Another season has drawn to a close. We were able to steam three locos through the year: CHAKA, TOURSKA and 1091, all featuring in the end of season steam-up on 21 and 22 October. This was well supported despite stormy weather never being far away.
It was certainly wet and windy for the Saturday evening photo shoot, which went ahead, with some interesting photos obtained due to the prevailing conditions! The locos posed outside the loco shed, later CHAKA also stood in California Crossing station with a passenger train and the illuminated signal box in the background.
"The night shoot"
A recent Sunday saw a small group hire the narrow gauge for a railway experience day which incorporated driving the Simplex diesel on the line with passenger coaches, also trying their hand at guard's and signalman's duties. The feedback was very positive and it would be good to do this again with other small groups of between four and six participants.
Meantime, JUSTINE's boiler is away at a contractor's workshops. It has been stripped down and will require some serious – and expensive – work.
The Wembley carriage continues to see further progress, with footstep brackets now in place ready for the oak footboards to be fitted, with the wood provided thanks to a generous sponsor. It is hoped fitting of the boards will be done soon. The remaining metal parts required are being manufactured at the Dean Forest Railway.
The railway featured on the popular daytime Channel 4 television programme 'Find It Fix It Flog It' during October. The presenters visited a few months ago and took away a few small surplus items which were renovated and sold at auction, with the NGR getting the proceeds, plus some publicity.