As discussed at the AGM we arranged a Members Running Day and BBQ on Friday 20th July and after the long spell of warm weather we gritted our teeth and crossed our fingers that the forecast rain would not spoil the day.We had a few spots of rain but not enough to dampen the enthusiasm.
The event was supported by members and their families and we had 5 steam locos, one battery powered loco, a steam car and 2 traction engines running from around 1:30 until 6:30. the BBQ was lit and we all ate our hot food as and when we were hungry.
All commented what a relaxing day it was and how much they had enjoyed it. Members arrived at different times and we finally packed up at 7:45 in the evening. Below a couple of pictures taken late afternoon while drivers took a breather and a cuppa.
The weather is still variable, to say the least. However, work continues on various tasks around the site.
Permanent Way and Infrastructure :
Trevor re-aligned the track on the upper loop.
Steve completed new pointwork at Forge Halt and the Headshunt.
Chris and Don made repairs to the automatic signalling from the tunnel and have made the switch operation more robust.
Steve, who only recently joined us, has repaired rotting woodwork on the signalbox and already put the first coat of paint externally and internally. Further coats of paint will complete this task in early May making the appearance and protection against the elements effective.
Chris, Dave and Jonathan have completed a hardstanding adjacent to the loading/unloading ramp. This will enable trailers to safely load and unload locos and rolling stock. It is coloquially known as the helipad !
Keith has made new Finials for the carriage shed and once the paint has dried will be fixed at either end of the carriage shed.
The final phase of the Block Paving has been completed with 'The Last One' being laid by the team on 2nd May. Well done to All who helped on this big task, a real improvement to our fairway between the Platforms and the Clubhouse and side path.
Locomotive Movements :
Repair work has been completed on the Class 20. One of the motors had to be rebuilt and on the same bogie a wheel had to be re-aligned and fixed to the axle. Some re-wiring of the battery connections will complete this loco ready for regular running again.
One of the Passenger Carriages also had a minor repair following a regular safety check.
Filming for Upcoming TV Program :
During April a TV film crew spent a day filming at the Forge and also filming our railway for a short slot in the program. We had a cold but busy afternoon of running both steam and electric locos and talking about the railway and infrastructure associated with running it. Thanks to all the members who supported this and we all look forward to seeing the finished program. More details on this when we know when the program will be broadcast.
January to March 2018
Spring is Here - At Last :
The terrible weather in January, February and March may have deterred many to stay at home or stay in the clubhouse.
However, not the hardy core of members who worked tirelessly on cold and snowy days to lift the old house brick paving between the platform at Wortley Central and the clubhouse, repair and add drainage before laying a superb block paving area replacing the old bricks including the footpath which runs up to the garden shed. The visual improvement is clear to see and has made walking in these areas so much easier.
We owe the Block Paving Team a huge thank you and also thanks to the members who donated the blocks.
Below are a few photos of the Block Paving Progress:
For earlier news items please see the previous News Pages and the News archive which contains items up to November 2012