It was a pleasant spring morning when a small (but well formed) group of members assembled for a visit to Didcot and the Great Western Society. Fortunately in spite of the ‘Southern’ leanings of many of the Group two Great Western stalwarts (namely ‘Somerset Boy’ and ‘Wiltshire Lad’) were in attendance.
We had pre-booked a guided tour which took us behind the scenes and in particular afforded us access to the workshops. The shear number of locos waiting to be ‘processed’ through the workshops was a surprise as was the dedication of the volunteer maintenance teams who at times must feel like they are painting the Forth Rail Bridge.
A great (western) day was had by all and the trip was declared a success (the fact that we returned with the same number of members we set out with was a major plus in itself).