The diesel gala and bus rally in July was another busy day for the narrow gauge, with Justine being the only steam loco in operation at Toddington. Ordinary Sunday trains have normally been worked by the Hunslet diesel, though Justine was used on 24 July and 7 August. The next steam days, again using Justine, will be on the Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday, 28 and 29 August.
The Hibberd petrol loco is beginning to look very smart with its overhaul and repaint nearly finished. Two of our three side tipping skips have also been overhauled and repainted, with the third well on the way to completion. Together, the loco and skips will make an impressive sight, look out for a picture or two on this website in due course.
Another notable event occurred on 10 August when the Motor Rail petrol loco was fired up for the first time for several years. It was towed behind the Hunslet diesel to bump start it, but soon burst into life. This shows that there is nothing basically wrong with the loco, and it is next in line to receive an overhaul and repaint.
We have a fresh lead on obtaining information about the Gloucester carriage, which we hope to follow up soon.