This years AGM was a quieter affair than usual, but we were still able to discuss the important issues and plans for the future, before continuing to work on 20205.
The meeting started with a welcome message then continued with an overview of the past year and the highlights such as our ongoing relationship with London Transport and the LT150 trains throughout last year, the Chinnor Gala, Mainline Running and taking part in the Swanage Gala, visiting the Nene Valley and the completion of the restoration of 20001.
We then discussed the current state of our fleet. The restoration of 20205 is progressing well towards being powered up in the summer – generally it has been found to be in good condition, with few surprises. Our thanks to Michael Owen for his support on this project. 8001 remains at Bowden’s in Birmingham for repair, with no plans for operation in the short term. 20227 is still based at Ruislip and has recently had its batteries replaced to improve reliability and there are only some minor items to address. As well as being invited to the Epping to Ongar Railway, the locomotive has been booked for mainline running with 33012 on a tour to the Swanage Gala and has been requested at a number of other events through the year as well as possible hire contracts.
There is a possible short term hire arrangement for 8001, which would involve only light duties to help finance the generator repairs. The loco could also be used on photo charters and we are to investigate the possibility of arranging driver experience days at Butterley.
The meeting then discussed usual business items such as the society’s accounts and outgoings, such as the cost of insurance to allow continued mainline running. We thanked Teresa for her much appreciated continuing support with the accounts and tax.
Discussion moved on to cover our home base the Midland Railway Trust, potential expansion of the diesel shed and the financial contribution we had already made over the past few years.
As part of any other business the need to maintain common sense health and safety was maintained.
After the committee were re-elected, they thanked the dedicated band of regular volunteers without whom the society would not be so successful and looked forward to their continuing support in what was shaping up to be a very eventful year.