Easter Sunday and Monday 27th and 28th March will mark the last workings by 'Justine' before expiration of her ten year boiler ticket, so please come along and see this 110 year old locomotive in steam.
Maintenance, Maintenance, Maintenance
1091 and 'Chaka' are ready for their annual boiler inspection whilst work continues on 'Tourska'.
The carriages have received a lot of attention this winter. Work on our main set has included fitting new slatted side facing seats in carriage 1, doing away with the old bus seats which were life expired. Doors have replaced chains at the entrance.
The entrances to carriage 2 have been widened by rehanging the doors to open outwards. The footsteps have also been raised. All this makes for ease of access by wheelchairs and pushchairs, as will new, lighter, ramps for boarding from the platforms. Carriage 2 has also had one set of bogies refurbished.
Carriage 3 will be next to have doors fitted, hopefully before Easter.
Carriage 2 bogie out for refurbishment.
The bogies from Apedale have been completely stripped down to component parts, de-rusted, cleaned and painted and are now being reassembled. After fabrication of new pivots and rollers they will then be placed under the Wembley Carriage later this year.
Replacing sleepers and other minor track work on 'better' days.
There are thoughts about making more use of the smaller diesels for demonstration purposes this year.
The 32mm Garden railway layout has been worked on over the winter and continues to be upgraded.