Welcome to the Blog which is designed to tell more about whats happening on the GWR Heritage Railway.
I'm Malcolm Temple, the Chairman and Finance Director but it is intended that from time to time all other Directors will contribute and also the Operations Manager and the Development Manager who leads on fund raising and image development. If you read this and the various Department Blogs (see links) you'll know as much as is possible about whats going happening on the Railway and where ever we can, why its happening.
We toyed with what to call this Blog I said if it were about the Chairman's role, it should be called damned if I do;damned if I dont. Everyone else wanted the same and so Board Room Blog is the compromise!
So whats new? Well on 9th February I attended the annual dinner of the Heritage Railway Association at the Union Jack Club near Waterloo Station. I was there to receive our latest award which is best summarised as being for "grim determination" - the Peter Manisty special award for contribution to railway heritage. Turns out to be a splendid 18 inch diameter plaque in solid brass. We are planning initially to put it in the Waiting Room at Todd but shortly plan a GWSR museum (after 30 years one is needed) where it will have a place of honour.
It was a pleasant occassion and I made some good networking contacts. Only down aspect was that on the way home my train was aborted (a strange term) at Oxford due to late engineering works. That led to 45 minutes on a rain invaded platform clutching the award and my suitcase before a taxi was supplied to take me to Moreton in Marsh. Last word for my fan club - I paid all costs including the dinner myself.