Our main running season during the summer months was mostly well supported both in passenger numbers and volunteer help and we would like to express our gratitude to you all. All three working steam locos saw use on special events and bank holidays, while the Simplex diesel proved its worth on ordinary Sunday and Wednesday trains. The 32mm live steam garden railway has been running on most operating days, having been improved over many months and is a great attraction for both young and old.
A driver experience day with 1091 for a small pre-booked group was enjoyable for all concerned, and is the kind of event that we intend to develop further. Chaka was in use on the Classic Car day on 11 September, which also saw high vistor numbers for our narrow gauge line.
Looking ahead, Chaka and Tourska are rostered for Thomas the Tank on 24 and 25 September- these tend to be our busiest days, requiring two locos and plenty of volunteer help.
Make a note in your diaries now for the End of Season Steam Up on the narrow gauge at Toddington on Saturday 1 October and Sunday 2 October. All available locos will be steamed, currently CHAKA, 1091 and TOURSKA. Admission price will be £5 for adults, which entitles you to ride all trains on the day of issue if you wish. Trains from 10am Saturday - first may be diesel - but NOTE on Sunday, public trains will commence at or around 1pm, due to a party visit starting at 11am. (There may be public trains between 10am and 11am on Sunday , please check nearer the time on our Facebook page.)
Also a late addition to running dates is the GWR Diesel Gala on Saturday 8 October and Sunday 9 October, which the narrow gauge will be supporting. Both the Simplex and Hunslet will be operating, trains may be doubleheaded. The Lister and/or the Ruston will be running in the loco yard and it may be possible to visit the storage 'garage' to see two locos not normally on view to the public. Keep an eye our Facebook (link at the top of this page) for updates. Please note that entry to the whole site will be by ticket only, there is no free entry. Your site entry fee during this event includes a ride on our line too. More details on the GWSR website