May was a fairly quiet month for us. There was only the one Bank Holiday which went well
It being almost early Summer everything green suddenly took off. The fields alongside the Railway moved on from hosting dandelions to a new mix of buttercups, daisies, clover and long grasses. We did our first cut of the windbreaks alongside the track and started pruning the occasional overhanging branch. The 4th year of potatoes at Barry’s Box have suddenly sprouted. Our platform planters in Brogdale Central are now full of donated geraniums
May saw the Permanent Way (P-way) Team installing a new telephone system alongside the double track near to the Torry Hill Point. This has now been linked to Barry’s Box which enables drivers to contact the signalman if there are any complications on that part of the line, this also allows for some interesting operation later in the year.
Restoration of the ‘Kerr’s’ closed coach has progressed significantly and we hope to have this in service soon. This coach was purchased from the Royal Victoria Railway at Netley, Southampton and has quite a history to it. Our restoration team were surprised to find newspapers dating back to the 1940’s
Our Mogul class No.1 has now been tweaked to perfection and is due its boiler certificate for public running in June. ‘ Robin’, another of our steam engines, is also having its boiler tested and should be steaming in the Summer
On the last Sunday of the month No 1 was out on the line pulling our new collection of scale commercial waggons. These include three aggregate trucks, a meat waggon, a banana van and a general purpose dry goods waggon. The whole set-up looked good and worked well
The Brogdale rabbits continue to borrow into our embankments and in one case even attempted to drill into one of our concrete crossings. The rabbit got down to foundation level before giving up, leaving us to fill in the excavation
Although our regulars will hardly need reminding, the Railway runs each Sunday (usually 11am-4pm), Bank Holidays and the various Brogdale Festivals. Subject to availability we can also be booked for birthday parties, weddings and school trips. Details can be found on our current website. Bookings have already started to come in so it might be worth reserving your slot!
Lastly, and as ever, new members, especially DIYers, are more than welcome to join our Railway Society. If you’d like to see what we can offer then contact us via our website to arrange a tour of the establishment and estate- or just visit on a Sunday and take it from there. If you do come over best to avoid rainy days!