Thursday, 14 November 2013

Maintenance time again !


A lovely Autumn view

Hello there
Now that our 'operating season' is over, efforts are being concentrated on all those essential jobs that need to be done to ensure we are ready for another great season in 2014. (dates alongside!). Our final running session for this year was held on Saturday November 2nd, when we enjoyed a tasty fish and chip supper, ( preceeded by soup, and followed by gateaux, lovely!). Trains were out before and after the food, with General, Thunderbox and Nelson obliging!, and we all really enjoyed riding round in the dark, (some of us do that all the time anyway !!!!!). There was a lovely, happy atmosphere with some 33 members, families and friends enjoying the convivial surroundings..
 
On a sad note we had a short firework display during the evening in memory of Mark, who passed away recently after a long illness. Mark was a regular attendee at our events, taking many photos, and supporting his wife, Lisa, and his family who all help out on Open Days, and who were all with us during the evening. 
 
Nelson takes Lucille around the circuit to test the water pump, before going into winter storage in the top shed. 
 
So, the signs and signals, telephones and CCTV cameras are all stored inside, as is our 'Gnome' population (they don't like the cold!), coach and loco maintenance is underway, and we have several other jobs to do during the next few months which will keep us busy, weather permitting, like a new cover for the pit, improvements to the signalling operation with a new panel being constructed which eventually, may have a 'proper' miniature lever frame !!!! Isabel's wheels are being re profiled, and we intend to line out the 'ticket office' to make it cosier for our Ladies on Open Days.
Hotspur's new boiler is well on the way and should be with us in the not too distant future. 
 
 
Isabel's wheels off for reprofiling
 
Hotspur's bits being painted
 
We are also experimenting with the fitting of speedometers to our locos so we actually know how fast we are travelling! We are also on the lookout for a replacement lathe as our venerable South Bend one is creaking a bit these days!!!!! Lots going on !!!!!
Keep smiling !
 
TTFN
 
and here is our new distant signal which will be placed on the Back Straight gantry next Spring.
All photos: Brian M