Steaming for MG100

The South East MG100 Header looked fantastic on the front of the 1957 BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T locomotive and was a great way to mark this special MG100 day out on the Bluebell Railway.

Over 120 MGs gathered at Horsted Keynes Station despite the ominous rain warnings from the Met Office – none of which turned out to be true in any case!

All three of our new Centre Sail Flags were flying along with the SE MG100 centenary flag to greet members as they parked up in the sloping field overlooking the railway.

Heavily discounted MG tickets were exchanged for railway tickets which allowed members to travel on the steam trains all day. Two were running – the MG100 headed train and a vintage tank engine with vintage coaches and an observation car. Members enjoyed the trip up to East Grinstead and then back to Sheffield Park before returning to Horsted Keynes for a picnic with the MGs.

The brand new South East Rally Plates were on sale for the first time and a lot of those were sold with profits going to the Centre’s charity for the year – the Brain Tumour Charity. These plates cover the three main designated SE MG100 events.

We started with a “pre” MG100 event at Brooklands in June where the Centre organised a Best of British MG display featuring a decade Octagon from an early 14/40 to the latest ZS EV. The Bluebell event was the first official one in the official year and we’ll follow that up at Penshurst Place for our Autumn Gathering on September 17th finishing at the MG100 South East weekend on 18th/19th May 2024 featuring road runs, 100 years of MG competition cars, Brooklands and much more.

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