Last updated 21st December 2013
We will be attending two Vehicle Gatherings in 2014:
2014 is the centenary of the first use by the GPO of departmental motor vehicles for postal collections and deliveries. In 1914, twenty postal Motor Cycle Combinations, with a capacity of 18cf. to replace postmen on horseback, were placed into service. They comprised four Rovers, ten New Hudsons and 6 Douglas machines. The First World War inevitably suspended progress with motor vehicles and it was 1920 before further large-scale experiments were able to start. To mark this centenary, we will have two major events to display preserved GPO, Post Office, BT and Royal Mail vehicles in 2014. The Milton Keynes Museum has invited the Club to hold a rally at the museum on Sunday 27th April 2014. All preserved former GPO/Post Office/Royal Mail and BT vehicles are welcome and we have the use of several large areas of level ground to mount the display, and entrants will have free access to the rest of the museum including the farmhouse and school, reconstructed shops and workshops and the new Transport Hall. The Museum is located in the former Stacey Hill Farm, an early Victorian-era model farm, in the once-peaceful outskirts of Wolverton, an original railway town, now part of the new city of Milton Keynes. Extensive displays portray the history and development of the North Buckinghamshire and South Northamptonshire area. The intention is to recreate the Amberley Rally at Milton Keynes with a vehicle display, procession of vehicles and a presentation for the best restoration entered next year. Milton Keynes scores heavily over Amberley in two ways; it is much more central and should be within driving distance of more members with vehicles and it has a much better single parking area for the vehicle display allowing vehicles to be displayed properly and in one location. We hope to attract stalls and displays in the Transport Hall, films and videos to be shown in the Wolverton railway works boardroom, displays of external tools and equipment, and of exchange equipment and telephone apparatus. The venue appears to be the ideal location for a better version of our Amberley event. The museum is one of the BT Connected Earth partners and the collection includes the LCS truck and tool cart trailer, Bedford KM pole unit, and the Ford Transit Roadphone transferred from BT. In addition there are two mobile exchanges, a 1948 Brockhouse trailer (also previously in the BT collection) housing a UAX 12 which saw service in the East Yorkshire area, and a Taskers/Freight Developments UAX13 from Steeple Claydon in Buckinghamshire, which operates many of the telephones in the display. There is also an early manually-operated kiosk trailer and a Task Force trench excavator in unrestored condition. The new Telecommunications Gallery will be opened at Easter next year, housing a large number of historic and interesting telephones from 1900 to the present day, many being connected through the various switchboards and exchanges that also form part of the display, and visitors can make calls to each other. The exhibits includes a working example of an A/B pre-decimal coin box from a phone kiosk, and a Strowger demonstration unit, where visitors can see and hear a call being made through an electro-mechanical exchange. There is also a large collection of sundry items such as photographs, diagrams, signs, cables, clocks, insulators and batteries.
We will also be attending the new event at Gaydon – the Classic Van & Pick Up event – on Sunday 10th August 2014.