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Chiltern Roadrun and Rally 2003

Chiltern Roadrun visits the Leighton Buzzard Steam Railway

Club members (l to r) Mike and Pat Beavis, Betty and Brian Parkes board the Train at Pages Park Station

Every September  for the last 20 years, a group of club stalwarts have gathered for what is usually a bit of a mystery tour. Its designed for people who like to use their cars for going to the pub rather than to stand about in a drafty field all day. This year we assembled on Sunday lunchtime at the "Colney Fox", London Colney, for lunch. Those arriving early got served relatively quickly, but this is such a popular venue that those who arrived later were struggling to finish their lunch before the time for off.

The reason for the rush was that this year we had a train to catch.

The pre-planned route took us the most direct, but prettiest, route we could  find. It was difficult to avoid the City of St. Albans, but once we had negotiated that, it was off into the country and pretty Hertfordshire lanes bathed in glorious late summer sunshine.

The route took us through Redbourn and then Great Gaddesdon (twice!) (Someone seems to have renamed the village of Jockey End as Great Gaddesden, which must confuse the locals!. We then dropped over the Chiltern Escarpment near the White Lion, and into Dagnall. Here we picked up Tony Coates and family who were lying in wait for us. The remainder of the route took in the villages of Edlesborough and Billington, before arriving in good time at Pages Park Station, home of the Leighton Buzzard Steam Railway. We all bought tickets for  the six mile return trip. Whilst the railway is fine, its now rather hemmed in by suburban development. That means that for most of the route, the view is just of unimpressive back gardens on housing estates. The turn-around  is a more interesting affair as there is a small museum about the history of the railway, and snacks and cups of tea.

Then all there is to do is go back to Pages Park!


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The Parkes's Standard 14 moves off

Lynda pilots the Flying 12 Drophead Coupe

Train Buffs Section:

"Coupling up!"


If you are not a broadband user, you really should get it immediately, you will wonder why you used to  waste so much time waiting for pages to download.

Whilst there is no formal competition at the Rally, we do reserve the right to present the "Chiltern Cup" to whoever the judges (Lynda and I) think is the most deserving. This year it went to Peter Foster and his magnificent Pennant, for no other reason than we liked it! 

Thanks to everyone for coming. If you would like to come next year just make a note of the date, September 19th 2004 for now, and keep a look out for the venue on this website next year.

Phil Homer

12th October 2003