Another week of hot weather here at Horsehay, but lots of progress continues by our fantastic volunteers.
MK2 Brake Standard Open (BSO) No. 9406.
Mike and Sean have continued to cut and paint wooden panels for the vestibule areas. They have also trial fitted some panels in the area designated for use by our less able visitors, so that they can see what needs to be cut.
Nigel and Dave have been busy replacing the floor. This has gone very well, and there is only a small section left to do.
Some of the more specialist parts for the BSO have been made for us this week by our friends at Alliance Joinery in Wellington
MK2 Tourist Standard Open (TSO) No. 5220.
We have received a delivery of some more re-upholstered seat cushions. We have only one more batch of cushions to go before all of them have been refurbished.
MK2 TSO No. 5193
Tracey has given the coach a thorough clean in preparation for some work to be done on decorations for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride.
Speaking of THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, Allan, John and Ben have been busy sorting and clearing space for the delivery of this year's Polar Express mugs
One of the Santa's reindeer has been brought back from Lawley to receive some TLC.
With the hot weather, Paul and Grahame have been busy all week keeping the station gardens watered and tidy
On Saturday the Class 108 was hauling the service trains. Despite (or because of) the very hot temperatures, we had lots of families join us for the day.
AJ, Miles and Nathan painted the 2-ton dumper in primer (under the cover of the gazebo). We can't wait until it is finish but I think AJ is keeping its final colour a secret for the time being!
Pete and Alex were busy as usual. Their tractors were on show for the kids to play on, and they were also preparing the ground behind the tearoom for a new fence and gate.
Some advance notice of events happening in August and September (all subject to availability. Telford Steam Railway reserves the right to amend, alter and cancel services if required).
The Bank Holiday weekend, 27th-29th August, will see Peckett & Sons W6 steam engine No 1722 'Rocket' in action on all three days hauling trains.
On Saturday 10th September the railway will be open to the public with Class 37 diesel 37263 hauling the trains. This is the last time it is planned to use the 37 for this season, so it you want the opportunity to ride behind it, please put the date in your calendar. Normal timetable and fares will be in operation. Lookout for further information on our website and Facebook pages over the next few weeks.
There will be NO public service over the weekend of the 17th and 18th September. This is to allow driver and guard training to take place with our class 142 and 144 Pacer units. Once this training has been successfully completed, these units will come into service to be used on public trains as and when required. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for further updates.
With thanks to Ben and Pete for the additional information provided for this update.
Our next running day will be Sunday 21 August with the Class 108 diesel multiple unit (DMU) due to be in use. First departure is from Spring Village at 11am. No need to pre book, just turn up and pay once to ride all day.
Our next event is the 'Horsehay Growler' on Saturday 10th September with trains being hauled by Class 37 diesel 37263.