Railways On The Air Courtesy Of Riviera Amateur Radio Club

Railways On The Air (ROTA) weekend usually takes place every year on the weekend closest to the 27th September. The date celebrates the anniversary of the first steam powered passenger railway which made its first journey on 27th September 1825.

This year the Riviera Amateur Radio Club will be taking part in the event with the permission of the Babbacombe Cliff Railway.

The event involves contacting and being contacted by Radio Amateurs operating other stations at their own nominated railways as well as amateurs operating from their own stations at home or mobile all over the UK and Europe and possibly other parts of the world.

Unfortunately due to poor signal the transmissions will not be taking place at the Babbacombe Cliff Railway itself, but if you are a radio buff and hear our call sign GB4BCR plus mentions of the Babbacombe Cliff Railway on today, you will know what it is all about.

Man Overboard Mystery – big reveal

A note from the pathologist:-

By all accounts, Sir Michael Spencer was not a nice man.  Throughout his life, he had made many enemies and therefore we were not short of suspects or motives for his death.

However, after much intensive questioning and clue-seeking, our amateur sleuths finally unravelled the truth, enabling the Police Constable to arrest Ginny Ferguson for her fatal involvement.

Ginny hadn’t meant to kill Sir Michael, she had simply intended to give him a taste of his own medicine.  But on drinking the drugged brandy she had proffered, he quickly lapsed into unconsciousness and toppled over the yacht rail into the sea.  The horse steroid was far too potent for a human, even in the tiny dose Ginny had slipped into his glass.

Ginny’s callous failure to attempt a rescue or raise the alarm means that she is certainly a very guilty killer.

Virtual sweeties go to (among others):

  • Jackie & Gerry & Linda & Mike;
  • Lucy & Sean;
  • Georgia & Josie;
  • Wendy & Pete;
  • Jennifer;
  • Glenys Phillips;
  • Alana Hodge;
  • Christine Gill;
  • Julie Crook;
  • Jenny Kay;
  • Harry Bannister;
  • Pat Fletcher;
  • Rachel & Ben;
  • Mrs Crosthwaite;
  • Alex.

Thanks to all who came along and helped to ensure that justice prevailed!


Man Overboard Mystery Photo Highlights

Thanks to everyone who joined us today for our Man Overboard Mystery. Here are some of our favourite moments from the day.

If you didn’t manage to stay for the big reveal of who was responsible, please check back here again tomorrow……



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Photo Competition

Make it snappy!
Babbacombe Cliff Railway is running a photo competition.
Next year the Cliff Railway will celebrate its 90th anniversary and we have all sorts planned to mark the occasion.
For various reasons, we are looking for some fantastic photos (old and new) of the Cliff Railway, Oddicombe Beach or anything that you feel sums up Babbacombe Cliff Railway.
The photos will need to be taken, or owned, by you and copyright free. We’ll be in touch again soon to let you know where to send them and how to get involved.
In the meantime, have a look through your old pics and see what you’ve got or get the camera out and take some new ones.
For now, here’s a few to get you in the mood…..

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