LATEST  47771 has moved to Eastleigh Works. The loco departed the Colne Valley Railway on Monday March 20th and arrived at Eastleigh on Monday 3rd April. It arrived at Freightliner’s Southampton Maritime Depot on Tuesday 21st March, from where it was unloaded from Allelys’ low loader. 771 was prepared at Maritime for its rail journey to Eastleigh Works, where it arrived on Monday 3rd April.

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Folkestone on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October 2016

The year’s final outing for the sales stand produced a satisfying result for the team.

Mid Norfolk Railway Diesel Gala, Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th September 2016

The sales stand made its third and final visit to this location this year, and set up shop once again at Dereham station, taking £175.66 over the two days.

Mid Norfolk Railway Gala, Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August 2016

The sales team returned to Dereham station for a second time this year for another special event. The result over the two days was a modest £168.53.

Spa Valley Railway Diesel Gala, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th  August 2016

The sales stand returned to Eridge station for a satisfactory weekend’s takings of £267.

Mid Norfolk Railway Steam Gala, Saturday 25th June 2016

For a change, the sales team attended a steam gala and set up shop on the platform at Dereham station, where a worthwhile £179 was taken.

Luton, Saturday 9th April 2016

Luton Model Railway Club’s bi-annual Model Railway Exhibition was our next sales outing, which produced an income of £188.43.

London Festival of Railway Modelling, Alexandra Palace, North London, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th March 2016

This weekend, the sales stand once again attended the London Festival of Railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace in North London, our third visit to this event. As on the previous two occasions, we were extremely busy on the Saturday with takings of £925.11. Sunday was, true to form, much less hectic although the team took a very satisfactory £366.86, making the total for the weekend of £1291.97.

Chiswick, Saturday 12th March 2016

The sales team made their annual visit to the Transport Collectors’ Market at Chiswick Town Hall in London, and had a successful day with takings up on those of the previous two years.

Erith, Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st January 2016

On their first outing of 2016, the sales team got off to a flying start at the Erith Model Railway Society’s Model Railway Exhibition at its new venue of Longfield Academy. Takings were healthy, being well up on last year’s.

Folkestone on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th October 2015

Another trip to the annual exhibition of the Folkestone Model Railway Club brought in around £420 for the two days trading.

Mid Norfolk Railway Summer Saturdays Diesel Gala, Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September 2015

The sales stand returned to Dereham station for the first time since September 2012. This time trading wasn’t so hectic as there seemed to be fewer visitors around, particularly on the Sunday. Takings were £151.20 on Saturday while Sunday’s were a modest £92.03, to give a total for the two days of £243.23.

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway Summer Steam and Diesel Gala, Sunday 16th August 2015

Another first time visit for the sales stand, we were situated in the marquee at Chinnor for this event. The day started quietly but picked up around dinner time and remained steady until finishing time, following a similar pattern to the Sunday of our previous outing. By the end of the day our takings had amounted to £110.20.

Spa Valley Railway Summer Diesel Gala, Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd August 2015

Another first for the sales team, we attended this four-day event on its third and fourth days. The stand was located at Eridge station. We were fairly busy on the Saturday, taking a quite reasonable £180.37. Sunday was quieter with an income of £96.33, giving us a total of £276.70 for the two days.

Alexandra Palace, Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March 2015

We attended the London Festival of Railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace in North London for the second time, and like the first time last year, had an exceptional weekend. On the Saturday we finished with takings of £998.47 which were nearly £130 up on the first day’s take in 2014. Reinforcements in the form of more stock were brought in on Sunday morning, and after a less busy second day we ended up with takings of £420.33 which was a little down on the Sunday of last year. The combined figure for the weekend however was a fantastic £1418.80, £60 up on last year and our third highest result to date for a weekend’s trading.

Transport Collectors’ Market, Chiswick Town Hall, Saturday 21st March 2015

The sales stand made its annual visit to the Transport Collectors’ Market and had a moderately successful day. Although the takings of £157.37 were slightly down on last year’s, it was a reasonable result for this type of event.

Erith, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th January 2015

Our first sales outing of the New Year took us to Erith Model Railway Society’s Model Railway Exhibition at The Business Academy Bexley. This is an annual show that we hadn’t attended before. We were not disappointed with the result, which was a healthy £370.87 taken on the Saturday, followed up by £150.26 on the Sunday, giving us £521.13 for the weekend’s total.

Folkestone, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th October 2014

The sales team returned to the Folkestone Model Railway Club’s Model Railway Exhibition at its regular venue, Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone. It was the usual large impressive show that we’ve come to expect at this location, although for some reason there appeared to be fewer visitors around than in previous years. Sales were consequently down, although the respectable sum of £508.79 was taken over the weekend.

Bracknell, Saturday 31st May 2014

Another short notice opportunity, and another first for our sales stand at the Bracknell Rail & Bus Collectors’ Fair at Bracknell & Wokingham College in Bracknell, Berkshire. Being a new event for us, it was a bit of a ‘learning curve’ experience for the team. There was plenty of competition from other sellers, particularly where books were concerned, and although we also had some model railway items on offer, there wasn’t a great deal of interest in those. Takings were consequently rather modest at £124.85.

Horsted Keynes, Saturday 26th April 2014

The sales team were in action at the Bluebell Railway’s Toy & Rail Collectors Fair at Horsted Keynes Station. The stand’s takings of £177.35 were not as high as last year’s, although it was still a fair result.

Alexandra Palace, Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd March 2014

At very short notice we were invited to attend the prestigious London Festival of Railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace in North London. With very little time to prepare and one sales stand and its team already committed elsewhere, a considerable amount of hard work was needed in order to get everything ready in time. Fortunately our efforts were rewarded with a very impressive £869.50 taken on the Saturday, while the Sunday, always the ‘quieter’ day of a weekend, yielded a further £489.43 to give us a total of £1358.93 for our two days at this venue. With the addition of the takings from Chiswick, our combined total for the weekend came to £1548.75. This is our second highest result for a weekend’s sales activity, to date bettered only by that at Dereham in September 2012.

2014’s sales season starts off in Chiswick on Saturday 22nd March

The 2014 sales season kicked off with our regular yearly visit to the Transport Collectors Market at Chiswick Town Hall in West London. Magazines proved to be the most popular sales items, although books were also among the sellers on the day. Takings were £189.82, a reasonable return for this event.

Sales Team at Folkestone, Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th October 2013

The Folkestone Model Railway Club’s annual exhibition took place at its usual venue, Leas Cliff Hall, on the above dates. Business was brisk, with the takings over the two days being slightly above £800, our best result yet from this event.

Horsted Keynes again, Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July 2013

The sales team returned to Horsted Keynes for the second time this year, to the summer Railway Collectors Fair, a larger event than the one in April, with stands on the platforms and also in the adjoining field. Like the weather, the takings for the weekend were good, being a very healthy £496.24.

Sales at Horsted Keynes, Saturday 27th April 2013

On the above date, our sales stand attended the Toy & Rail Collectors Fair at Horsted Keynes station on the Bluebell Railway. We were on the platform under the canopy, and although it was a bit chilly, the sun shone all day. There were plenty of people around, and with trains passing every hour, there were few dull moments. Takings were a reasonable £224.33.

2013’s sales campaign off to a good start at Chiswick

The sales team’s first outing of 2013 was to the annual Transport Collectors Market at Chiswick Town Hall in West London. Just as well it was held indoors as it was snowing outside! The atrocious weather was probably the reason why there were fewer visitors than usual to the event, although it didn’t affect us too badly as our takings at £272.09 were up on those of previous years.

2012’s sales season ends on a high with a successful weekend at Folkestone

The sales team enjoyed another successful outing to the Folkestone Model Railway Club’s exhibition on 6th and 7th October. A total of £772.59 was taken, the best sellers not surprisingly being second hand model railway items.

Mid Norfolk Railway, Dereham, 21st, 22nd and 23rd September 2012

Our sales stand attended the 50th Anniversary of the Class 47s event at the Mid-Norfolk Railway on 21st, 22nd and 23rd September. The sales team were busy throughout the weekend. Class 47: 50 Years of Locomotive History was, to no one’s surprise, by far the most popular item on the stand, although other stock also sold well. By closing time on the Sunday evening, takings amounted to £2700 for the three days. This is our sales team’s highest figure ever for a single event, and the profit made will provide a significant boost to the restoration fund for 47771. A fantastic weekend indeed!

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