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August Meeting Report

A View from Shed 3 Editor Tim’s introduction:  The meeting on Sunday 5th August was another hot day with temperatures in the high 20s.  The Superintendent of the Line had moved members out of their comfort zones into new sheds / stations so this View comes from Shed 3 instead of Shed 2! We welcomed 2 visitors, Jules and Alan, who spent the morning with Alan and Jeff respectively after a tour of the layout from Brian.

Next Operating Meeting: Sunday 2nd September 2018

Superintendent of the Line Roger’s comments on the last session:  Another stiflingly hot day at Rusper MRC today, so not only a complete change of operating positions to be overcome then!!  Despite the heat and the unfamiliar stations I am very pleased with your response to the problems of the day. We were fortunate that Mike K and Jeff were available which improved the situation in sheds 1 and 4 considerably.  Yours truly, had the benefit of one to one training from Dennis and novice Peter, thrown in at the deep end, also survived the day almost intact. When I checked, everyone else said they had enjoyed their day so, unless they were being kind to an old chap, my plan was not a disaster.

We welcomed two visitors who seemed to have enjoyed their experience of Rusper MRC. Thanks to Alan and Jeff for keeping them entertained during their visit. Some minor works and other issues delayed the start but, once we got going, the session ran reasonably well.

Please remember that we agreed to bring arrival time forward to 9.30am. I will be grateful if you will ALL make the effort to get on site by that time. Thank you all for your efforts and patience throughout the day. Hope to see you all in September. (By 9.30!!!)

Meeting Report from editor Tim:    Considering the heat and the unfamiliar surroundings, we had a good operating session running 5 sheds, and my thanks to Tony with whom I was paired again (poor chap can’t get away from me!) for an enjoyable time in the cramped quarters of Shed 3.  Rusper MRC recognised the special excursion 1T57 'Fifteen Guinea Special' which was the last main-line passenger train to be hauled by steam on British Rail on 11 August 1968 before the introduction of a steam ban that started the following day (the last scheduled steam train ran on 3rd August 1968 from Preston to Liverpool).  The Fifteen Guinea Special was so named because of the high cost of tickets for the railtour (15 guineas = £15 15s, equivalent to £250 today).

The original train was hauled by Black 5 no. 45110 for the first leg, a late replacement for the original rostered engine, 45305, which had failed the night before with a collapsed firebox brick arch. For the second leg 45110 was replaced with Britannia no. 70013 Oliver Cromwell, the last steam locomotive to be overhauled by BR. For the first part of the return leg, two Black 5s, 44781 and 44871, double-headed the train then 45110 worked the remainder of the journey.  See the pictures below for the Rusper MRC version.

Rusper Mugs  The Club has purchased some mugs printed with Rusper MRC and ‘Floreat Rusper’ so for the afternoon cuppa whilst waiting for the next down train, why not buy one at the reasonable price of £6 each?  12 of the 15 purchased have already been reserved so if you want one you’ll need to be quick!

Bryan Cox  Some older members may recall Bryan, the Club’s only Life Member.  Amongst much other work for Rusper, Bryan put in 8 Gaugemaster controllers and reorganised the wiring in Shed 4, replacing 4 elderly H&Ms. Bryan is not very well at present and has kindly donated much of his model railway collection and his railway books to Rusper MRC.  These are being catalogued and will be available for Rusper members to ‘buy’ with donations to Club funds. We hope to rename a loco as ‘Bryan B Cox’ as a small thank-you.  Members will recall that ‘Dennis L Price’ already runs in honour of Mike Price’s father Dennis.

2018 Operating Dates:


 September 2nd

October 7th November 4th

December 2nd


Shock! Horror! In a sign of the times, a diesel shunter is caught moving the banana vans ‘somewhere on the Rusper Railway’

Still at the maintenance session - the Superintendent of the Line organises track relaying on the branch line between Smallfield and Newdigate Road

Maintenance session 1st July 2018 and the Chairman works on the control panel innards at Charlwood

Black 5 nos. 45253 and 44658 depart Hookwood double-heading up the ’15 Guinea Special’ end of BR steam excursion

Britannia no. 70030 ’William Wordsworth’ under clear signals deputises for ‘Oliver Cromwell’ heading the down IT57, a special movement on the Rusper Railway branch line to celebrate the end of BR steam