The photographic exhibition was organised by Jon Alder and Francis Dowley; the first step was that the Bluebell’s Gangwayed Bogie Luggage Van (GBLV), located at Horsted Keynes station, had to be repainted internally with white paint to make it
presentable and to give more light. Jon and Francis spent several weekends on this task, with the assistance of two Bluebell volunteers. Bluebell provided the display boards; the superb black and white print enlargements that we attached to them were generously
loaned to us by Brian Stephenson of Rail Archive Stephenson fame; Francis spent a wonderful evening enjoying the freedom of Brian’s photo filing system selecting representative views of each of the BR Standard classes.
Sadly we’ve not been
able to find any photos of the photographic exhibition and only a few of the 1985 model railway exhibition. Fortunately copies of the programmes and posters still exist to show that the Society has organised a diverse range of events, apart from restoring
Camelot from Barry scrapyard condition!
Francis Dowley and Julian Heinemann