August 2017

Thanks to all our customers who took a ride on the three days (Sat, Sun & Monday) of the combined Brogdale Cider festival / August Bank Holiday. For the first time ever time we ran 4 trains to deal with demand, see our website/Facebook pages for clips and stills of the two days. In contrast Bank Holiday Monday was so quiet (and hot) the P-Way team were able to get on with replacement sleeper work, track ballasting and other maintenance projects

For those who have not yet experienced the Railway we offer a 15 minute ride based on a double track loop which travels through the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm. During the ride you can see some Brogdale’s hay fields and specimen planting, Tree Tunnel, Custard the teddy bear and a couple of Tiggers and even some wild birds of prey if you keep an eye out.

As with the Cherry Festival in July most of our customers were families and locals, mainly from North and East Kent and bits of South London together with the usual outliers such as Bonn (Germany), Edinburgh, Runcorn, Stockholm (Sweden), Gdansk (Poland) and Wellington (New Zealand). The next Festival is the Apple Festival in October. Details can be found on the Brogdale web site

August saw the P-Way Team rebuild one of the wooden upper farm crossings that had definitely come to the end of its useful life. In addition the windbreaks along the long back straight were strimmed back and some of the sudden trackside weed growth cleared around the station and the yard

Lady Ann also went on her first outing to the Fancott Miniature Railway (Yes another FMR) for their visiting Locos Gala.  She was one of only 2 Steam engines that day pulling passengers around their line at the back of The Fancott pub in Toddington, Luton.

Although our regulars will hardly need reminding, the Railway runs each Sunday (usually 11am-4pm), Bank Holidays and the various Brogdale Festivals together with our upcoming Santa Specials. Subject to availability and although a bit late in the year we can still be booked for birthday parties, weddings and school trips. Details can be found on our current website. As there is demand it might be worth reserving your slot before winter sets in!

Lastly, and as ever, new members, especially DIYers, are more than welcome to join our Railway Society. If you’d like to see what we offer then contact us via our website to arrange a tour of the establishment and estate- or just visit on a Sunday and take it from there. If you do come over it’s best to avoid rainy days!

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