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Post  Tim Watson on Tue 31 Jul 2018, 10:44 pm

Frederick, the much travelled scenic showman’s engine is going on a new adventure very soon, in aid of Parkinson’s UK.  We are going 120 miles to Dorset, to the 50th Anniversary Great Dorset Steam Fair: not in the back of a trailer, but towing it!  There will be over 500 engines at the show, so all the more reason to do something special with Frederick this year.

The 120 miles will be covered over three days, starting from St Albans on Sunday 19th August.  We will be stopping near Windsor on the first night and then Sutton Scotney on the second, before finishing (hopefully) at Tarrant Hinton on the Tuesday evening.  We obviously have a route sketched out and over the next few weeks will be doing a scouting run.  Logistics are being worked out. Anyone who would like to support us (myself, Steve & John Traill) with this run will be most welcome.  

I will post more details as we get closer to the trip and look forward to your help for Parkinson’s UK!

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Post  Kiwiconnection on Wed 01 Aug 2018, 11:04 pm

Hi Tim

I will be at the steam fare, so I hope to catch up with you there.

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Post  Tim Watson on Wed 01 Aug 2018, 11:06 pm

That’s great Phil. Arrangements are beginning to fall into place.

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Post  Tim Watson on Fri 03 Aug 2018, 5:12 pm

Thanks to Stuart Gray and Heritage Steam for sponsoring us with supplies of Universal Steam Oil and boiler treatment. I like it when a plan begins to come together!

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Post  Watts&Son on Fri 03 Aug 2018, 7:18 pm

Hi Tim, brilliant idea, if you need coal, water or anything else I can meet you anywhere between Sutton Scotney and Salisbury. Is Steve Trail coming along for the ride? Regards David Watts.

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Post  Steve Traill on Fri 03 Aug 2018, 10:29 pm

Coming along for the ride!!! I'm keeping the fire going for three days and making sure the front of the engine stays in one piece! (brake man) whilst one eye looks out for potholes on the off side. Tim's doing navigation, speed & potholes on the near side.

Basically if we hit anything it's my fault & if we get lost it's Tims!!
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Post  Tim Watson on Fri 03 Aug 2018, 10:56 pm

Would be great to have your help on that leg, David. I have a water source laid on the other side of Salisbury, but somwhere before the city would be good. I’ll pm you contact details.

Steve and I really do work like left and right hand on the engine. Couldn’t do it any other way.

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Post  Watts&Son on Wed 08 Aug 2018, 4:40 pm

Sorry Steve that was a bit of a joke really, we have roaded our road loco for a few miles in the past and you certainly have to have your wits about you, let alone run for 120 miles! I really admire what you are both doing. I will speak to Tim next week. Regards David.

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Post  Tim Watson on Sat 11 Aug 2018, 4:43 pm

Cecily (who has Parkinson’s) and I have now surveyed the 120 mile route for Frederick’s Dorset run: it is an awfully long way!

Our route to the first overnight stop will be from St Albans to Watford then SW along the A412 to Uxbridge, Datchet and Windsor (past the Castle) to Jealotts Hill (New Leathern Bottle, RG42 6ET).

The second leg will take us on the A3095 South through Bracknell to Blackwater on the A30 which we then follow past Blackbushe Airport (probable stop), Hook, Basingstoke and then a short stretch on the A303 until the Micheldever Station turning and a final run back on the route of the old A30 to Sutton Scotney (Coach & Horses, SO21 3JH). Bits of the A30 between Blackwater & the A303 are quite rough, so this will limit our speed. I think we will be on the road for about 10hrs/day.

The final leg of our journey will probably be the hardest, with a dead straight (but seriously up and down ) A30 heading towards Stockbridge and then a steep climb back in to the chalk hills: we will probably pick up water at Tilshead Caravans (SP5 1BS) as Frederick will be thirsty and hungry for coal on this final leg. On leaving Salisbury, we make a final water pick up at Combe Bissett, climb up a long hill and then follow our noses along the A354 to Tarrant Hinton and the Steam Fair.

Anyone would be welcome to join us and support us along the way: I daresay we will have a beer in the pubs we are staying at each night. I will post more details as we get closer to the trip and look forward to your help for Parkinson’s UK!

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