Remarkable film taken at the British Empire Exhibition, Wembley in 1924/25 has recently been published by the British Film Institute. The coverage lasts around twenty seven minutes and features many shots of the Gloucester built carriages in use being hauled by a variety of Roadrails locomotives. Absolutely fascinating!
Our carriage is the only known surviving piece of equipment from that system and the film really does help emphasis its historic significance. You can watch this film at the BFI Website.
Our restored 'Wembly coach' body on temporary wheels.
Be sure to visit us at Toddington to see the progress made to date on restoring the carriage from the wreck which we acquired in 2011. Work continues on the bogies, with the braking system being fitted, after which the restored body will be located on the chassis. Around £2500 is estimated to be needed before the carriage can be placed in service, so work on the coach will now stop for a while until the funds are raised.
1091 and 'Chaka' passed their annual visual boiler inspections last month and will be inspected in steam shortly.
'Justine' is the rostered loco for Easter Sunday and Monday trains, the start of our operating season. This is likely to be the last time 'Justine' will run for sometime as her current 10 year boiler 'ticket' expires shortly after these dates. Be sure not to miss out on a train hauled by this wonderful little engine. Visit our facebook page for late updates.
A team of volunteers have been steadily cutting back lineside growth over the winter, which is opening out new views. Hopefully it will reduce the amount of such work needed during the running season.