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Author Topic: GWR Staff Association clubs  (Read 7266 times)
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« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2019, 11:04:07 pm »

GWRSA club in Didcot seems to be always threatened of disappearing through some kind of redevelopment, but with South Oxfordshire DC taking an age to do anything round the station area it maybe safe for a while.
'Twas a good venue for the Didcot Red Hot Blues club nights, especially as the beer was sold at a keen price.
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« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2019, 11:22:52 am »

It may surprise some, given the railway status of the place these days, that there was until fairly recently a BR(WR)SA branch at Honeybourne.  Last time I checked, it was still going as a social club, but no longer connected with railways

[Edit:  It's still functioning. The club's Facebook page claims a 60 year heritage]

Yes, Honeybourne used to be quite a 'railway town' for a village! The station was a junction with no less than four signalboxes.

On the main line, heading from Campden towards Evesham - Honeybourne South Loop,  H Station South, H Station North, Sheenhill (WWII ARP style 'box - short lived 1943 - 1962???).

On the Branch (only a brief existence, before the junction control was moved to Station South in 1933) was Honeybourne North Loop Jcn.

On the Cheltenham to Stratford line, heading from Broadway towards Long Marston - Honeybourne West Loop Jcn and H East Loop Jcn.

Sheenhill and North Loop Jcn were not functioning at the same time.  So I make it six boxes, rather than four. 

North Loop Junction box was removed to someone's garden in the village and could be viewed from trains on the OWW route.  The top of it now resides in the car park at Toddington

There was a little loco "shed" at Honeybourne, mainly for locos on banking duty.  When I was signalman at Moreton in Marsh during the mid 1970s, it was a great delight to hear the tales of Honeybourne from the older hands who had joined the railway before WWII.  It was a very significant place.
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