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Editorial, by Bob Stapley

At the railway we are still unable to run the full length of the line down to Percy Main, because of continuing works being car- ried out on the Coast Road bridge. Although this has been incon- venient to us, it has not deterred members of the public from visiting us, and giving us quite healthy numbers riding the train. No doubt the attraction of a steam loco, our no. 401, has been quite important in maintaining this interest.

This disruption has not affected the day to day business of the Association, and we are continuing to plan as usual. It may seem sad that we need to think about our Christmas specials at this time of year, however that is exactly what we are doing— planning for future events for when we are back to full running.

One new event this year has been the team building exercise in April. About 25 volunteers took part in the event, held at the Na- tional Railway Museum in York. It was voted a big success by all, and has encouraged some suggestions for future events. John Pratt’s article on that day is on page 16, however space does not permit a fuller description of the socialising which went on after the main part of the visit—surely an important part of the team building exercise.

We have some new contributors in this edition. Colin Alexander has given me a very long article on reminiscences of railways in our area. I am serialising the article, so we have more to look forward to in future editions. With the courtesy of Neville Stead, George Armstrong has supplied some photos of our line and the Percy Main area as it was many years ago, which will be familiar to our older members, and recognisable to the younger ones. Thanks go to all of the contributors who have supplied what I think is some very interesting reading.

Now that summer is here, don’t forget—if you visit any railways during your holidays, photos and articles are always welcome.




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