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December 2019

The Christmas event took place on the 8th December on a day of mixed winter weather. The overnight winds provided a lot of twigs and branches which had to be cleared before we could run.

Steam locos Katie and Merlin plus a petrol electric loco provided Santa and his elves with a run around the track when Santa arrived. This was followed by an eager queue of parente, grandparents and many children, all with smiling faces, as they waited to board the trains to visit Santa.

Traction Engines provided rides around the site along with the steam car.

The trains ran all day until a storm around 3:15 put a premature end to a very busy day.

The tearoom was busy all day providing refreshments and cold food and outside the barbecue provided hot food all day. This event we ran a Tombola instead of the usual Raffle which turned out to be very popular and was a great success. Thanks to all who donated prizes and to Malcolm for encouraging visitors to 'have a go'. Many thanks to the tearoom and barbecue teams who did an excellent job. Sam provided music on his PA which enhanced the atmosphere, well done Sam.

Overall another succesful event which was only possible due to the dedication of members hard work prior to and during the event.

The photos hopefully capture some of the happy faces during the day.

September 2019

Our annual summer Open day took place on the 1st of September and thw weather looked fine when we arrived on site to set up for the expected visitors. Unfortunately we had a short storm mid morning and after lunch which dampened the event a little but despite the indifferent weather we had a good attendance and visitors and members all enjoyed the day.

In addition to the running trains and miniature Traction Engines we were lucky to have 'Busking Buddies', a live band who lifted everyones spirits during the storms and afterwards with various genres of music for all ages. Big thank you to them for attending and also for playing despite the rain.

We were also lucky to have a visiting Steam Loco 'Hugh' was brought along by Stephen who ran all day alongside Merlin and a Petrol Electric loco. All 3 locos were kept busy all day with a stream of visitors eager to ride behind each one and decide on their favourite one. Thanks to all the drivers for keeping the queues manageable by their fast turnaround at the stations and thanks also to the guards who ensured fast loading and unloading of passengers safely.

We also had two visiting Traction Engine along with five of our own members engines plus a steam car. the steaming bay looked perfect with all of the engines lined up. Thank you to all who presented their engines, answered the many questions from visitors and also provided rides around the site.

The tearoom provided refreshments and cold food. Outside the barbecue provided hot food all day. Many thanks to the tearoom and barbecue teams who once again did an excellent job.

Overall another succesful event which was only possible due to the dedication of members hard work prior to and during the event.

I think the photos below capture the atmosphere better than words so please find them below.

June / July 2019

Late June the weather improved a little with a period of very warm weather which saw the club at Oughtibridge Gala on Saturday 29th with the ever popular portable track. The number of visitors to the Gala kept the members busy with one Steam and one battery loco running all afternoon non stop. We had enough of us there to share the driving on what was a beautiful day. The steam loco was not the only one which needed to take on water as we all needed regular refreshments in the heat. Thanks to all the members who prepared the track beforehand, for laying it on the day and providing a trouble free afternoons riding for the visitors. Whilst we were tired we all agreed it had been a great day out and from the happy passenger faces I believe they all enjoyed it too.

The following day was also warm so we had quite a few visitors at our railway where we ran steam and electric locos most of the afternoon.

July weather enabled us to run more locos on Sunday too with a variety of steam and electric locos running and on one Sunday we had 4 Steam locos in steam. Steve was also able to re felt the garden shed roof so that too is now watertight. Steve W made a set of posts which slot into tubes in the ground to provide better support for the chains used on Open Days to prevent visitors straying onto the track in the Station area. Thanks to both Steve's for their efforts.

Photos of both days below.






May 2019

A kind donation from our fellow Model Engineers, when unfortunately the Barnsley Society of Model Engineers closed Late 2018, enabled us to make a proper roadway from the toilet block to the paving at Wortley Central. So firstly a big thank you to the Barnsley Model Engineering Society for their donation which I am sure they will see has been put to good use to make the site less muddy and providing a long overdue flat running area for Traction Engines both owned by our members and visitors too. The tarmac joins up nicely with the traction engine Steaming Bay completed late 2018. Lets hope the September Open Day is an opportunity for the Traction Engines to test out the more comfortable and flat driving experence. Below are a few photos of the tarmacing in progress in May.



March / April 2019

When the weather was fine the block paving continued with the hardy crew working hard to extend the previously completed paving. The result is superb with the block paving finished up to the end of the old Steaming Bay and a practical and aesthetic curved walkway leading to the exit from Iron Works Halt. I'm sure the visitors on our Open Days will appreciate being able to walk to and from Wortley Central and Iron Works Halt without getting muddy feet. A great achievement by the dedicated paving team and below a few photos of the progress as it happened.



Mid March 2019

The first months of 2019 have already been busy at the Miniature Railway.

The early, and exceptional, Spring weather in February enabled Steve, Ian and Chris to clear the winter debris from the clubhouse roof and to improve the panel fixing, as some had become loose, and to give the newly cleared roof a good coating of waterproofing bitumen. This was necessary as since Autumn we have had a couple of leaks from the ceiling of the clubhouse. March brought some heavy rain and winds and it does appear that these remedial works have been successful and we have now removed the buckets !

On February 17th we held our AGM which was well attended and a number of key things were approved :

We will apply for Limited Company status for our Society. This application has been sent and we await approval from Companies House.

A long list of projects for 2019, and beyond if we need more time, to keep members busy improving the site and maintaining the railway.

Our Annual Open Day will be held on 1st September 2019.

Outside Event : Oughtibridge Gala on Saturday 29th June 2019.

Wortley Forge Christmas Event - Date to be confirmed.

Meanwhile as we moved into March pallets of Block Paving and sand arrived and despite the very wet weather a great start was made on extending the paving up to the end of the Steaming Bay. More than 70% of this project is completed now and within weeks will be completed. Many thanks to the team who have taken on this task and already it is taking shape and further enhances the appeal of the site. See photos below.

We open to the public on Sunday afternoons from 12:30 - 16:00 starting on 17th March until end of October so after the increased numbers of visitors in 2018 we are hoping for another busy season.

Now we are waiting for the weather to improve so that some of the other projects can be tackled


For earlier news items please see the previous News Pages and the News archive which contains items up to November 2012