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Members and guests set out on Tuesday 26th July, on a trip reminiscent of a bygone age. Some members even had memories of that age!.

We first set out on a journey from Bridgenorth to Kidderminister on the Severn Valley Railway – which is operated by Steam engines with carriages of the same era with doors which could only be opened by letting down the window and turning an outside handle. Remember?

Our train was pulled (according to our very enthusiastic "anorak" Social secretary, John Evans) by the Earlestoke Manor steam engine – and very majestic it was too.We were informed it was a 4-6-0 configuration built about 1939 in Swindon (maybe with the help of one of our Senior Members Bob Godwin who was also working in British Rail works at Swindon at that time)

Arriving in Kidderminster members enjoyed a delightful Buffet lunch provided by the staff at the station restaurant.

Onwards to Dudmaston Hall in the afternoon, set in 3000 acres of woodland and lakes and a real contrast between the old and modern. A large ancient house, last owned by Sir George and Lady Labouchere, which was a fascinating contrast between the old family heritage and the modern painting gallery.

An excellent day out, with many thanks to Jan and John Evans for their superb organisation and guidance.

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