GB2CM Railways On The Air 2023

On the Sunday 24th September, Cray Valley Radio Society operated the special event station GB2CM at Crossness to celebrate Railways On The Air (ROTA).

This year, ROTA coincided with a steaming day at Crossness when the Prince Consort Engine was in steam. The engine is the largest working rotary beam engine in the country. SeeĀ

GB2CM operated next to the engine shed at Crossness and the station was on the air from about 10am until Crossness closed at 4pm.

The last time Cray Valley operated at Crossness as part of ROTA was in 2019, using the callsign GB2RAR. RAR stands for “Royal Arsenal Railway” and much restoration work has enabled trains to run on a short section of track to bring visitors to Crossness. The line is close to the location of the original narrow gauge railway which served all areas of Woolwich Arsenal.