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Butterley Garden Railway Association


Newsletter.

An occasional newsletter edited by Lucy.

If you would like your photos published in the next issue, please email them and a short caption to: lucyatbgra@gmail.com

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Last Month At BGRA

May was a month filled with fairly nice weather and a couple of events that got us excited to be outdoors. It was also another month of planning as we get ever closer to this years Gala Weekend.

Vintage & Oscillator Day

The May bank holiday offered up some dreadful weather for the member that attended our vintage and oscillator day this year. There was a reasonable turnout of members and some very nice engines on display. However, the weather seemed to want everyone to stay inside where the heating was.

Norman, one of our BGRA members, brought a very impressive Wilesco static steam engine and workshop and ran it on compressed air all day.

Mamod Day

On the first weekend of June, we held our usual Mamod day. The weather treated us nicely on this Saturday, however it was a small disappointment that there were a lack of people running.

Norman had set up an excellent display of static engines that gathered a lot of the public attention. Despite some small issues that Mamods tend to have (blown sight glass or two) it was a successful day of running for all who attended.

Mamod Day
Mamod Day

Photo on the left: “Norman’s impressive display of static engines from our Mamod day.” Picture and caption provided by Lucy

Photo on the right: ”Old whiskers puzzling over a loco he and his son bought at Peterborough!”. Picture and caption provided by Don Butterell


If you would like your photos published in the next issue, please email them and a short caption to: lucyatbgra@gmail.com

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Last Month At BGRA

Spring Twilight Run

Our annual Spring Twilight Run commenced at noon on the 27th March. It was our first event of the year and it started off the year with great positivity.

Running started at 12 noon and went on until it was too dark to see who was left at the railway. At around 6pm running almost came to a complete standstill while most of our members stopped to enjoy the fish and chip supper from Leebrooks Fish Bar.

The event was a great success and everyone who took part seemed to have great fun doing what they love and of course, enjoying a free meal.

Butterley In Bloom

Thanks to our gardener Glenis and her various helpers (Tom and Norman), the garden has now begun to bloom beautifully. Visitors at BGRA get to appreciate a wonderfully looked after garden whilst viewing our trains.

We would like to take the time to thank all those who put in the hard work and effort with our garden.

A Call to All Members

A quick reminder that our two-day Gala show is slowly approaching, and we would like to ask you to consider donating any unwanted gifts or small prizes for our tombola this year.

Also, any plants, pots or garden related items that could be donated to Glenis would be greatly appreciated.

Norman will be running a member sales stand and will sell all sorts of garden railway and other goodies. If you have things you want to sell then contact Norman.

This newsletter also relies on member input and information so please take a minute or two out of your week to e-mail any pictures or text that you would like to be placed in the next newsletter.

Night Run
Night Run

A well-lit and well attended Twilight Run. Pictures by Keith. If you would like your photos published in the next issue, please e-mail them and a short caption to: lucyatbgra@gmail.com

If you have any suggestions for what you would like to see in ‘Last Month at BGRA’ please e-mail your suggestions to lucyatbgra@gmail.com


Last Month At BGRA

Annual General Meeting

February was a good start to the year for the club as our AGM came around on the 24th. The weather decided to play nice and it was sunny for all the members who came out. At 2pm however, it was time for all to venture inside and discuss the year that the club has had.

The AGM was started by a talk from Garden Rail’s Editor, Phil Parker who discussed with our members about how to make a little money back from documenting their modelling.

After that it was time to get down to business and discuss what our last year had presented us with. For all members who couldn’t attend the AGM, a copy of the minutes will be available in the cabin for you to read.

Track Maintenance Group

During the AGM, there was a formation of a new track group who will be undertaking discussions of track improvements and maintenance throughout the next year.

If you wish to be a part of this group, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with John Rymer, who will pass your name on to the right places.

Train running on AGM day
Train running on AGM day

Two of the many trains that were ran during the AGM. Photo’s provided by member David Ashworth. If you would like your photos published in the next issue, please email them and a short caption to: lucyatbgra@gmail.com

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