Hotspur & Lucille pass on the Back straight. Photo: John Pond
We were delighted with the turnout on Sunday for our first Open Day this year, in spite of what looked like being a wet afternoon ! The weather held off after an initial shower and our visitors enjoyed trips around the circuit behind Hotspur, Lucille, The Shay, General, Thunderbox and Sargeant. Nelson had a trundle round later on with the goods wagons and Coach 41, and Isabel was on display as was Nelson, on the sidings adjacent to the signal box.
Hotspur arrives back at the platform after another trip. Photo: John Pond
We were delighted that Lucille is back in action again, following a very sucessful trial 'running in' session the day before on a Birthday Party session. She is a different loco again and back to her best ! She is a very responsive engine and you do have to be constantly alert to what's happening with the fire and water to keep her running ! Plans are in progress to fit an axle driven, adjustable water pump to help keeping the boiler topped up.
'Nelson' runs through the station with the late afternoon 'mixed' ! Photo: John Pond
Our newly opened 'ice cream parlour' (Woodpecker Lodge) did a reasonable trade despite the coolish weather, so should be a popular spot during the Summer whilst waiting for the next train !
So, thanks for coming to see us Folks, don't forget the Leonard Cheshire Charity Day on Sunday 20th May, and of course our next Open Day on Sunday 3rd June. Trains running from 2 til 5 pm both days.See you then ?