The East Anglian Railway Museum’s Transport Extravaganza is a weekend long event celebrating all forms of transport.
Included in the £12 admission price were unlimited rides on a couple of the museum’s trains, a vintage bus, a good sized classic car show and exhibitions from the Braintree and Halstead Model Railway Club, who are based at the East Anglian Railway Museum.
I’d say that this is one of the best value days out that I’ve had in a long time. There was a lot to see and do for a very low entry price.
I particularly enjoyed having a ride on the Class 101 Diesel multiple unit (DMU). Whenever I’ve been to the museum it’s been parked by the platform, but I’d never had the opportunity to experience it running.
If you have TikTok I have a little video of the 101 running here: https://www.tiktok.com/@richardfrancismsfmh/video/7103068870646205701?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=7083084201374057990
The museum was also their Andrew Barclay 0-4-0 with BR Mk1 coaches.
Again, I have a small video of the 0-4-0 running here: https://www.tiktok.com/@richardfrancismsfmh/video/7102839775849237765?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=7083084201374057990
The museum’s restoration shed was also open to the public. It was a good opportunity to see how they were getting along with their N7 restoration. If you’d like to make a donation to this restoration then you can so here: https://www.earm.co.uk/n7_resto_appeal/
Some of the museums other locos were also being stored inside.
This crane for lifting boilers caught my eye. One would look quite nice in, or in front, of the engine sheds on my model layout.
This 1939 Bristol K Type was giving complementary rides to the beautiful village of Bures on the Essex/Suffolk border and back to the museum. It was a really popular attraction throughout the day and with good reason. It was a lovely ride through the countryside!
The car show attracted a wide array of classic cars. I went on the Saturday, which was apparently the quieter day for the car show, but there was still a really interesting array of cars on display.
On the Mercedes front there was a Unimog.
Alongside this baby Boehringer Unimog. A really unusual little vehicle that I didn’t know existed until I saw it at the show. They were built between 1947 and 1953.
A cab-over Land Rover fire engine from Northern Ireland.
The mighty Trabant from East Germany had a good representation.
Including this really unusual Kubelwagon variant. Note the guard at the front for the exhaust.
This early Toyota Celica was a highlight for me.
It’s quite unusual to see a DAF.
Volvo 340 with the CVT transmission. A great, daily useable classic car.
Panhard. I seem to be developing an interest in old French cars. Which may become expensive.
Family favourites of the late 1970s.
What’s your favourite?
As I said at the start; this was the best value for money day out I’ve had in a long time. An awful lot to see and do and I really chilled out atmosphere.
I’d recommend going to the East Anglian Railway Museum anyway, as it’s a really interesting little museum, but if you get a chance to go to their Transport Extravaganza next year – take it. It was very enjoyable.
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By Richard Francis