Christmas Event December 12th 2021
Members worked hard in advance of the event to ensure that we could manage the expected large numbers of visitors. We were not disappointed as the number of visitors exceeded our expectations helped by the fact that many were eager to get out of their houses and luckily the weather was dry but cool and didnt deter families from coming to ride on the trains and traction engines and of course meeting Santa.
The supply of hot drinks and cakes were supplemented this year with hot soup and rolls and this avoided too much queueing and enabling manageable social distancing.
The first families arrived around 10:30 and a steady flow continued all day until around 3:30. The queues for the trains were from Wortley Central station up to the Iron Works building and the queue never seemed to get smaller until late afternoon. We started by running 3 trains but had to bring a 4th train into action to try to keep the queues moving and to avoid disappointing anyone.
The miniature traction engines were also very busy taking passengers around the site and across to see the many exhibits on display.
The atmosphere was jolly with many smiling faces and plenty of smoke and steam in the air to add to the occasion.
As the light faded and the air became colder so the visitor numbers declined and the tidying up began and the locos and traction engines had their fires dropped and the boilers blown down ready for the next steaming in 2022.
We all enjoyed the day and many thanks to all members who made it a success and special thanks to the wives who kept us all watered and fed. Overall a great day and probably the most visitors we have ever had on one day.
Below a selection of photos taken on the day :
Open Day September 5th 2021
Finally we were able to hold our annual Open Day and the weather was fine and sunny which enabled us to run 3 trains all day covering around 17 miles of running per train, thats a lot of circuits of our track ! We also had 6 steam Traction engines & a steam car which ran around the site to give visitors rides and also a different steam experience.
The Bus Pass Buskers did an excellent job entertaining all present with their selection of music old & new, much to the delight of visitors who took the opportunity to rest their legs, sit down & enjoy the live music while others hummed along as they inspected the many exhibits.
We had a dedicated team of members who ran the tea room, trains, stations, guards etc. & most importantly we had each train sanitised after each run and before the next passengers embarked.
Visitor numbers were difficult to judge beforehand but we were not disappointed as many visitors arrived during the day and judging by the smiling faces and positive comments, everyone seems to have had an enjoyable day & the members were certainly tired by the time they went home.
Below are some photos from the day which were taken in between duties on the railway and running the traction engines.
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