The weekend of 24 and 25 September sees the Swindon and Cricklade Railway join in with many other heritage railways in an event called “Railways on the Air”, using the call sign GBOSCR.
The Railways on the air (ROTA) weekend usually takes place each year on the weekend closest to the 27 September.
This date celebrates the anniversary of the first running of a steam powered passenger train on a railway on 27 September 1825 – the first passenger train ran on a line in the North East of England from Darlington to Stockton.
Bishop Auckland Amateur Radio Club coordinates this event. At the time of writing, 30 heritage railways are due to participate in this growing, but, unusual event.
All of these railways, each with their own call sign, will be able to communicate with each other, as well as with radio hams all over the world. And visiting members of the public will get the chance to communicate by radio with these international counterparts as well.
Chairman of the Trustees, Martin Luffman, said, “It is an interesting event, commemorating an extremely important part of railway history, which hopefully, will pique the public’s interest to make them want to visit the railway and see something different”.
For further details of Swindon and Cricklade Railway, please call 01793 771615, or visit the website: www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org