, but you had better be quick, as they are expected to sell out quickly.
Buy your ticket.
The open day on Saturday 2 September will see a unique collection of trains and locomotives, both old and new, which make the Great Western ‘God’s Wonderful Railway’. The full line up will be announced soon.
It is 111 years since Old Oak Common opened on 17 March 1906, and the open day will celebrate its contribution to maintaining the Legends of the Great Western.
During it's 111-year history, the depot and its dedicated, highly skilled staff have maintained everything from the Kings and Castles of the steam era, to the diesel-powered Westerns and Warships.
In 1976 the depot was the maintenance hub in the Western region for the newly introduced High Speeds Trains, the iconic trains which changed the face of Intercity travel in the UK.
While the HST fleet still operates today it is soon to be replaced after over 40 years of service by the new Hitachi Intercity Express Train, which will provide another step change in passenger experience when they begin passenger services later this year.
All profits from the day will go to the depot’s chosen charity Place2Be, which provides mental health support for children in schools and whose patron is HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.
In May 2016 GWR’s St Philips Marsh depot raised over £20,000 for charity with a celebration of 40 years of the High Speed Train.
Here's a tonic for you! A delightful move each evening usually involves clearing the traffic from Long Rock prior to the sets arriving. The Pilot takes the barrier vehicle and cripples into Slopers, and is seen on a stunning 10th May 2017. High tide just passed and the sea a fabulous blue colour.
Cheers for now - the last of the sun for a few days it seems...
Craig Many thanks for the best wishes Craig. We have not been well and the website have been a bit poorly this last week. (Both at my end and with RW) Hopefully things are getting back to normal now. Best wishes to all.
Bank Holiday Monday
1st May 2017
By members of the CRS
Photographs Roger Salter
Andrew Triggs & Roger Winnen
Leaving Cornwall the weather looked very grim indeed and worse was to come as we went into Devon, Exeter was more like winter. Leaving Exeter on the Southern Main Line to Templecombe it began to look more favourable and sunshine prevailed as we neared our destination and remained so for the rest of the day until our departure. It was found out later that Mount Batten, Plymouth had the most railfall in the country on Bank Holiday Monday. The Gartell Railway is well worth a visit, their next steaming day is Bank Holiday Monday 29th May, 2017.
an Update by Andy Rigler