11 May 2008
Sunday 11th May 2008 was warm and sunny. It was ideal weather for the Society's visit by kind invitation to Sir William and Lady McAlpine's private railway museum at Fawley Hill, near Henley-on-Thames.
Our arrival was greeted by Hudswell Clarke, 0-6-0 steam loco no. 31, working hard up the 1-13 gradient with a load of GW open wagon shark van and passengers.
Leaving the ex-Somersham GE station, we journeyed through the beautiful park with its animals and were reunited with facades of British Railways past. The architecture and engineering could be examined from every angle.
The comprehensive museum comprised motor cars, railway art and models, pre-grouping signs and furniture. We felt like kids in a sweet shop as we viewed such a magnificent collection.
We were joined by Sir William for the last train of the day.
Our thanks go to John Fox, Membership Secretary, for organising the trip, and to Sir William and Lady McAlpine, and the Fawley Hill Society staff for a memorable day.