Sunday, 20 December 2015

Pre Christmas Fun !

General waiting in the Layby Siding ready for a run.
Hi there, we were very pleased last week when record number of members, and their families met at a favourite local Hostelry, (the Brick Kilns Pub and Restaurant at Little Plumstead) to enjoy some lovely food and a very pleasant evening.(well done to all the staff there, and of course our 'Social Secretary for arranging it all!)
Chieftain about to depart with JP in the driving seat !

Yesterday we had a great turnout of Club members (16), for a bit of a Fun Day before we head off to do all the 'Christmas' stuff.... the lining out of the ticket office is almost complete with the final wall panels and beading to be fixed, then it will receive some paint treatment so it will all be posh for next year's Open Days. There may even be some cosy floor coverings !!!!!!! 
'Hotspur' is stripped down to its chassis and Ray has 'freed' the pistons which has allowed the wheels to turn, so now we will have a look at the motion and valve timing in the New Year to get the loco back into good running order.
Thunderbox with a short set! coming into 'Den' section with John driving
All photos: Brian M

There was a good selection of sausage rolls available (hot ones, thanks Jane and John !), plus mince pies and an assortment of nibbles to enjoy during the day, in between running a few trains. 'General' came out with its 'Class 31' sound unit performing well from the speakers that Graham has fitted, 'Chieftain' did a few laps (with its new little 'engineer' in the cab!), as did 'Thunderbox' which is now running well following the carburettor tweaks that the Boys 'engineered !
So an enjoyable day was had , as they say, by one and all!

Some of the Gang wondering what to do next !!!!