The last operating day of the season occurred on 18 September for the Classic Vehicles rally at Toddington. Brigadelok 1091 did the honours, the weather stayed good and it was a busy afternoon.
Thanks to all our volunteers who have helped out during what could have been a difficult year with the GWR’s operation at Toddington being reduced and less visitors to the site. In fact, patronage of our narrow gauge trains has held up pretty well.
The end tipping skip, the fourth and last to receive an overhaul, has now been completed. All the skips look very smart. Further work has been carried out on the Gloucester carriage. The frame has been carefully separated from the body, enabling a much closer examination of the restoration required on both parts. The outside timbers of the frame will need replacing, and have now been removed, but the inside stretchers are reasonably sound. An assessment of the amount of timber required is being drawn up.
The Hunslet diesel is in need of attention to the drive and other railways which have the same type of loco are being asked for their advice in this regard.
Next October sees the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Dowty Railway Preservation Society, the forerunner to the North Gloucestershire Railway Company - and plans are being formulated to commemorate this significant event. Hopefully it will be possible to announce the dates for the celebration in the November news.