Considerable progress has been made on reassembling CHAKA. Virtually everything has now been fitted and the loco will be steamed in the next few days in readiness for the insurance steam test on 25 March. It has a new chimney as the old one was well rotted. JUSTINE and 1091 will also be inspected on the same day.
The Simplex diesel has had new couplings fitted, also air brake pipes. Work is being done in the cab to replace rusty and worn flooring and cladding.
Restoration work on the Wembley carriage continues and working electric lights are now fitted! It had lights when built, worked from an onboard accumulator; now it will be a battery.
At Didbrook Loop, a lot of cutting back of embankment foliage has been carried out, so that our trains can be seen from passing standard gauge trains. Routine track maintenance is ongoing, concentrated on levelling and packing between Didbrook Loop and California Crossing.
We also have our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Gloucestershire-Railway-Toddington-Narrow-Gauge/731219073580555. You will find photos of the railway there.
Our 2015 running season starts on Easter Sunday 5 April, steam worked, also Easter Monday 6 April.
News about our 16mm garden railway, located at California Crossing station: A double road engine shed has been built and fitted to the 16mm garden railway. The other week the track was re-laid and the layout improved including fitting a tunnel and it is looking rather good. Hope to spend next Sunday doing more track laying and we hope to be ready for the bank holiday weekend. Anybody wanting to come up and help you are more than welcome.