New Website

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Welcome to our new website. Thanks for all the kind comments, if you have any feedback please email webmaster@setg.org.uk  
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Sat 01/07/2017: Back to the Job in Hand

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Editors Note: Good morning, Followers of the VEP. Apologies for the period of radio silence. As you're all well aware by now, Real Life is a cruel mistress which conspires to keep us railway herberts away from 3417 and dealing with annoyingly grown up things. However, Adulting has once again been put on hold to allow us to continue gainful tinkering with the worlds only working 4VEP. And on that note, I had you over to Chris Buckland, SETG CM&EE, to inform you all of progress and bring all that's newest in news, gossip and abuse aimed at myself. Regards, Potter "It's been a while since the Minions have been at Strawberry Hill; things like holidays, drinking, eating and the like have got in the way (and the Big Railway, as…
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Crowdfunding Success

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This is just a small note to thank you all for your astonishing support in response to our crowd funding appeal for 3417. All of 3417's minions are absolutely blown away by your reaction and your generosity. We saw donations from £3 to £2,000, we saw interest from across the rail enthusiast spectrum, we saw interest from the UK to as far away as Japan and we are deeply deeply humbled by the faith you've shown in us and delighted by your support for our ambitions. You raised (yes - you) £12,595.76. We are now waiting for the final deposit to be sent to our account so that we can begin to allocate funds to the most pressing areas. We are already having a few conversations regarding locations that might…
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Lights, Spanners, Cameraphone, Mug of Tea, Action… Part 2

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And now, the Senior Spanner Monkey Speaks... "TONIGHT WE WAS MOVIE STARS” Turned up at Strawberry in a blaze of sunshine. It’s nice to see the Sun (I'm a frustrated Michael Fish), and proceeded to adhere to Section 4 Sub Section 6 but unfortunately found myself unable to carry out the instruction fully as there was NO MILK. That’s not strictly true, there was milk but it had turned into a rather strange looking cheese that I'm sure anyone would eat. I have an idea; lets cultivate it, sell it to the French, make lots of money and add the profits to the JustGiving site (details below): https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/4VEP3417 Any opportunity to plug the fund!! Back to the job in hand! Emergency text sent to Potter "GET MILK" as the job will fall to…
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Lights, Spanners, Cameraphone, Mug of Tea, Action… Part 1

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Good Afternoon, dear reader. As you may or may not be aware, last night we - the humble scrotes of Strawberry Hill - entertained a celebrity for an evening. Mr Tim Dunn, noted railway historian, railway geek and host of the BBC's Transporting Live, joined us for the evening. The idea was to raise awareness of the work we're doing at Strawberry Hill and of course to add some final impetus to the SETG's fund-raising endeavours on behalf of the Bluebell Railway. I could bore you with the ins-and-outs of the evening, but to be honest you're best off watching either the Periscope Feed or Facebook feed and judge our efforts for yourselves. All I can say with any certainty is that we reached 3,000 viewers live; not too shabby…
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A Good Day at the Hill – Part Two

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And now, as promised - it's a report from Trousers! "Chaps, A small update this time as we were unable to do a full days work. I had a date in the evening with a train, on which beer is sold and is hauled by a steam loco to celebrate my advancing years! (Happy Birthday, mate! - Potter) I carried on with the cab restoration in the country end cab. This involved removing some stubborn screws which had probably been in place since the unit was built! They were (eventually) removed and a new panel cut for fitting under the cab window on the second man's side. After much measuring, getting up and down from the unit, trimming bits, swearing and trying not to break the fragile bits, the panel was fitted!…
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A Good Day at the Hill

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ood Morning, Friends of the VEP. For those of you that haven't been shamelessly and obsessively following us on Twitter and Facebook (For shame! Naughty you! Hold your head in sorrow & embarrassment and stand in the Naughty Corner), the Bluebell Railway came a'calling on Saturday. To say that we have been nervous about this impending meeting would be an understatement. For myself and Oscar it meant meeting some VIPs, for Bucky it meant meeting the men who were the BR Top Brass when he started as a spotty apprentice in the early 1980s. So where two of us were nervous, one of us was transformed from a confident depot manager in charge of a multi-million pound fleet of machinery into an overawed teenager, but more of that later in Bucky's…
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Work Report 04/03/2017

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Good morning, Reader! Herein lies the tale of work carried out on 04/03/17, submitted by Trousers himself. Enjoy! Potter "Thin on the ground number wise due to holidays, running errands for fellow preservationists and most importantly running errands for us but I was still able to get a fair amount done. We have received a kind (and large) donation of lighting inverters but were not told if they were any good or not so the first job this morning was to set about testing them to ensure they were suitable for our use. Success! One was tried in the B compartment of 76262 and it worked perfectly. We now have full lighting in this end. As tempted as I was to carry on through the unit and get more lights working…
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Work Report – Saturday 25th March 2017

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Editor's Note: Owing to holidays (mine - very nice, thank you) we have a few reports to catch up on. Apologies for the break in service!   WORK REPORT 25/02/2017, or "LETS DO DUST & STRAINING" Arrived at Strawberry at 09:00. Shed heaters turned on and Section 4 Sub section 6 amendment (a) of depot operating instructions carried out. As some of you may be aware rules and regulations have to be reviewed from time to time to ensure that the rule is still fit for purpose. Section 4 sub section 6 is still fit for purpose, including the optional Bacon Butty but to ensure that the rule remains relevant for the railway in the 21st century, Amendment (a) has been added. This gives the option of Bacon Butties to…
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Work Report For Sat 11/03/2017

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Good morning everyone. This should bring us up-to-date on the work reports. Thank you for your patience, but as you can tell from the live Twitter and Facebook videos, us drivers have to steel ourselves before dipping our toes in the murky waters of Being a Fitter for the day. It's not easy, folks! Before we get to "Wot I Did With My Spannerz" by Chris Buckland (written in crayon, available in all good dustbins), an update on the fundraising effort. As of today we have 180 backers on JustGiving who have pledged a total of £5,580. We still have 22 days before the appeal finishes on 3/4/17 (see what I did there?!) - the price of a pint will help us immeasurably. The price of a round will help even more.…
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