On Saturday 12 June, Nellie Melba’s historic broadcast from the New Street wroorks in Chelmsford was celebrated at the Chelmsford Museum in Oaklands Park.
A report of this event was published in the Essex Chronicle and can be read at: http://www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/news/Dame-Nellie-s-historic-broadcast-celebrated/article-2314581-detail/article.html
Following a conversation with George Cockburn at the Veteran’s reunion last month we decided that the pictures of the reunions with particular emphasis on those who worked for Marconi Marine would also be of interest to other veterans.
These pictures together with some other maritime subjects can be found at http://picasaweb.google.com/lodestardf/Gtzm?authkey=WSVY9DlAYy0#
Now that Marconi and its successors has vacated the New Street site after an occupancy of nearly 100 years the Veterans Association has produced a CD of photographs.
The CD contains four sets of photographs
M1 taken by Veterans Eric Peachey and Barry Powell during a walk around the site in April 2008. At this time the site was being cleared for the imminent move to Basildon.
M2 taken by Veteran Eric Peachey at the open day on 6 June 2008. The site had been cleared of work and was to be handed over the the developers at the end of that month.
M3 taken by Mike Plant a friend of the Veterans at the open day on 6 June 2008.
M4 taken by Eldred Owen and Mel McGann at the time of the demolition of Building 46 and the beginning of the contruction of Eastwood House. The pictures are dated from the early nineties.
There is a total of 498 pictures on the disc and the size is 618MB.
If you would like a copy of this CD it can be obtained from the secretary
The Marconi Veterans Association
22 Juliers Close
Essex, SS8 7EP
The cost is £6.00 including postage.
We have received a letter from Michael Ware who is researching cars that have been adapted to operate on railways. His letter has been passed on to the Veterans’ Association.
Below is a section from his manuscript that refers specifically to the railway from the Marconi station in Clifden together with a photograph of the engine. If any veteran has any information on this locomotive or can shed any light on the event we would be pleased to hear from you either to through the web site or to the secretary by the normal post.
Alcock and Brown after their momentous 16 1/2 hour flight across the Atlantic in 1919 in their Vickers Vimy crash landed in Derrygimlagh Bog in Ireland. This location was some 4 miles south of Clifden in Connemara and adjacent to the pioneering Marconi Wireless Station. The only means of transport to this out-post was a two-foot gauge railway. Its principle locomotive was a conversion on an Edwardian Lancia, the adaptation being undertaken by Marconi engineers at their works at Chelmsford and delivered by sea and rail to Clifden. The famous aviators had their photograph taken seated in the Lancia locomotive.
We have recently received a request for information on Marconi equipment as shown below