Thursday, 1 October 2015

Much Fun Time !

A busy station area during our 'Play' afternon
Photos: Richard Neale
Hi, we are now beginning to enjoy the fruits of our labours over the past 15 years .(! yep, really). Last Saturday we decided to run some trains after lunch as it was such a lovely day, but instead of just running trains around the usual circuits, we thought it would be fun to introduce a bit of variety into the session. So the drivers (and Guards) were asked to drop off a wagon here, pick up a coach there, drop another here, shunt the wagons into a siding etc etc etc. It was chaos, but great fun and we had a great time trying to sort it all out! Most of the stock ended up in the station area, when we stopped for a cuppa, where it was quite congested!!!!. Anyway all agreed that it was great fun and with a bit more 'forethought' we could have some really good running sessions, and we will definitely be doing that again!
Work continues on replacing track edging boards where they are rotting or damaged, concentrating at the moment in the Lake area. 2" deep treated boards are being inserted instead of the 4" deep ones we have used in the past, and the electric saw has been very busy cutting many, many pegs to hold the boards in place.
'Viceroy' in charge of the 'work train' last Wednesday
Another exciting event is that 'Chieftain' now has a sound unit fitted (good work yesterday Boys!) and it really brings the loco to life!. We were all very impressed with Roy Hollingsworth's excellent Class 40 when he visited, in which he had fitted an 'MTronics' sound module, and so DJ decided to obtain one for 'Chieftain, think he is a bit pleased !!!!!!
If you come along to our last Open Day for this year on Sunday (4th October) 2 til 5 pm, you will be able to hear it. Can you identify which loco sound it is? (we'll give you a clue, it's a British loco!!). We have two visiting steam locos again, so plenty of variety and the weather forecast is promising so we are hoping for a good afternoon.
Maybe we'll see you there ?????

'Chieftain' having its sound module fitted