The first of the events to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the opening of our railway line was held at the Tamar Belle Railway Heritage Centre on Friday 29th May, when guests enjoyed a superb dinner with wine.
As they arrived at the Restaurant Coach, they were greeted by a selection of railway-themed songs by another of the village’s supergroups: the Bere Buskerteers, featuring Rob Smith, Clive Charlton and Bev Slaughter.
The following afternoon the Tamar Belle held an Open Day, including the inauguration of a restored narrow gauge diesel locomotive on probably the first section of new track laid on the Tamar Valley line since Dr Beeching tried to close it in the 60s.
Unfortunately, visitor numbers were not as large as was expected, but those who did attend were entertained by the Bere Buskerteers again, this time joined by Ian Wood. The group sang from the small goods wagon attached to the 1927 Gresley LNER teak coach. At the end of their last session they were asked by Chris Groves if they would like a trip down the short stretch of line to the buffers. The answer was Yes and several guests jumped aboard and were slowly pushed down to the buffers. However, unbeknown to everyone, Chris had uncoupled the wagon and so, when he started the return trip to the platform, the wagon with its passengers was left at the buffers! The Buskerteers continued singing until Chris came back for the wagon.
|The Bere Buskerteers (Photo: Mike Benson)|
|Chris winds up the restored loco.|
|Off she goes - with lots of diesel fumes!|
|Now and then.|
|Waiting for an engine!|
|Hey! Come back!|