Published: 26th November 2013
60 members of the Branch Line Society, some travelling from as far afield as Nottingham, Warrington and Carlisle, descended upon the B&WR on Saturday 23 November to sample a railtour with a difference. Their brake van special with motive power from 08 444, D 3452 and 37 142 reached parts of the railway that other trains don't frequent. The stated aim was to "kiss the buffers" wherever possible.
Transferring from First Great Western at Parkway they got to the doors of roads 5, 6 and 7 of the carriage shed, then bashed two of the sidings at Walker Lines. At General the gentle caress of the platform buffers was greeted with cheers and a round of applause, much to the surprise of the train crew and station staff! The train then ventured into the steam shed, the Shed road, Barracks siding and the Refuge siding. The platform roads and run round loops at Boscarne and Parkway were also traversed. BLS members enjoyed themselves, hot pasties and Betty Stogs ale were much appreciated. B&WR staff can claim it was a job well done.