The "Welfare Building" is progressing incredibly well, the ground floor is now in place, complete with ceiling and scaffolding has temporarily blocked the unloading road to facilitate the construction of the next storey.
|A view from earlier in October, ground floor complete...|
|...and more recently, second floor in progress|
More has happened to 2874
|Stuart & Tracy cleaning up 2874's pony truck|
|2874's sanding levers have been parted from the frames...|
|...and the cab fittings are now completely removed.|
|The running plates have been freed but not removed.|
35006 has had a boiler hydraulic test. This involved removing lots of bits to seal the boiler including the regulator. The good news is that she passed the hydraulic test and will be back in traffic for the last five Santa specials leading up to Christmas. At the time of writing, many dates for the Santa Specials are already sold out. If you want to take your child(ren) or grandchild(ren) to see Santa at
|35006 ready for her hydraulic test|
The thing that struck me, wasn't that we had bacon rolls for breakfast, that's pretty much par for the course.
|Chris (L) and Steve with the usual order for breakfast|
|Steve at work|
|Not that we wanted to go down there anyway|
|Several packets and a whole box of biscuits|
I was back again on the Saturday (19th), a morning spent painting the coal space of 3850's tender.
|David & Tracy applying primer to the coal space of Dinmore Manor's tender|
9466 has done a few trips up and down the line. The usual prelimary checks were done which included amongst other things weighing the loco to make sure that the weight was spread evenly between the axles.
|9466 moved onto the scales... (photo courtesy of Peter Gutteridge)|
|...springs being adjusted. (photo courtesy of Peter Gutteridge)|
|Eleanor alights from the cab of 9466 at the end of its first weekend in traffic|
Dinmore Manor has enjoyed a successful couple of weeks at the Battlefield Line's gala and is now back with us:
|Dinmore Manor arriving back at Toddington (photo courtesy of Peter Gutteridge)|
Martin had organised the whole event. He had decided that arranging On Train Catering (OTC) to be on board would be an excellent way of keeping the DMLL supporters fed and watered during the day. He also rather wisely in my opinion decided that just one bacon roll for breakfast wasn't really enough and that we should have two each. This is the sort of commendable thinking that I heartily approve of.
|Martin even had a turn on the footplate himself.|
|One of the DMLL supporters grabs the regulator, Mark enjoys his second bacon roll.|
|That big red handle thing seemed to be popular|
|Turning on the water...|
|...Roger is more used to painting tenders, but here he is filling one instead.|
Some of the DMLL supporters are ladies as well, this one brought along her dad too... or was it her dad brought her? Never mind, they both appeared to be enjoying their time on the footplate.
|I'm sorry to say that I didn't catch their names.|
|This shouldn't be possible|
|Somebody seemed to enjoy using the whistle more than the regulator|
|(L-R) Devindra, Mark & Graham|
|Tom, off to a poor start as he's on the wrong side of the footplate for firing.|
One of the things that I had noticed on Friday was that the new wood store had acquired a concrete apron in front of it, and a gate, but no fence had been added.
|Preparing the ground (photo courtesy of Peter Gutteridge)|
|Pouring the concrete (photo courtesy of Peter Gutteridge)|
|Waiting for it to set (photo courtesy of Peter Gutteridge)|
I had intended to take a photo on Sunday of the solitary gate and title it something along the lines of "A gate that only a purist would use". Come Sunday morning, when lighting up Dinmore Manor for another turn, I was too late, the fence had been largely erected around the gate. The Saturday gang were too efficient by half... and it had been pouring down with rain all day as well. Whoever put it up deserves a medal.
|A gate that has taken offence.|
|Dinmore Manor on the "Cotswold Express"|
|Tom (cleaner) did very well when handed the shovel|
|A nice enough view from the office window|
|Alex, on the day she passed out as a signalman in Toddington signal box|
|Library photo of Luke at work on the shovel.|
|Inspector Irving (L) congratulates driver Smith on passing out. (Photo courtesy of Chris Irving)|