August 2019

July may have been Brogdale’s Cherry Festival and the hottest day ever recorded, but Brogdale’s August Cider Festival came close. It was held over the hottest Bank Holiday ever and amazingly unlike last year, it didn’t rain. Plenty of people took the 15 minute trip combining steam or diesel, shade and sun, two orchards, a field of wild flowers and Barry’s signal box with its resident waving teddy bear and large family of tigers.

Almost inevitably P-Way work this month was very much tied up with even more concrete sleepers. Thanks to some additional volunteers we were able to pin most of the replacement sleepers to the track as well as tidying up the ballast. The signalling system at Brogdale Central has also been getting some interesting upgrades, thanks to ideas from our latest volunteer.

Besides engine maintenance the main input by Engineering this month was the creation of a tracked leaf blower. Basic testing has been successful and this new addition to our fleet will be used in the autumn to clear the tracks of leaves dropped from the various windbreaks around our circuit.

Although we offer kids’ Sunday party trains, several of our Cider Festival passengers came up with the idea of a family party train to celebrate various age related milestones. Much like the kids’ Sunday party trains and naturally subject to good weather, the idea would be to socialise, picnic, eat cake and enjoy as many train rides as possible. The idea is now under discussion.

DIYers, engineers, signalmen, guards/drivers are more than welcome to join our Railway Society. We offer equal opportunities to anyone over 16 and any potential volunteers can contact us via our website to arrange a tour of the railway estate- or just visit on a Sunday and take it from there.