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June 2019

On the 15th, the sun came out and so did the paint brushes!   Here are Ian Yolland on the lamp hut, Morrie on the toilet block, Chris Bowden on the Bovey hut and Dave Richards on a seat!

In the meantime, Allan was on the roof of the monster painting to cure a leak, and I had been tackling the phone box - from the top down!

Also over the last few weeks we have welcomed new volunteers - Peter Gregory runs the booking office on Thursdays and Ian Whittaker does the same on most Saturdays - while his wife helps Paul and Steve on the stall. You are all welcome!

In between pictures of Allan and Chris putting up some final signs, Wizard inspects the train!

50th Anniversary Gala.
The SDR celebrated 50 years since the first train in preservation ran on 5 April 1969.Over 9 days there were passenger trains, including a 4 coach auto, goods trains, driver for a fiver and brake van rides. Very well organised and good weather brought thousands of visitors.

At Totnes over 3 days I did conducted tours of the station buildings and vehicles with history of all. I also produced a 'Timeline' which can be accessed from the home page.

Some photos below.
In order:- Taking Water, Totnes 5-planks on the goods, Inaugural Special on 6th April, 1501 laying over, Re-enactment train on 13th.

Totnes Riverside Group AGM

Last year's  AGM was called off and done by e-mail after being scuppered by the 'Beast from the East'. Back to normal this year on 30th March when approximately 30 members attended the meeting in the Monster. Members present held a silence to remember May Webster and Ted  Parrott who had passed away in the last 12 months. The meeting received a report from the Chairman and Accounts from the Treasurer. Any members who couldn't attend can get copies from me on cmtkgwr@yahoo.co.uk.  Steve Lynas took a shot of the event.

Lunch of an all-day breakfast followed by apple crumble
 slowed down some of the days work but 
Martin, Morrie, Dave and Chris 
continued painting seats - mostly for the  grass area.

More work before the season - pictures from Chairman Lovegrove

The Bridge has had the muck and slime pressure washed off to make it safer, 
and the Monster floor and Waiting Room floor have had 2 coats of varnish.

Getting Totnes Ready - a few pictures from 2 and 9 March

Race the Train with Jolly Running

On Sunday 3rd February the Railway hosted its first 'Race the Train' event. The race, organised by Jolly Running was from totnes station to Staverton and back. At the same time as the runners left Totnes, the train consisting of 6412 in a 3-auto 'sandwich'  left the platform carrying friends of the runners so they could watch the race. The train stopped near the pixies so that the runners and friends could see each other and then went on to Staverton. It then returned with the same stop and arrived back exactly on the hour from starting. (The runners did not know the timing!). 31 of the 250 plus  runners 'Beat the Train'. The winners being Adam Holland for the men and Joanna Page for the ladies. The organisers kindly let me present the trophies.

The event made an early start for the Totnes crew of 11 volunteers who ran the station and manned a refreshment tent which made a decent profit for station funds. The organisers were delighted  with everything and intend to return next year if possible.
Winner with yours truly!

Current works
 We have repairing the Monster this closed season. The pictures show the new wood at the Buckfastleigh end having been renewed by Barry - the 1st primer coat is on. Also a view of the exterior of the same repair also primed.      Now one door is being removed by Rory for refurbishment off-site.

Monster Repairs


Next job was the station end of the toilet block where one corner was completely rotten. Comes of facing the wet westerly winds!. Again Barry has worked on this, replacing existing wood with Hardwood which should outlive us by many years.


Ted Parrott

As many of you know Ted passed away early this year.

He asked me (Chris Mackenzie-Thorpe) to take over running the Totnes Riverside pages and this I am now doing. Please send anything you wish to be included on the pages to me at cmtkgwr@yahoo.co.uk.