Depot Open Weekend
- Friday, 03 June 2011 13:34
3846 visitors attended the Acton Depot Open Weekend on 12th/13th March 2011. As is usual for the Spring event, the theme was London’s transport in miniature. The Friends’ sales stall did good business, grossing over £4000. 984 passengers travelled on the Acton Miniature Railway and 1171 on the heritage bus trips.
The Friends recruiting new members at the Depot Open Weekend
Spa Valley Visit
- Wednesday, 02 February 2011 11:16
32 Friends and their guests took part in a visit to the Spa Valley Railway at Tunbridge Wells on Saturday 4th September. Here’s a report:
Most of the group travelled by train from Charing Cross, though only as far as Tonbridge, from where engineering works dictated a bus replacement service to Tunbridge Wells. While adding time to the journey, it also provided additional interest for some! On arrival at the Spa Valley Railway, in that part of the former extensive station site which has not been taken over by Sainsbury’s, the party was greeted by Friend and Spa Valley volunteer Damon Cross.
Galleries Of Modern London
- Thursday, 21 October 2010 16:20
On 12th July 2010, Friends from the four London Hub Museums met at the Museum of London for a private viewing of the new Galleries of Modern London.
Friends were greeted on arrival by drinks and other refreshments, which were available throughout the evening. Kate Starling, the Museum of London’s Director of Major Projects briefly described the thinking behind the new galleries project - the most significant development at the Museum since it opened in 1976. The new displays cover the Expanding City (1660s to 1850s), the People’s City (1850s to 1950s) and World City (1950s to Today). These are complemented by the existing Victorian Walk shop-fronts display and by the impressive technology of a digital clock running round the entrance area, along with feeds from live web sites and images presenting the 24-hour life of London in 24 minutes.
Friends’ Outing to Seaton
- Thursday, 21 October 2010 16:15
Richard Moules describes the day.
Friends gathered at Waterloo Station on 12th June and travelled on the new hourly South West Trains’ service to Axminster with its reinstated second platform. There they were joined by Nick Agnew, who was holidaying in the area with his family. Waiting to transport us in glorious Devonian sunshine was an open top Leyland Atlantean, Registration No. MSJ 499, in "Devon General" cream and red livery, named "Admiral Blake". (How many buses have names I wonder?). This is currently owned by Devonian Motor Services of Paignton, and was expertly driven through winding roads by Graham Bailey, over the short distance to Seaton and the narrow gauge tramway terminus.