March 2019

March saw the Railway open for the 2019 season. However the local population had other ideas due to heavy rain on the first Sunday, then storm force winds on the second. Turnout improved towards the end of the month, much the same time as some of the trees at Brogdale started to break out into blossom. The cherry orchards on the downward leg of our circuit should be coming out in April and are always worth a look.

Once again we are keeping the charge for our 15 minute ride at 2018 prices which remain a flat rate £1.50 per person, with kids under 2 still going free. We are also continuing to offer school trips during the week (subject to staffing) as well as kids’ parties on a Sunday, but for obvious reasons these need advance booking, find out more here.

Our regulars will be familiar with the Railway circuit of approximately a 1.25 Miles. For those who haven’t been on before the journey starts from Brogdale Central station before traveling through an avenue of specimen trees, past an open field, then along our only section of double track through a tree tunnel, and then we finish the climb up to the redundant station at Plumleigh. The route then skirts around Brogdale’s apple, cherry and replanted orchards, down past Barry’s signal box with its tigers and waving teddy bear (if active), back up the double track before eventually returning to Brogdale Central.

The end of March saw the debut of our new engine ‘Mavis’. This is modeled on a 0-6-0 Class 08 diesel shunter carrying a traditional British Railways Green livery. The engine offers all mod cons for the driver, including air brakes and is now under test before being added to our fleet.

The sleeper project continued through the month. As mentioned in our previous update the project involves replacing wooden sleepers with concrete. Our thanks to the Sunday PW team tasked with working their way round the circuit

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