We have had a great weekend! The weather has been excellent with blue skies and a 'cheeky' breeze, but fine all weekend.
As the day drew to a close we all agreed that it would be great if the loco could 'sleep overnight', and take part in the Open Day on Sunday. Martyn, Brian & Ray were more than happy to do that so the loco was tucked away in the ALR shed for the night, and we all went home happy Boys!
Sunday was another super, sunny day and we welcomed our first 2011 Open Day visitors, with 'General' and 'The Shay' hauling the first trains of the day. Hotspur came out to play eventually after our Engineers cured a whistle valve problem, along with Thunderbox, Sergeant and of course 'Spuggy'. Lucille was given the day off, as there was a water and driver shortage! Woodpecker Lodge was opened for the first time on an Open Day and was a popular stopping and sitting point during the afternoon with its photo displays and sunny aspect. We welcomed several visitors from other railways including Brighouse and Halifax, Barnsley Society of Model Engineers, Barton House, and Little Orchard railways. So all in all, an excellent afternoon, not the busiest, but nice and relaxed, plenty of time for chatting and catching up! and finally, no double header to finish the proceedings but what must have been the slowest trip ever round the circuit (by 'Hotspur' with some help, thanks Guys, clinkered up fire is my excuse!) , and then 'Spuggie' helped to push the train round to the shed. So it was a sort of 'double header' but more American 'shover' practise than two on the front!