Unsurprisingly not that many passengers turned up during the month as it was either raining, overcast or offering refrigerator quality temperatures.
This didn’t stop us and under Father Christmas’ direction his grotto has now been decked out festive glittering stuff, a toasting fire organised and his armchair plumped up so he can welcome his visitors to the North Pole. There are still a few FastPass tickets available which can be brought online via our website.
Our Engineering crew have continued with routine engine maintenance. The 31 has had its air brakes reconditioned along with some minor body work, and the 20 has had both chain drives replaced. Our steam engines have been put away for the winter, a process which involves draining off all steam pipes and boiler, going round the lubrication points together with a wipe over with the traditional oily rag ready for the Spring 2020 season.
The P-Way team have also been busy this month. Main line signalling at Barry’s Box has been upgraded with electronic traffic indicators to complement the current manual lever system. Chain posts are in the process of being reinstalled and the mile or so of track is being kept clear of autumn/winter leaves and windbreak debris.
Our Depot is also being prepared for winter with additional waterproofing work being done on the Carriage Shed and the site generally cleaned up so it will look scenic if it snows……..
Once Father Christmas rides away in December the Railway closes for the winter to re-open in Spring 2020. There is a full works programme being drawn up for next year. This is likely to include fettling the carriage stock and more track work together with the long awaited platform extension
As ever, DIYers, engineers, signalmen, guards/drivers are more than welcome to join our Railway Society. We offer equal opportunities and training 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 (when not raining) and take it from there