Relaunch Gala: took place on 28th July 2007 - full report.
The relaunch train departs northwards from Horsted Keynes - Derek Hayward 28 July 2007
BASH was a section of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society dedicated to the restoration of the Bluebell's Ashbury-built Metropolitan Railway Coaches.
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One of the most important source of funds was the offer of a gala day on the re-launch of the set into traffic, with donations of £50 securing a third class seat and £100, first class. Earlier as a thank-you to our supporters we held a party on board Pullman Car Bertha, together with an opportunity to view work in progress. We also enjoyed the chance to have a Saturday off from "bashing" bits of teak, taking a ride on the train whilst discussing our favourite project! A second "thank you day" celebrated the return to traffic of the first two vehicles, and a third was held after the launch of the third vehicle.
The first two restored coaches visited Steam on the Met in May 2000, and were on display in the bay platform at Rickmansworth with locomotive Met.1. This generated huge interest in the project, with many people astounded that these vehicles were run regularly in passenger service rather than being museum items.
Photo above: Following restoration of the first two of the four coaches, the test run train pauses at Horsted Keynes, January 1999. (Lewis Nodes)
The London Underground Railway Society have also been very supportive of our project.
Three later Metropolitan Railway Coaches are preserved by the Vintage Carriages Trust, and occasionally run on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, and an example of the more modern "T-Stock" is preserved on the Spa Valley Railway. A Metropolitan Railway steam locomotive survives in working order at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. The revived Ashbury Railway Carriage & Iron Co Ltd at Porthmadog are restoring other Ashbury-built carriages. Cravens Heritage Trains care for two more modern underground trains (a reminder here that one of our four Met. coaches was built by Craven Brothers in Sheffield), and have links to other preserved underground stock.
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Further information on BASH is available from Richard Salmon, the last project leader.
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