March saw the start of our 2018 season all be it delayed thanks to the Beast from the East, as normal we are open ever Sunday 11am to 4pm right through to December. We can also be found open on Bank Holidays, during Brogdale Festivals and the odd special occasion though-out the year. Keep an eye on our Events Page to find out when these are.
This year saw the busiest Easter on our books, with over 300 passengers on Good Friday even with the constant rain, the trend continued all weekend.
Most of our Easter passengers were local families coming from around Ashford, Canterbury, Faversham, Folkestone, Harrietsham, Herne Bay, Rainham and Whitstable. We also carried passengers from further afield, these being Johannesburg, London, Lyon (France) Nottingham, and somewhere in China. Everyone seems to have had a good time and we were complemented by one of the younger passengers as being better than Disney ………(!)
We also ran our first kid’s party on Easter Monday and already seem to be getting booked up for our school trips. For obvious reasons these need advance booking. Details are on our new website which is in the process of beta testing a booking and credit payment system- more of which later when we finally launch
Engineering work has continued on “Robin” which is a venerable steam engine with some parts dating back to early 1900’s (not the driver of course). ”Robin” will be out and about being tested before released to pull passengers on special occasions. No 23 “Thumper” a private Lister Engine based Loco which has recently moved into our sheds, is currently undergoing an engine overhaul and we hope to see it in action later on in the year
Prior to March track side maintenance has mainly involved clearing fallen windbreak trees, tidying up the ballast, the first grass mow of the year and weed control. However the heavy rain before and during Easter flooded the yard and so some time was spent on bailing out the turntable pit and walkways. From time to time the area around the booking office at Brogdale Central got slightly flooded and very muddy
As ever, new members, especially DIYers, engineers, signalmen, guards/drivers and multi-millionaires 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 railway estate or just visit on a Sunday and take it from there. Free tea can be arranged as an inducement