April came in with showers, drizzle and late blossoms in the apple and cherry orchards the blossom still to be seen from our railway as it passes sedately on the mile or so trip around the orchards on a Sunday (11 am- 4 pm, £1.50 a passenger)
This month seems to have been largely taken up with steam engineering and track work. Thanks to the work of resident engineers our latest steam engine “Robin” (4-4-0) has now been stressed tested and just needs its boiler certificate before it goes public. Similarly “Mogul” our ‘N’ Class (2-6-0) is also being prepared for stress tests ahead of a new boiler certificate. “Lady Ann” (0-6-0), a 7 1/4 gauge steam engine, has been fitted with a new whistle value, as has “Mogul”
Work has begun on extending the station platforms. First job was to shift the station water tank to a new location. Groundwork’s and then concreting is to follow in the next couple of months. In the interim new hardwood track sleepers have been laid under the main points into the station. The station ticket office is being painted yet again, starting with the back. The door side is next.
Thanks to the arrival of a new S & T engineer the intention this year is to install a block signal control system for the Railway. If anyone is interested in assisting feel free to call by on any Sunday
One of the community activities provided by the Railway are school party trips. There have already been a couple this year with 4 more already booked. The Railway also offers trips for wedding parties as well as kid’s parties on a Sunday. Details and contacts are on our website
As ever, new members, especially DIYers, engineers, signalmen, guards/drivers 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 is a possibility