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Coming Events 

Our 2020 AGM will be held on Friday 24th April at 3pm at the Elstead Hotel, Bournemouth. This will be the start of a long weekend to which we  invite members from other Sections.  
Full details and booling arrangements below:

A visit to the Black Country Living Museum has been arranged for Monday 19th August.        
Travel arrangements are as shown below:

Euston dep. 10.03 Virgin Trains
Birmingham New St. arr. 11.24
. dep. 11.39 West Midlands Railway
Tipton. arr. 11.55
Walk to Wood Street - 5 minute walk
Wood Street dep 12.16 Diamond bus route 229
BCLM arr. 12.21.
BCLM. dep.14.39 National Express bus route 11A
Wednesbury Portway. arr. 14.57
Walk to Metro Parkway stop - 4 minute walk
Wednesbury Parkway dep. 15.03 or 15.11 West Midlands Metro - Off peak single fare £4.00
Birmingham New St. arr.15.30 or 15.38
. dep.15.50 Virgin
Euston. arr. 17.14

A visit to the 15" gauge 13.5 mile long Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway is planned for Tuesday 10th September 2019.
Meet at St.Pancras International station by the ticket barriers to Southeastern Trains (upper level) platforms at 11.00 for a 11.12 departure to Ashford. It is planned to visit the New Romney station and model railway, travel to Dungeness and back through to Hythe by RH&DR train. Priv tickets are available to retired and active rail staff and also concessions are available for seniors over 60 on the RH&DR. The expected return to St.Pancras International is at 18.54 based on present rail and bus timetables.” 

Monthly Reunions. 
From now on, we plan to move around the country a bit. The September reunion is to be held at the Monks Retreat in Friar Street, Reading . This is to be found next door to the Magistrates’ Court. Leave Reading station on the south side by the old main entrance and walk straight ahead into Station Road . At the crossroads, turn left. You will find the Monks Retreat about 100 metres down on the right hand side. For October we shall revert to the Royal Oak in Tabard Street and in November our venue will be the Brunswick in Derby – almost opposite the main entrance to Derby station. Again we shall meet from lunchtime onwards. This pub is renowned for its selection of Real Ales.

Sunday, 22nd September, to Saturday, 28th.
Sorry, booking is now closed.  

24th – 30th May.  (A change from the dates originally planned.)
Organised by the Romanian section of AEC, helped by Bulgarian colleagues who, we hope, will form a new Bulgarian section.
A provisional programme for this also appears in our current newsletter.

And looking well ahead:                                                 European Days –AEC- 2021
 MADRID (Spain) from September 20 to 25, 2,021
(Provisional Program) (Version –12-07-2019)
Sunday, September 19, arrival of the participants to the AEC Administration Committee, pick-up at Barajas airport or Madrid-Chamartín station (AVE Waiting Room-Ticket hall) and transfer to the Hotel - Dinner and accommodation
Monday, September 20 - AEC Administration Committee and Arrival participants of the European Days 
- 08.00 - 09.00- Breakfast at the hotel - 9.00 -AEC Board of Directors
-13.00 - Lunch at the hotel, for the participants to the Board of Directors.
- During the day: arrival of the participants to the European Days, pick up at the Madrid Chamartin station (AVE Waiting Room-Ticket Hall) or airport. And transfer to hotel
- 19.30 Gala Dinner opening of the European Days, at the Hotel (with a group of dances typical of the region) and also Discomovil Dance
Tuesday September 21 – TOLEDO
- 7:30 am- Breakfast at the hotel
- 8:30 am departure bus to guided tour of –TOLEDO
 -13h, 30 -Lunch in a restaurant
- 15h - Continued visit Toledo and El Alcazar (Army Museum)
 -19h, 00 Return to the hotel and dinner
Wednesday, September 22: Panoramic Visit of Madrid - Royal Palace Railway Museum
-07h.30- Breakfast at the hotel
- 08:30 - Panoramic Visit Madrid
-10h.30 - Visit Royal Palace
-12h00 - Possible reception City Hall of Madrid
-13h 00 - return to hotel Lunch
- 5:30 p.m. - Visit to the Madrid Delicias Railway Museum
-19h30 Catering dinner inside the Museum
Thursday, September 23: Arganda Train and Chinchón city
- 7h, 30- Breakfast at the hotel
- 8:30 am - Bus departure Excursion to La Poveda Station
- 9:30 am - Travel on the Arganda Train, and visit the museum
- 1:30 pm - Lunch in Restaurant
- 16h30 - Visit-walk through the town of Chinchón, and Castillo de Los Condes (winery where the “Anís de Chinchón” is produced)
 -19h30 - Return to the hotel and Dinner
Friday, September 24: Monastery of El ESCORIAL and Factoría Talgo / Las Matas
- 7:30 am -Breakfast at the hotel
- 8:30 am - Departure bus excursion to El Escorial Monastery 
- 10h00 Visit Monastery of the Escorial
- 12h00 Possible reception at City Hall
- 13.00 food in Restaurant
- 15h30 - quick visit to Factoría Talgo in Las Matas
- 5pm - return to the hotel
-19h.30 -Dinner closing ceremony of the conference, with typical folkloric show from Madrid and dance
Saturday, September 25
-from 07h00 to 09h00, breakfast at the hotel and transfer of participants to the Airport or Train Station
Costs per person (in €) H doble H- single 
Council (1 night) from Sunday dinner to Monday lunch
BASIC (5 nights): from dinner from Monday to breakfast from Saturday
EXTENDED: (6 nights) from Sunday dinner to Saturday breakfast
Supplement for single room ------€ / day
- 40% deposit with registration, before February 19, 2021 to secure place, and the rest before July 19, 2021
- The price includes: 
 - Accommodation with full board, 4 star hotel, with drinks
 - G.T bus trips and guided tours tickets.
Possibilities Collection and transfer to the Hotel
1- At Madrid-Chamartín Station, welcome in the AVE Waiting Room Lobby tickets
2- At Barajas Airport:
a) - Transfers on behalf of the organization from or to the Airport will carry a supplement of --- € / person
b) -METRO from Terminal T-1 to Madrid Chamartín station
c) -Trains Cercanías Renfe from Terminal-T-4 to Madrid-Chamartin, Journey lasts 20 min
d) - From T-1 to T-4 and to the Renfe-Cercanas Airport Station, there is a free bus every 25 minutes.


FEANDC is an organisation with similar social aims to AEC; and like AEC has sections in a number of European countries, including some which do not have AEC sections. They will be entertaining visitors from their other member countries in Glasgow from Thursday 5th to Monday 9th September.
More details about this event can be found in the newsletter, and all other information about FEANDC is available from Peter Davies whose contact details are on page 2 of the newsletter.


8b Whitnage Rd
Sampford Peverell,
EX16 7BU

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