Our volunteers continue to work hard for the benefit of the railway.
Trevor was painting in the Furnaces Team room to keep it looking its best for our customers. Bob continued painting the railings at Spring Village platform. We have a lot of posts, railings and gates that needed refreshing at the railway! Hopefully, this will be finished soon. Shaun and Martin continued fitting wood panelling in the Brake Stand Open (BSO) coach No. 9406 and found some time to work on the 2-foot gauge diesel loco that, once restored, will work on the 'tram' track at Spring Village.
Paul was watering and weeding the flowerbeds at Spring Village and Horsehay and Dawley stations and Andy was out weedkilling along the trackbed.
Thursday evening saw volunteers prepping for the track maintenance day at the weekend, which meant trying to fix the tamper.
On Saturday, the stock was cleared from the platform at Spring Village station and Martin led a team to jack up the track so that ballast could be packed under the sleepers where the line had dipped. Once done the line was tamped. A slow progress as the tamper was still not working properly, and there were rain showers throughout the day. It was good work all round though, and it was completed by the end of the day.
Shaun was tidying up the site and Ben was clearing up the remains of the roof from the LMS CCTZ 6 Wheeled van. John, Paul and AJ were continuing to work on Ruston Hornsby 0-4-0 Diesel Mechanical 'Hector'
Sunday was Father's Day, and the railway was open to the public with Peckett W6 steam engine No 1722 'Rocket' hauling the trains. The railway was busy, which was great to see, and hearing everyone having a great time. Our Father's Day Flyer experiences had sold well, so there were lots of dads and grandads enjoying a footplate ride on 'Rocket' and a two-course meal in the Furnaces Tearoom whilst many more were having a train ride and exploring the miniature and model railways.
It was a great day, and we have already received the following feedback from our happy customers :
"Thank you for a fantastic day today and all of those who worked through Father's Day. The 'Dads' had a great time and the children loved it to. We got lots of lovely pictures to remember the day by too."
"The Father's Day Flyer was a brilliant day out for me, my Dad and my Father in Law. The kids really enjoyed their trip in the brake van too. Many thanks for opening up the shed so I could show the children 'Tom'..... A great team of friendly volunteers who couldn't go out of their way enough to make it a great day."
Away from operations, Martin was working on the road-rail digger, and we finally managed to stack and bind the remaining sleepers that need to be taken off site for recycling. These will hopefully be collected this week. Clearing this space is really important because we can now start to prepare the ground for installing the 3 way point and connect it to a siding that is currently isolated. This will increase flexibility for storing the works train and other vehicles.
Thanks to Paul and Ben for the additional information in this update.
Our next running day is Sunday 26 June with our steam engine 'Rocket'
Our next event is the Open day for prospective new members and volunteers on Saturday 30 July
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