Monday, 25 May 2009

Busy, busy !


We are into our busy time now with lots of gardening to do as well as the 'railway' stuff, so Saturday saw a good turn out of members involved in a wide variety if tasks.....
there was strimming...



there was grass cuttting.....



There was 'mardling' *



and there was....coach wheels being formed out of steel blanks on the lathe....

and there was....some tweaking of the Shay to make it servicable for the next Open Day (hopefully!), such as repositioning the fuel tank to give gravity feed to the engine, we need two couplings, a lanyard to make the bell work, and a whistle that will sound like the chimes these locos had !!!!! then we need to run the loco round the 'triangle' so it's facing the right way to enable you to admire all that wonderful rod motion going up and down!....

and there was.....final coat of exterior paint going on the workshop (just one wall to do now and it's finished !!!!!!! )

and there was.....signal box windows being cleaned (but don't let his Missus know !!!)

and there was....further 'walking' trials with Coach 40 that is still a bit twitchy and wants to fall off the rails whenever it can, but the Engineering Boys will sort that out in due course ?

and there was .....final tidying of the ballast on the new 'back straight'

.......and just look at wonderful array of wild flowers that are appearing along Lake cutting. John & Jane planted lots and lots last Autumn and what a picture they are..

All photos: Brian M


P.S. * Just in case you haven't heard this expression, in these parts 'mardling' means 'chewing the cud', 'having a natter', 'gossiping' , Kalling (Yorkshire one that!) etc , etc, but don't get me wrong, we don't mind as long as the job gets done, eventually ! Well done Lads, the ballast looks a treat!

TTFN