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To contact the Society please email David O`Neill at bcrscontact@gmail.com 

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Co-op Local Community Fund

We’re delighted that Bishop’s Castle Railway Society Weighbridge Project has been selected to take part in the Co-op Local Community Fund for another year. The funding round started on Sunday 24th October 2021 and will run until 22nd October 2022. During this time, Co-op members will be able to select us as their chosen cause. The more members who select us, the more funds we’ll receive.

You can follow the progress of how much you are helping to raise by visiting our profile page https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/57269

Even though we’re linked to Bishop`s Castle Co-op, money raised through Co-op membership can be generated anywhere in the UK, as long as a Member is buying selected products or services from the Co-op Group. You can choose which cause to support by signing into your membership account or by calling the membership helpline on 0800 023 4708.

If you are not already a Co-op member you can join online at coop.co.uk/membership or by downloading the Co-op app.

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Two previously unseen photographs have been sent to us by William Cadwallader who now lives in Cape Town. One photo is of William`s father Ned Cadwallader (on the left), who was the last apprentice employed by the BCR, and (on the right), William`s grandfather, John (Jack) Cadwallader, the driver of Carlisle. The other photo is of Carlisle at rest in the engine shed and the photo below of No.1, William suggests is taken between Lydham and B.C. -1933. However, a knowledgeable society member thinks that it could possibly have been taken near Stretford Bridge not Lydham. Both Jack and Ned were involved with the demolition of the line.

 

MARCH 15th 2019

 

 

THE BANANA VAN LEAVES BLODWELL QUARRY AT LLANSANTFFRAID AND ARRIVES AT THE WEIGHBRIDGE SITE

BANANA VAN
Earlier this month three members of the project team met with Ken Owen, the current van owner, in Llansantffraid to clear out the banana van in readiness for it to be transported to the weighbridge site. The site is almost ready to receive it, we are just waiting for Ransfords to clear a two and a half metre strip along the east side of the building for the van to be placed on the north eastern corner to enable all round access for repairs to begin.
It is hoped to have it on site in time for the planned Easter Open Days, though not repaired quite that soon!
A number was found on the chassis which will enable further research into the history of the van. For budding researchers the number is clearly 82 then could be 846, 546, 548 or 846?


 

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LYDHAM HEATH
Lydham Heath has had several outings this year at local shows in Welshpool and Ludlow. It has created a lot of interest and we’ve been fortunate that members from Newtown Model Railway Society have operated it on our behalf. Showing a layout like this means that regular maintenance is required; Lydham Heath is no exception and some work is required both on the layout and the stock. Because of this, and because it was felt that local interest in it has been satisfied, it was decided to seek a new home for it. Lydham Heath has found a new home and its new owner Simon Dunkley plans to take it out and show it at new venues. Simon, chairman of the “S” Gauge Society, has helped operate it in the past and is looking forward to giving Lydham Heath a new lease of life. Simon has joined the BCRS too; he says he’s been meaning to for twenty years……. He’s offered us a return visit when the Weighbridge has been completed.
We are very grateful to David Finney and Craven Arms and District Model Railway Circle for looking after Lydham Heath on our behalf.

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JANUARY 12th 2018

THE END OF AN ERA

The Museum is finally empty and the keys are handed in. As one door closes another door opens. In our case two doors! The BCR collection will be on display in the House on Crutches Museum in Bishop`s Castle when it opens for the 2018 season on Good Friday 30th March. It is also full steam ahead with The Weighbridge Project. A lot of work is being done behind the scenes during the winter months. Please check the Weighbridge Project page for regular updates.

THE FINAL DAYS OF MOVING OUT OF THE MUSEUM

The bad weather before Christmas meant that scheduled working parties had to be postponed. The new owners of the building have very kindly given us two weeks grace to vacate, so more working parties have been hastily arranged. On Thursday 4th January seven members turned up to help with the heavy items.

 

END OF AN ERA – The museum finally closed to the public on Saturday 7th October 2017