Taken from the Mercian July – August 1966 Vol.5 No.4
From the Secretary’s Report.
Members will be pleased to hear that we have moved the Barclay saddletank to the Hixon yard of our friend Jake Bacon. (I’ve not read anything about this loco in the magazines until now. It’s now known as Colin McAndrew! There’s a photo of it at Hixon.)
Barclay Loco Colin McAndrew at Hixon – Rob Duffill’s Collection.
Renovation work is in progress until such time as she can be moved to the safety of the Chasewater building. It is hoped that the two Pecketts will join her in the very near future, and I would like to express thanks to all those who have responded to the call for cash to cover the removal expenses.
Progress at Chasewater has been maintained steadily by the faithful few and the line is now in up to the site of the building. The other track here has been left for the time being to enable the contractors to work in the confines of the trackbed. A start has been made at the causeway end of the line in re0laying a length taken out by the demolition people and then work will centre on track tidying, moving a considerable amount of shale and spoil to strengthen the embankment near the small overbridge and other remedial works. We shall still need plenty of help so please come.
From the Treasurer’s Report
Finance is reasonable at the moment but Chasewater is a big drain on resources and we must try to stem the flow as much as possible without jeopardising the project. (Given the state of Chasewater water level at the moment, the wording seems very prophetic!)
Late Round Up – Hon. Editor
I must apologise most profusely for the lateness of this edition due to personal circumstances beyond my control. The next edition will reach you on time, and will contain news of the AGM. I hope you will bear with me this time as I do like to have the mag. out on time. (Considering the fact that this was the fourth magazine of the year members nowadays would certainly bear with him!)