Members of this group are interested in Transport of all shapes & sizes. Trips out will be taken & talks arranged according to members interests. If you want to join the group please contact Malcolm Hayes.
In September was a combined visit with the U3A Military History groups to the RAF Museum at Hendon. On a magnificent sunny day, 13 of us toured the hangars amazed at the quality of the displays & at the advances in technology evidenced by the progression from WW1 to the present day. Having said that, the job of an early pilot was no doubt every bit as stressful as the pilots of modern aircraft bristling with the latest gear. See Photos.
Stow Maries Aerodrome
In July the Transport Group visited Stow Maries near Maldon, believed to be the only remaining WW1 Aerodrome. The Heritage Group running it since 2013 have turned it into a genuine visitor attraction replete with recreations, a museum and of course a visitor shop.
Our guide gave us the history of the place and its role in defending London against German Zeppelin and Gotha bomber raids.
Perhaps less known was that there was a Gotha Bomber raid on Southend in 1917 that killed 30 people
As luck would have it on hearing an aircraft low overhead we all rushed out to see a Nieuwport bi-plane fighter coming into land and taxying right up to us.
As one would expect on a U3A trip, we then tucked into a cream tea!
Canvey Transport Museum
The group had its second meeting with a guided visit to Canvey Transport Museum to see the buses & coaches on display there, most of them with a Southend/Essex historical connection. Some of the more agile even got to sit in the drivers cab! We also had a chance to admire the model railway layout which they claimed was the largest in the South East.
Grays Fire Station
The Transport Group has its first meeting at Essex Fire and Rescue Museum at Grays Fire Station.
A really interesting talk by Roger Pickett with an amazing selection of fire engines, equipment, uniforms and memorabilia of Essex Fire Brigade.
Thank you to Brian and Malcolm for arranging this visit.
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