MK2 Brake Standard Open (BSO) No. 9406
More wooden panels have been fitted to the guard's area.
The handbrake has been freed up
MK2 Tourist Standard Open (TSO) No. 5220
Repairs to the inside of the external doors have continued this week.
The windows that were resealed recently have been prepped and received a first coat of paint.
The benches in the waiting room at Horsehay and Dawley station have had some TLC and a paint. For our Polar express trains, this will be transformed into the 'Hero boy's' bedroom as part of the theatrical performance.
The application for planning permission to rebuild the signalbox at Horsehay and Dawley station has been submitted to the council.
The platform extension at Spring Village continues to make good progress. Concrete foundations for the new tunnel wall (for the Phoenix Miniature Railway) have went in on Sunday. The final (I hope!) brickwork has been removed from the retaining wall of the old dock and more platform edging slabs have been laid. Bags of MOT have been emptied and levelled ready to be tarmaced. Wiring to connect to a further lamppost will shortly be in place. The work is still on course to be completed in early November.
A broken chair was replaced on the track between No.1 point and Horsehay and Dawley station. Having the appropriate plant machinery makes the job so much easier and quicker. A track walk from Spring Village to Lawley also took place.
At Lawley station, the remainder of the platform MOT aggregate has now been bagged and brought back to the yard. Work here will continue where possible but will be reduced in the short term as more attention is given to getting the railway ready for the Polar Express Trains starting in November.
Speaking of which, the fibre glass reindeer were released from their container and herded onto the lowmac. Ruston and Hornsby Diesel Mechanical 0-4-0 No. 313394 'Jammo' brought them back to Spring Village were they will be given some TLC ready for pulling Santa's sleigh.
The area by the wood store has been tidied with pallets stacked and rubbish being removed. This has made a big difference and improved access
Maintenance work has also continued on British Rail Class 37 diesel No. 37263 and Ruston and Hornsby Diesel Mechanical 0-4-0 No 382824 'Hector'
The railway had a stand at the Telford Model Railway exhibition at Charton School on Saturday. We attend many exhibitions throughput the year and it is a great way to promote ourselves discuss the great work we are doing, and our exciting plans for the future. We were busy all day meeting old friends and making new acquaintances. The next event we will be attending is the Cradley Heath Model Railway exhibition on Saturday 8th October at St Michaels Church of England High School (B65 9AN). If you are attending, please make sure that you come and say hello.
Thank you to Ben, Martin and Nigel for the additional information contained in this update
The railway is currently closed
Our next event will be the Polar Express trains which start on Friday 25 November. Tickets are now on sale at www.telfordsteamrailway.co.uk.