Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Sweet Steam !

Double headed final train on Sunday with 'Remus' and ' Little Olive'  in charge.
We had a great weekend, thanks to our Friends from the Halesworth Club who came across on Saturday with three steam locos, for a play! So our thanks to the Davids, Paul, Simon, Chris and Paul for bringing their two Sweet Williams, 'Holkham' and 'Little Olive', and the Romulus 'Remus' !.  Many good runs round were enjoyed and some of us had the chance to drive too, which was really good!!!  So, an excellent day which gave us chance to relax and enjoy seeing these lovely engines working their way around our track.

Relaxing fun on Saturday as our visiting locos get to know the route(s)
The Boys were more than happy to come back on the Sunday to help out with our Open Day, although, sadly, Dave had to return home with 'Little Olive' as she had suffered a problem with one of her crank pins which would need a bit of 'workshop' attention.
We were delighted also that 'Hotspur' was wheeled out into the sunshine on Saturday for the first time in a long time, with her new boiler and fittings almost ready for an air test, (on Wednesday, all being well).

Hotspur looking good and just about ready to go again.

We thought Sunday was going to be a bit of a disaster as it rained continually until gone 2 o' clock, at which time there was only us present !!! Fortunately, however, the weather picked up as the afternoon passed, and so did the number of visitors coming onto site, (thank you Folks!), so in the end, although it was quiet, plenty of rides were enjoyed behind a variety of locos with 'Remus' and 'Little Olive' performing solidly all afternoon, with help from our resident locos 'General', 'Nelson', 'Thunderbox' and 'The Shay' (briefly!). 
A nice relaxing afternoon with time to chat which is always good !!!!!

Our 'refreshing'  Ladies relaxing before the fun  starts!!!

The 'doubleheader' works its way through the station.