Saturday, 29 December 2012
Did the Sussex toy and collectors fair at Hayward's Heath, but after taking away the show fee, we made about £11! Still, had good company with John Z and John Hayward and Gordon Dinnage was across the hall, transport picture supremo. I bought more excellent photos of Brighton trams from Gordon, do have a look yourself, they are the best I have seen and I think I own all of them by now! We had two known tram buffs promise to join the society today, will they deliver the goods? One of them spoke to me about panels and doors from an "F" class tram that might be at Amberley, we need to investigate this. Don't forget, meeting in Brighton next Thursday at 7pm, also food and a wee dram will be on offer...
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Tony and myself unloaded the first truck components today. I also did some more measuring of 53 and cleaned up 225, which is looking more tatty! I think we have two years more use of the body, but after that... Saw John, I just have to retype a few oversights on my part on the agreement and we will sign shortly, all as per newsletter! If any of you have held back, or weren't sure, the baton is firmly in our hands and it is up to us to get 53 restored, so make 2013 the year that YOU helped.
Monday, 17 December 2012
Went out to Robertsbridge today, courtesy of our own white van man, Tony B.We collected the small bits of the truck and had a look at the big bits, to try to figure out how to get the big bits to 53,it looks like we need to dismantle the truck body into more manageable components.As for the motors and wheels...! We had a cuppa with Roy and Derek, the site is been rapidly redeveloped for the KESR extension to Bodiam and looks very different from our last visit. I hope we can help the Hastings trams one day, it would be a pity if they fell apart due to lack of interest.When we got to 53 the big gates were locked , so we will unload another day, dammit!
Monday, 10 December 2012
It is 10.46 pm, I have a headache and some news. Ray couldn't make the meeting tonight, so the result of the meeting with John and myself was this; A 65/35 ownership split for us ( The 65%) and the ownership is including everything, truck and all. John and I have shaken on it and that is my bond, so I hope you are happy with this. No party can sell the tram without the others agreement and it is not leased to us, so that is good to me. We will sign within the week, once Ray has modified the agreement document.I consider this a fair compromise and John's argument of trying to separate the tram into owned/non-owned bits struck me as common sense, so I hope no-one feels that this was too much of a compromise.Good night all.
Thursday, 6 December 2012
I have not put anything new up for the simple reason that I have had nothing to report! We have over £2000 in the account, which is great and a little more to come, but Ray and myself meet up with John this Monday and then I will have news of one sort or another. I will delay the newsletter until after that meeting, so don't worry, you will be informed! Don't forget social on the 3rd of Jan, we don't have many takers yet, it is a meeting and a small party, so come along.We are also at the Toy and Collector's fair at Clair hall, Haywards Heath, West Sussex on the 29th of December. I am sad to report that Allan James,membership secretary of the Volk's railway has passed away after being ill for a while.Allan was also a keen tram fan and a driver at Crich.He was very passionate about Volk's and will missed by the team there.