Christmas Santa Event :
It was a cold but dry day and again visitors arrived early with the children keen to travel on the trains and visit Santa.
Sam brought a P.A. system which played Christmas music which added to the festive atmosphere and also enabled announcements to be made during the day. Christmas lights and decorations were also to be seen especially around Wortley Central and the clubhouse.
We had an early setback when Sir Walter Raleigh failed after a couple of circuits of the track. Fortunately, we had Darrens Petrol driven shunter which was quickly put to use. Other motive Power was provided by Steve, Trevor, Bryan and Dave. in the end we had plenty of locos.
We ran the new loading / unloading system again and it worked perfectly with Iron Works Halt adorned with newly made Station and Way Out signs and a new voluntary collection box finishing off the appearance of the station.
Visitor numbers were also up on the previous year which, considering the enforced late change of date, was very satisfying and made the preparations well worthwhile.
Val worked tirelessly in the Tea Room all day supplying food and drink to visitors and members alike.
Many visitors commented how welcome they feel when they come here and that for many families it is a date they put in their diaries year after year.
The consensus from the members was also positive with all of us saying what a lovely event it had been.
Thanks to all who supported and helped make it a success.
Below are a few photos from the day :
Open Day :
After the final preparations for Iron Works Halt were completed we had the first opportunity to trial the new system for passengers to embark at Wortley Central whilst alighting at Iron Works Halt thus making the flow of passengers more under control and also much safer. At the end of the Open Day we all agreed that the new system was a great success and additionally reduced waiting time for passengers.
The weather had started with a threat of drizzle but we were lucky as the day remained dry.
We started early with visitors arriving before 11:00 am. and continued to remain busy until around 4:00 pm with overall visitor numbers exceeding the previous year.
There was plenty for visitors to view as we had a good number of miniature Traction Engines as well as running different locomotives on the Railway. The Forge had Stirling Engines, Stationary Engines, Water Wheels and visiting cars to keep visitors interested.
Overall it was a very successful day and, from the many smiles from old and young alike, everyone enjoyed themselves.
A special thanks to all members who helped on the day and special thanks to the Ladies in the Tea Room who kept us all watered and fed.
Below are a few photos of the days activities :
What will we do now that the track has been finished was the comment from the Wednesday club members ! Well despite the concerns this has been a busy year so far with many smaller projects and activities.
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The day began with the threat of showers later in the day but fortunately the weather was kind to us.
The portable track was setup in the morning and we awaited the arrival of the Parade at 2:00 pm. Ian & Gary provided the motive power and the ability to load one train while the other was running up and down the track twice. This worked well and as soon as the Parade arrived the queues for rides began and did not slow down until around 4:30. It was certainly a busy afternoon and very enjoyable seeing the happy faces of the many children.
Overall a very successful day enjoyed by all of the members who helped loading the passengers, driving & generally setting up the track and putting it away afterwards. Special thanks to Chris’ father who towed the trailer to and from the event and to Chris who kept us supplied with tea and ice creams. (Photos #9, 10)
Visits to the Site :
1. Early July the North Sheffield History Society visited the Forge and requested a ride around the track so Graham and I provided the manpower. There were about 25 of their members and they thoroughly enjoyed their rides as can be seen. (Photos #11,12)
2. On the evening of 19th July the Bassetlaw North Notts Railway Society had a BBQ at our club and we ran trains for them. They are a group of enthusiasts who are interested in all manner of railway topics from model to miniature to full size railways. Steam and electric motive power was provided for their visit as can be seen. (Photos #13,14)
We now look forward to the September 3rd Open Day and encourage all members to support this event as we are usually very busy in all departments to give the visitors an enjoyable day and a taste of steam, oil and coal.
For earlier news items please see the previous News Pages and the News archive which contains items up to November 2012