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Butterley Garden Railway Association


2023 BGRA Open Day

Our first Open Day post COVID was a bit of a worry from the start. We knew that we couldn't match the scale of previous gala weekends but we were determined to do something.

We were unable to book traders and we knew that our plant sales would be limited but we could still sell teas and have a second hand stand. Footfall at the MRT had been poor all year so we planned a compact Open Day.

The day came, we put up a gazebo over the sidings and set up a great looking stall for second hand stuff in the cabin. Glenis sold teas and coffees and made sure that the cabin looked very attractive. Om the track we'd asked members to bring more than one loco to make a display for the public and Mike got passing kids to try out a radio diesel round the top track.

The weather was stunning, the hottest day of the year so far. Temperatures of 30 degrees plus wore us out but the locos loved it. A great day was had and overall it was a credit to our club and its members.

Joe, Jon and Elliot took the photos.

(Saturday 10th June 2023)


Some of these photos, in high quality, can also be seen on the BGRA Instagram Page or other BGRA Social Media Sites.


Joe's Photos


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Colin.s Lilla

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Some debate about this well lined Loco. We thought it might be an Accuraft Mortimer but in fact its an Accucraft made to looks ;Iike a T4 Edward Thomas.

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John's Accucraft K1.

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Jon's new and rather gorgeous Wrightscale Wren.

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Eric's resplendent red Jennie

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Seldom seen running is the K1

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The K1 is renown for poor running but it loved the hot weather.

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John said he'd never seen it running so well.

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Recently overhauled Regner Lumberjack (new springs).

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Elliot did some coal firing but it was SO HOT.

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The gazebo was most welcome.

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K1 again. Someone said John should move to South Africa.

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Elliot sets his display on David's Loop.

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Mike set up his collection front of layout.

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Jon's Photos


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Jon shared three excellent photos.

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Each one showing how beautiful the layout looked on that sunny afternoon.

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And how everyone had set up their engines in little areas of the track.


Elliot's Photos


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Elliot took some great train photos.

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He also took some great shots of members.

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Eric staying cool while Jon dozes.

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Joe plots his next photo.

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The platforms in the background watching over us.

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Mike entertains the public.

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That K1 had a really good day.

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John chats to Dave.

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Joe gets the perfect angle.

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An unusual angle under the foot bridge.

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Elliot's locos.

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Tom running but no sign of his locos. No sign of Glenis either which is a shame because she did a brilliant job pulling us all together for a fun day. Thanks Glenis.

Joe's video of the day (4:25 mins).

Dave's video of the day (3:19 mins).

Elliot's Video of the Day in 9.3 seconds (set to repeat).


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