April 2019

April was a blossom month. As our downwards leg of the circuit runs apple and cherry orchards, passengers certainly got an eyeful of blossoms as their train passed leisurely by. As a bonus of sorts Custard the teddy bear and the Tigger family have been on hand at Barry’s Box

April was also the Easter Bank holiday and the first Brogdale Fair of the year. As it was hot and sunny the crowds turned out and we ran flat out for the 3 days of the Fair. Although from time to time there was a bit of a wait, everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves and were sometimes surprised at our low flat rate fare of £1.50 for everyone except those under 2 who go free.

As would be expected almost all our Easter passengers were families or family groups, sometimes up to 9 people in a group, which meant they got a train to themselves. It was also noticeable that some of the kids were so taken with the ride that the family came back for more. There was a lot of talk about our kids’ parties which can be booked for a sunny Sunday and involve as many train rides as can be crammed into 2 hours. Details can be found by clicking here.

During the Easter festival we brought out our new engine ‘Mavis’ modeled on a 0-6-0 Class 08 diesel shunter.  Unfortunately, as we are the only 9″ Gauge railway in the country open to the public, it was impossible to complete line tests before delivery, leaving our team to make a few modifications to make her suitable for our line.   This meant that a few passenger had the fun of waiting for a Thunderbird to arrive in order to rescue ‘Mavis’  and her passengers.  Our team began modifications right away and we are hoping to see Mavis back in service in May.

During the month the Railway ran a couple of school trips which seemed to go down well. These can be booked via our contacts but are subject to staff availability

As ever, DIYers, engineers, signalmen, guards/drivers are more than welcome to join our Railway Society. We offer equal opportunities to anyone over 16 and so if any potential volunteers would like to see what we can 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