Tuesday, 4 September 2012

September Fun !

Yes, tis September already and we're still having lots of fun ! 

 The loco being prepped by Michael and Ben on the workshop sidings
Photo: Brian M

 All ready to go ! Photo: M Coote

On Saturday we had another Birthday Party and a visit from a Shri Lankan M7 diesel, courtesy of Michael Coote from the Kings Lynn Club. Michael and Ben came along to have a run (or two) round our circuit, and once the usual pre start 'cuppa' and 'mardle' had been carried out, this lovely loco was unloaded, started up and an initial exploratory trundle of the circuit made by Michael and Ben. Some of you will have seen this impressive loco as Michael (another Society member) has taken it to various tracks around the country. We were very impressed with its performance and very realistic sound !

 Michael brings the loco along the back straight on his initial run. 
Photo: Brian M

So, thanks to Michael, we had to have a go too !

and I did, Happiness is ? Photo: M Coote

By then the Birthday Party folks were arriving and so we fitted up the M7 with a suitable coupler that enabled the loco to help out with the Party, which all added to the variety, and made for another enjoyable day.

 Ben brings the train round with the Birthday Party children
 awaiting excitedly ! Photo: Brian M


                                                                            The Birthday Party trains are away! Photo: Brian M

Sunday saw another busy and sucessful Open Day, (thank you all for coming!), with lovely weather seeing General, Thunderbox, The Shay, Lucille, Toby (thanks again John!), and Sergeant all doing their bit. Hotspur was stopped on Saturday, priming badly (or exceedingly well!) and so was unavailable (Wednesday job!).

 Toby ready for another trip with John B driving. Photo: John Pond

 View from inside the signal box. Photo: John Pond

So, just one more Open Day to go this year on Sunday October 7th, and then it's down to some serious tweaking over the winter, and we will have one or two serious and one or two not so serious tweaks to tell you about in due course !