Volunteer Liaison Officer update
Brake Standard Open (BSO) No 9046.
The metal and wooden flooring has been completed in the seating end of the coach and we are in contact with the supplier to order the vinyl flooring. External doors continue to be repaired and the guards compartment is receiving more coats of paint. As the weather is warming up, rubbing down and filling on the coach exterior has started.
Crew mess room/ ‘Command Bunker’
Work continues on replacing the exterior wooden slats and repainting
The grass around the Furnaces Tearoom and Railway House have been cut and the whole area looks much neat and tidy. The numerous flower beds at both Spring Village and Horsehay and Dawley stations are looking good again this year. A lot of hard work goes into making these area attractive and welcoming to our passengers.
More tree saplings have been planted along our boundary at the Lawley station site
Permanent Way (P-Way)
Ongoing maintenance of the running line is taking place with regular track walks to ensure keys in place and any defects are identified and remedied quickly. Boundary fences and security issues are also regularly checked and maintained.
For the first time in a number of years, we ran a fish and chip special on Saturday, which was hauled by North British diesel hydraulic No. 27414 “Tom”. A large shunt of the yard to up most of the day in order to get “Rocket” out of the shed and “Tom” and the train marshaled into the platform road. The special was a success, with lots of positive feedback. The fish and chips smelled lovely as well! This is something we will look to run again in July.
Sunday saw “Rocket” in steam and hauling trains. The sun shone, and it was very hot on the footplate. We welcomed a couple of guests for footplate experiences during the day and it was pleasing to hear how much they had enjoyed it. There were lots of passengers again, and there were a lot of ice creams being eaten!
Thanks to Alan, Shaun and Doug for the additional information used in this update
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Our 2023 special events are now on our website: www.telfordsteamrailway.co.uk/events
Our next event is the Classic Transport day on Sunday 28th May. We hope to have classic cars, land rovers, a sentinel diesel wagon and traction engine on show as well as “Rocket” hauling the trains. Special fares will be in operation - £10 Adults, £8 Children, £40 Family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children). No concessions.
The railway is then open on Bank Holiday Monday 29th May. Peckett and Sons steam engine No 1722 “Rocket” will be hauling our trains (No classic vehicles will be on display)
First departure from Spring Village station (TF4 2NF - free car park) is at 11am with further departures at 12pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm.
Tickets for Mondays trains £8 Adult, £5 children/concessions, £25 Family (2 adults and up to 3 children). Great value season tickets which pay for themselves after only 4 visits are also available. All day tickets allow unlimited travel on all our standard gauge trains plus entry into our model railway exhibition, and (if open) museum.
The Furnaces Tearoom will be open offering hot and cold drinks, snacks, cakes, ice creams and light meals to eat in or take away.
The Phoenix Miniature railway will be also be running (additional charges apply).
If the weather is dry, the second hand bookstore may well be open outside the waiting room on Spring Village station. As well as railway books, we have just received a good supply of gardening books. Book prices £2 each or 3 for £5. Come and grab yourself a bargain.
All attractions subject to availability. Telford Steam Railway reserves the right to cancel, amend or substitute any locomotive or attraction without notice if required.