Social afternoon Wednesday 28th February 2024

Our next social afternoon for all fully paid up members of The Friends of Vintage Trains will be on Wednesday 28th February 2024 at the Kidderminster Railway Museum at the Severn Valley Railway. This is a new venue for us but will be well known to many members of the Friends. This also offers the opportunity for members who live south of Birmingham to more easily join our socials.

Numbers will have to be limited for this social, so pleased register your interest on the form below. Members may bring one guest to this social.

Our guest speaker for this social will be Mike Corbett, a Friend of Vintage Trains member and a volunteer. Towards the end of a career spanning over 50 years Mike was engaged by the National Railway Museum as project manager for the period of final restoration of Flying Scotsman to operational service in early 2016. Mike will present on his project management experience during the restoration including issues encountered together with the stakeholders involved and including the Tyseley connection.

Following Mike’s talk in the morning we will have a lunch break. Whilst we are not providing lunch there are numerous options near the museum, including the King and Castle pub on site, chip shops opposite the SVR and a recommended one a short distance away and local shops. Advice will be available on the day.

After the lunch break we welcome Ray Churchill and Ray Poole in conversation with Les Ross. All 3 will be well known to many of the Friends, so this will be an entertaining and informative discussion. Audience participation will be welcome.

The agenda for the day is:

  • 11.00 Arrive. Tea and biscuits will be served.
  • 11.30 ‘ Flying Scotsman – Steam, Sweat and Tears ‘ –  Mike Corbet
    Steam locomotive Flying Scotsman returned to mainline running following a prolonged period of overhaul since purchase by the National Railway Museum (NRM) in 2004. Following contract award in October 2013, the final overhaul to deliver the locomotive to mainline running condition in early 2016 was undertaken. Mike Corbett was the NRM project manager and the presentation includes some of the project and engineering management arrangements implemented to deal with the processes and the issues arising to finally deliver the locomotive to running condition.
  • 12.45 Break
  • 2.00 An Audience with Les Ross, Ray Churchill and Ray Poole.
  • 3.30 Depart

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion during the afternoon.

To help us with the planning we would appreciate you completing the following brief Expression of Interest form:

    Please indicate below if you intend to bring a guest. Guests are limited to one per member and if bringing a guest, a voluntary donation towards the cost of the social will be appreciated.

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