As always, this time of year is busy behind the scenes. Work is currently well underway on stripping JUSTINE so she can have a visual assessment of the work required for her ten year overhaul. 1091 has now been fitted with a newly manufactured ashpan, there wasn't much left of the old one. TOURSKA's annual boiler certificate has expired and is now being prepared for inspection early in the new year. CHAKA has been stored for the winter. Both line diesels are in working order and will be put to use with the winter PW maintainance.
Justine in the shed
The GRCW Wembley carriage is estimated to need at least £2500 to complete its restoration, including £540 just for the 16 grab handles that are required! The coach will also require new canvas for the roof, Oak running boards along the full length of the carriage, bogie pins and a pair of stretcher bars will also have to be manufactured. Any donations to help restore this rare, locally made carriage would be greatfully recieved.
Leaves on the line
Work on the permenant way will also take a few man hours over the winter. Removing the leaves, spoil from industrious rabbits and the never ending battle with the Brambles. If you fancy some extreme gardening why not come and join in! There is also the need for a few sleepers along the line to be replaced. Not least on the runround loop at Toddington Station where the platform is also to have some remedial work done.