Ruddington Autumn Gathering.
On Sunday 8th of October 2017 Our team member Calum. volunteered to drive Former Trent Leyland Atlantean ONN571P to the Autumn gathering at GCRN Ruddington.
The turn out was good and there was a good cross section of buses and other road vehicles, with regular steam rides too, So was something for all the family. The café seemed to be doing a roaring trade.
Calum used to be a volunteer from 1994 when leaving school, to 2000, just as his career in the bus industry was taking off, and he remarked that the changes made to the site and facilities was amazing, starting in 1994 with a saddle tank loco with a carriage going a quarter of a mile down the line to Asher lane level crossing, to running to fifty steps bridge and eventually going to Rushcliffe Halt.
Other changes happened too, from a site that was little more than a building site with little surrounding trees and bearing the nickname of little Siberia to being an integral part of the Rushcliffe Country Park. I could describe other changes but I will save that for another time. I do think sites like this are important for the conservation of not only the vehicles, but to keep dwindling skills alive.