8th October 2019 · Branch AGM

The branch held its AGM on 8 October with a total of 22 members present, a slight increase on recent years. The Secretary announced updates to the annual report including a further increase to the membership to 134 and conclusion to the arrangement of the display of the branch D10 nameplate at Quainton Road and MR 2P number plate plus East Midlander headboard at Wirksworth.

Members enquired as to the possibility of summer outdoor visits in addition to the informal line side programme at major stations. It was agreed in principle subject to volunteers making the arrangements. A request to increase the number of afternoon meetings from 2 to 3 was agreed for the first meeting in December subject to the availability of our meeting venue.

The existing committee were again elected en-bloc.

After a short break Brian Beer showed a compilation of more than 20 old film clips on DVD starting with coal sorting at Shipley Colliery and hump shunting in Toton yard. Other clips included the opening of the new Calverton Colliery, Rugby Testing Station, Kings Cross and the 1925 S & D celebrations. Rare locomotives included LNER W1 before it was rebuilt, 6399 Fury, LNER P2, LMS 6202 Turbomotive and gas turbine 18100. Brian agreed to find some more clips for the AGM next year.