Wendy' Last Season at Amberley

Wendy spent the summer at Amberley before departing for her new home

Wendy collects her train which has already been prepared and parked by the Brockham stop board.

Later in the day, Wendy runs round her train at Amberley.

In July we celebrated Wendy's 100th birthday in true Amberley style ...

... with cake.

Wendy carried a special headboard recording the occasion.

Close-up view for the hard of hearing ...

The day of Wendy's final duty at Amberley came around all too soon. Here is the crew doing the final checks before putting her in the shed for the final time.

It had been known for some time that, due to a dwindling number of members and other circumstances largely beyond their control, the Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust were looking for another trust to take over all their locomotives, rolling stock and other assets. The Trustees approached Amberley early in 2019 but the Museum management felt that the time was not right for the Museum to take on the HNGRT's collection which included Wendy, of course, and so had to decline. In the end HNGRT's Board of Trustees chose to transfer the collection to Statfold Barn near Tamworth, Staffordshire and so Wendy left Amberley for the last time on 11 November.

The Museum and the Hampshire Trust had a long and co-operative association from the outset of railway operations at Amberley, Wendy having been present at the Royal opening of the railway by Prince Michael of Kent in 1984. Several members of HNGRT are now active volunteers at Amberley. It is sad that Wendy will probably never run here again but we know she will be well cared for at Statfold Barn which is, I'm sure you'll agree, the most important factor.

The Removal of Wendy from Amberley to her new home at Statfold Barn in Staffordshire took place in Monday 11 November. Although we are sad to see her go, and for our long association with the Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust to come to an end, we acknowledge that their collection is in good hands and has a positive future.

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