Monday, 13 July 2015

July update

General receiving attention
Hi, just back from a few days away, in North Norfolk, lovely!!!, so just to bring you up to date.....Lucille had a successful inspection and steam test on 1st July, so she's 'good to go' for another year, but Isabel is very unwell and needs some work to stem a steam leak adjacent to the firehole door, so, unfortunately this loco will be 'resting' for a while.
We welcomed our Friends from the Norfolk Railway Society on the evening of Thursday 2nd July, for their 'annual visit', and an enjoyable evening was had by all, several trains were out, the kettles were kept busy and plenty of chatting was enjoyed. Thanks for coming Folks, always good to see you!  
Then on Sunday 5th July we had our latest Open Day, although at one stage we were on the verge of cancelling as it was chucking it down, seriously !!!! but, we decided to hang on until 1 pm and see what the weather forecast promised promised  drier weather  so we decided to go for it, and it turned out to be quite a nice afternoon in the end. So, good decision, and thanks to all you nice visitors who came along, it was good to see you all, (and the bonus was that queues were nice and short !). We were especially pleased to welcome several prominent members of FOND (Friends of Norfolk Dialect) who had come along wanting to inspect the 'Squit Mine' entrance we had found ! A special train conveyed them to the site, where they were able to wonder at this unexpected find, and photos were took ! Think they were impressed, and wanted to know when we would be selling Victoria Sponge cake next so they could re visit then!!!

The entrance to Squit Mine No 1
We ran several locos during the afternoon, including General (with its new digital controller and handset, courtesy of Ride On Railways), fitted by the Guys and tested the day before), Thunderbox charged round nearly all afternoon as did Chieftain, The Shay came out to play, as did Nelson, Viceroy and Sergeant.  
Hotspur was steamed up, but was sulking so she was put away, in disgrace, the Medium Sized Controller was not happy, as some of our visitors wanted a ride behind the loco, sorry Folks ! So apart from that, all in all, a good afternoon was enjoyed by all......
Work has started on the construction of the lean to storage 'building' adjacent to the loco shed which will house coaches and wagons as the carriage shed is getting quite full (so where will I put my lovely American loco when I win the Lottery!!!! I ask ?????? can't possibly tell you what THEY say to me about that!!!!!!)....and of course the usual on going maintenance and gardening work continues......