A post lockdown trip out with Old Timer

With Lockdown rules relaxing it was a chance to have a steam up and take Marshall no.37690 Old Timer to a local wood yard to pick up some slab wood for home firewood, report Ben Brown and Fred Cooper.

With two trailers in tow the route through busy Newbury town centre was navigated on what was to prove the 3rd hottest day on record with 37 degrees recorded. It was one of those days where the safety valves can be heard but not seen.

Once on the south side of Newbury we felt more at home in the countryside.The yard was about a mile down a single track unmade road probably much like the roads the engine travelled on with a threshing set when new in 1902.

After turning the trailers and loading the wood a pause for lunch and then ready for the road back, stopping at a brook halfway down the track to lift some water. The track steepened considerably when approaching the main road, providing some fine chimney music.

On return to base we decided we hadn’t had enough yet so decided to drop the wood off and head off back out to the pub for a meal and a well earned pint.

A thoroughly satisfying day’s steaming that was much needed after the last few months.

Old Timer pausing after arriving at the wood yard

Old Timer pausing after arriving at the wood yard

The first load being dropped on to the trailer

The first load being dropped on to the trailer


Loaded and ready to go a quick pause for a photo


Stopping for a drink from the brook

Marshall no.37690 Old Timer after arrival back at base

Marshall no.37690 Old Timer after arrival back at base

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COVID-19 update

All club meetings and events are cancelled until further notice. The committee will review when government guidelines are lifted and post further information on this site and on the facebook page. Stay safe and stay at home.

TVTEC committee

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March meeting – AGM

Don’t forget the March Meeting this coming Monday 9th March. It’s the annual AGM with some entertainment to follow! See you at the Angel Woolhampton from 19.30

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February Club Meeting

For the February meeting of the TVTEC, member Jeff Shackell, will give an illustrated look back at the engines he has owned over the last 4 decades. See you from 7.30pm on Monday 10th February at The Angel, Woolhampton. (https://www.angelwoolhampton.co.uk/index).


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Upcoming club meetings

Planned events for the next few months. Club Evenings are held  at The Angel Pub, Woolhampton unless stated otherwise:

Monday 10th February: Jeffrey Shackell gives a talk on the engines he has owned
Monday 9th March:
Annual General Meeting
Monday 6th April:
(please note brought forward 1 week due to Easter) Slides of 1970’s rallies in the Thames Valley 
Monday 11th May: 
A Talk on Plenty’s of Newbury
Monday 15th June: 
External visit to be confirmed
Monday 13th July: Club models night at Fred Cooper’s yard
Monday 10th August: 
Noggin and Natter at the Angel

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TVTEC January Club Meeting

For Tonight’s January Club Meeting we have Alan Stevens showing Old Traction Engine pictures. See you at the Angel, Woolhampton from 7.30pm.


Sam Love with Wallis and Steevens no. 7248 “Pedler”

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TVTEC Christmas meeting

The  TVTEC Christmas meeting will be held at the Beenham Club on Monday 9th December from 19.45hrs – 23.00hrs.

Picklepythe Lane, Beenham, Reading, RG7 5NT


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November Club Meeting

For our November meeting we have Tim Whale from Tutts Clump Cider (https://www.tuttsclumpcider.co.uk/) coming to talk about cider making and his collection of classic vehicles. See you at the Angel from 1930 on Monday 11th November.CRATES

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September Club Meeting

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the September club meeting (Monday 9th Sept) at the Angel pub, Woolhampton.

This months meeting will be a slide show of working day pictures of various road steam engines and accompanying history, these are from the private photographic collection of club member Tj Leverett. There is a great variety to see from rollers to showmans engines, and even a few engines in trouble. This is not a slide show to be missed, here’s a few pictures to whet your appetite.

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July Meeting Models Might

The July meeting models night will be hosted by Fred and Cheryl Cooper at their Premises in Henwick Lane Thatcham from 6.30 pm

Please feel free to bring your models big and small, steam or other.

For further info contact our secretary on 07787 550824.

Lovely refreshments will be available for donations to the Foster Carers association.

Here’s a slideshow from previous events.

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