The bus rally on 22 July was a well patronised day, with 'Justine' doing the honours. 'Justine' was also used on the 5 August service. Quite a lot of time is being spent on the October Gala preparations. We are pleased to announce we now have three guest steam locos booked. These are 'Peter Pan', which was at Ashchurch and the early days at Toddington, so it is great to welcome it back, together with owner Graham Morris. Those with very long memories will recall that quarry Hunslet 'George B' was at Ashchurch, the first narrow gauge loco on the DRPS site and really the engine that inspired the expansion of the narrow gauge at Ashchurch and now at Toddington. 'George B' was last steamed at Ashchurch and is currently undergoing restoration on the Bala Lake Railway towards the day it will steam again. But we have been able to bring in another quarry Hunslet for the gala, Graham Lee's 'Jack Lane', built in 2006; we very much look forward to seeing it at work. The third engine will be making its first public appearance since restoration, so, for the moment, we are keeping that one 'under wraps'. Also visiting will be Joe and Dan Nemeth's Lister loco, recently re-engined.
It is intended to have a photo shoot on the evening of Saturday 6 October, for which a fee will be charged.
In readiness for the gala, 'Justine' is going to be repainted, first time for many years.
We have set up a new page on this website which will focus on some historical aspects of the DRPS/NGR fifty years in preservation (see link on the Home page). Many people may not realise that our group was heavily involved in standard gauge preservation both at Ashchurch and the early years at Toddington before we decided to concentrate on narrow gauge.