Thursday, 11 September 2014

Happy Sunday

We enjoyed a lovely, sunny, afternoon last Sunday for our September Open Day, with lots of happy visitors enjoying the relaxed  atmosphere with a variety of trains running again. The steamers were not altogether co-operative with Lucille having the sulks at first, but then following some persuasive words (?) from Alan, performed nicely for the rest of the afternoon. Isabel was OK, then wasn't, so had to be withdrawn with valve gear problems again, unfortunately. More tweaking required !
So, the task of keeping our trains moving fell largely onto General, Thunderbox, The Shay, Nelson and Sergeant's 'shoulders', and they didn't let us down, running faultlessly all afternoon! Great, we enjoyed driving them!!!!!!
We received some very complimentary comments again, which is very satisfying, thank you Folks, it's always good to know you enjoy your visits.
The Saturday evening prior to that saw some 30 of our members, families and friends enjoying a tasty fish and chip supper, very enjoyable, perfect evening, plenty of mingling with some train rides, too, excellent!
..and yesterday (Wednesday), Brian Reading came out to see Hotspur steamed, and was happy that all is OK with this loco, so she can now be used on Public occasions, which will be great. We look forward to seeing the loco in action again now that her new boiler is fully commissioned!!!

....oh, and we thought you might like to see how posh our new loco shed is looking now with its painted floor, safety handrail and yellow pit edging!!!!