When our end of season gala started on Saturday 4th October the weather was (as predicted) dismal and wet, so we used the 'all-weather' Polish coach topped with SENA 15 and tailed by STANHOPE. The skies cleared and the sun appeared later, but we stuck with this formation. Meantime JUSTINE chuffed up and down the yard with three skips.
Sena 15 'topping' the Polish coach on Saturday.
For Sunday, with dry weather forecast, we used our usual three coach set with SENA 15, STANHOPE and JUSTINE taking turns. The live steam layouts were also in operation, these create a lot of interest. Come and see for yourself.
Thursday the 16th saw the arrival of our regauged Simplex Diesel along with the arrival of Chaka's boiler, a busy time at the loading spur.
Chaka's frames and Boiler reunited
Chaka's boiler arrived just before the Simplex diesel. However the latter was dealt with first and was started up to assist the unloading process, which went quite quickly, thanks to the experienced lorry driver who transported the loco from Statfold. Then it was the turn of Chaka, which was propelled up the unloading spur to have the boiler placed on the frames by the hi-ab lorry which brought it to Toddington from Allan Prout's yard. Chaka was then towed to the loco shed. The Simplex followed and during the afternoon had a successful test run on the main line to check clearances.
The Simplex and Hunslet on the loading spur
A large quantity of spares for the Simplex diesel arrived Wednesday 15th, thanks are due to Martin Turner and his colleague from the Talylynn who made it easy to unload from their trailer. Thanks also to our volunteers who came to help.