A lot going on as we come to the end of the season.
MK2 Brake Standard Open (BSO) No. 9046
The modified door for the toilet was cleaned and varnished by Doug whilst John was busy putting up the luggage racks. Sean continues cutting and fitting more wooden panels and Mike has painted the end vestibule walls and roof.
MK2 Tourist Standard Open (TSO) No. 5220
Nigel, Dave and Tracy have been working on, and varnishing the external doors. Ben and AJ repaired a stuck window and finished off bolting on the seat headrests.
The A-exam was undertaken on the Pacer ready for the Driver and Guard training.
The brakes have been adjusted on the Class 108 Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU).
Paul and John were in the old loco shed, working on the buffers for Ruston & Hornsby diesel mechanical No. 382824 'Hector'.
Paul and Grahame continue to maintain the station gardens. They have had some assistance this week from volunteers from a local council group.
Work continues on the Spring Village platform extension. More edging slabs have been laid, and MOT aggregate has been added to build up and level the ground ready for tarmacing.
The MOT aggregate is being reused from Lawley platform, as this needs to be removed before the platform can be dug out and realigned. On Sunday the Permanent Way group took the road/rail digger and mini digger to the station were bagging up of MOT aggregate tool place. Around another 8 tons was brought back to Spring Village. Any MOT not required by the platform extension will be used to level the car park.
Guard and Driver training on the Class 144 Pacer No. 144013 took place over the weekend with lots of classroom and practical activities and exams. All of the trainees passed with flying colours, and the Pacers can now be used on public service trains. Many thanks to Paul Dore, who provided the training.
Great Western Railway Class 56XX 0-6-2 steam engine No. 5619
On its last washout one of the washout plugs was found to be badly corroded resulting in it being withdrawn from service. We have had it inspected to scope the extent of necessary repairs and are waiting for a program of works to be drawn up. Once this has been done then we can authorize repairs to have it back in steam this season.
Telford Steam Railway is working in co-operation with Severn Partnership, who are using our line to test out their rail and embankment monitoring systems at Lawley. This was installed this week and we look forward to working together, and seeing the results.
Our next running day will be Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September, the last weekend of the 2022 season.
On Saturday, Class 144 Pacer No. 144013 will be hauling its first public trains in preservation. (Special fares apply).
On Sunday Peckett & Sons W6 0-4-0 steam engine No. 1722 'ROCKET' will be in operation. (Normal fares apply)
On both days the first train departs Spring Village station at 11am. Pay once and ride all day. The Furnaces Tearoom, model railway exhibition and Phoenix Miniature Railway (additional charges apply) will all be open. Free car parking at Spring Village (TF4 2NF).
All events and attractions subject to availability. Telford Steam Railway reserves the right to cancel, amend of substitute attractions and/or locomotives without notice should the need arise.
The next event will be the Polar Express Trains which will run 25th, 26th and 27th November and then Tuesday to Sunday from 2nd December and 23rd December. Please see www.telfordsteamrailway.co.uk/the polar express for more details and how to book tickets.