Thursday, 26 July 2012

Summer's here ! Hurray !!!!!!

 Dave & Barry checking 'things' on Hotspur. 
Photo: Brian M

Well, what a difference a day or two can make, it's now hot, hot, hot, and we're trying not to complain !
So another enjoyable Birthday Party last Saturday and another this week, we have been kept very busy with these events this year, which are all fun to do, lots of happy people ! Lucille was out and about and we 'passed out' another steam driver, well done Keith !
Hotspur was steamed up yesterday to ensure all was as it should be after her recent mishap, and 'young' Barry took her out for a lap or two so the loco could be checked over. All happy with the loco so she's back on the roster ! Ray & Brackers were doing some 'overtime' yesterday (Tuesday, usual rates plus 50% bonus for hot weather working Chaps !), sorting out the point and signalling problems, which they are pleased to say are all working well now. Well done Guys. Needless to say Ray was out again yesterday lifting, lining levelling and tamping track along the 'Home' straight, with some help from General and a ballast wagon ! We're starting to latch onto the fact that we have a working railway now and instead of using wheelbarrows to get stuff from here to there, we are using the trains !!!!!!!! Much more fun !
Gardening work continues with the grass mowers out, and weed spraying and bushes being trimmed here and there.
All the work on Nelson is now complete and this loco had a run round for a while to further 'bed in' the engine (our excuse anyway!) We're really pleased with this little loco which should be in use on our next Open Day, it's such a pleasure to drive, so thanks Martyn & Brian for bringing Spuggy last year! 
Think that's all for now, see you soon

Ray at work ballasting the 'Home' straight 
Photo: Brian M