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Bushey Model Railway Society and First Impressions held a display of railway models at 96 Shenley Road on Sunday 24th. The detail of these layouts had to be seen to be believed, and were the result of many hours of effort. The day and displays were entirely free and celebrated 150 years of our local railway service.
Also on display was the amazing model of our station in 1900 by Tony De Swarte which has been added to since last shown in 96. It was soon to feature in Families Day…
28 children from Woodlands School (year 5) visited the Museum last Thursday. They participated in a number of activities. These included map reading, and looking at the growth of Borehamwood since the coming of the railway.
They carried out a museum trail which included dressing up as station staff, engine river, fireman or guard.
The railway handling collection was also put to good use. This includes a railway timepiece, a paraffin lamp and guards whistle. Steam turbines were also assembled and tested with a steam generator. A very well behaved class that had a great time at the Museum.
Thanks to Vania, Helen, Linda and Alan for helping out.
Here’s our entry to the Civic Festival Flower Show, now on display in All Saints Church. Celebrating the 150 Years All Change! Exhibition, the bouquet is based on the colours in the Terence Cuneo railway painting. Showing vibrant red flowers and green leaves, the displays are available for a few days. Tomorrow, Monday 25th, there is a coffee morning in the church, and all are welcome to view the displays and enjoy a cuppa. Please drop in!
Don’t forget to put our History Walk on Sunday 1 July in your calendar. The final event of the Civic Festival fortnight, where else can you get exercise, history, and (hopefully) sunny weather to explore North Borehamwood? Meeting at 2pm at the Co-Op in Organ Hall Road. Hope to see you there!
A hardy band of walkers and railway enthusiasts joined together on Sunday for the inaugral Rail Trail. The Trail is part of the 150 Years All Change! Exhibition at the Museum, and the Celebration of the arrival of the railway to the area.
Starting at Allum Hall we had an introduction by the Trail instigator, Bob Redman, and a brief history of the railway and the station by Teddy’s Trails supremo, John Cartledge. Grabbing our set of photos and our water bottles, we followed John and his megaphone as he took us over Allum Lane to the station. We visited every platform to see where the original photos were taken, and in the process learnt much about the ever-changing face of what is now one of the busiest stations in the country.
Up Theobald Street to Red Road and Robinson’s Bridge, back round to Allum Lane and up Deacon’s Hill Road via the old brickworks’ clay pits to Woodcock Hill, and the old steam train vents in the fields. Then we ventured through overgrown woods and mud to stand on the top of the tunnels. Back down to the station, and we fou0nd we had covered so much ground in 3 to 4 hours.
A great success, and Bob is planning more Trails. Don’t miss out next time!
Our Model Railway Day at 96 Shenley Road was a huge success with over 150 visitors drawn by the model railway layouts, the traditional toy trains, and the amazing Elstree and Borehamwood Station 1900 model.
Created by Tony De Swarte (above) the accurate representation of our station in 1900 complete with station house, signal box, and the famous tunnels, and including sheep on the top of the hill and the long lost trackway from the brick fields, was the highlight. Tony also modelled the cattle pen, brick works and tower, and much more. And running through were the trains of course!
And the many other layouts of different guages and ages were also a big attraction for all ages!
John and Dave get their trains up and running for Model Railway Day tomorrow. See you there with your train set at 96 Shenley Road!
Wednesday night was Friends Night, and a ‘sold-out’ event celebrated our current Exhibition of 150 Years of the railway coming to this area. With a packed second floor of the library, our guest speaker was Bill Davies a retired engine driver on the ‘Bed-Pan Line’ and other parts of the South East. His talk was literally ‘On and Off The Footplate’ with tales of Dr Beeching, adventures in King’s Cross, the demise of steam, confusing the public, and the occasional near mishap. A fascinating insight into life behind the driver’s handle, accompanied by many photos for train lovers, and many amusing anecdotes. We were then treated to a quiz by Tevi Corman based around films and trains, right back to 1903!
The meeting for April was based on a look back at Industry in Borehamwood between 1890 - 1990. The presentation included 30 photographs of the local companies now long gone. Lots of talk about Elliott Automation and John Laing. One of the participants had also worked for Hunting Surveys in the Elstree Way.
Do you have a model railway, old or new?
Have a huge set-up, in the loft, on a shelf?
Can you bring it to 96 Shenley Road on Saturday 21st April?
Would you like to play with lots of railways?
Then please let us know by ringing the Museum on 01442.454888
Help us celebrate 150 years of railways in this area.
Bring your children to enjoy the days of steam.
See you there!