Monday, 3 May 2010

May 2010 Open Day News

Lucille's driver acknowledges the Guard's 'right away' signal and sets off.
Photo: George Aldridge

Our first Open Day for this year was a fairly quiet start to the season, with a steady 'trickle 'of visitors on this very cold, but fortunately, dry afternoon which had us complaining about the 'lazy' northern breeze that went, not around, but 'straight through' one !!!.

Hotspur ready to go with Lucille working along the back straight.
Photo: George Aldridge

Titan, The Shay, Hotspur , Lucille, The General and Sergeant all ran during the afternoon but The Shay only managed one trip before being stopped with a front truck retaining bolt 'disappearing' on its first trip causing the front wheels to do 'wheelies' occasionally ! Disappointing, but the repair should be straight forward fortunately.... It was Titan's first public run since its upgrading works were completed, just in time for the Open Day, and the loco ran perfectly, being a welcome addition to our loco fleet. It was also pleasing to see 'Sergeant' out on the circuit with Coach 40 for the first time, allowing our visitors a different experience !

Titan looks good in the platform awaiting the first trip.
Photo: Brian M

Our PIC for the day had suffered a damaged tendon recently so he carried out his duties with the help of a 'runner' and an electric buggy, kindly loaned by one of our members. There was a suggestion that it could be 're-gauged' quite easily so he could have zoomed around the track !, but the engineering boys politely declined (for now ?).

The PIC going through his prestart checks!.
Photo: Brian M

The PIC for the day tentatively approaches the foot crossing on his electric steed .
Photo: Brian M

The afternoon was completed with the now obligatory double header, this time with the two steam locos doing the honours with a couple of much appreciated circuits.