|Roger inspects the 5" scale replacement wood store (photo courtesy of Chris Blake)|
|The "new" wood store is now apparently stored in the old wood store waiting its turn to be used to light up a loco (photo courtesy of Chris Blake)|
|Richard watching as a container arrives (photo courtesy of Chris Blake)|
I arrived at Toddington as the sun was beginning to show the merest hint of being about to rise, Andy was on hand with Dinmore Manor and Foremarke Hall nicely warming up ready for the day's services.
|Andy T, smoke at the chimney and pressure on the gauge.|
|Andy M (L) and Inspector Irving.|
|Mike having located some cutlery|
|Andy got on with the cooking...|
|...done to a turn|
|Crossing Dinmore Manor at Gotherington|
|My relief fireman taking over in the office|
Not quite so good is the fact that Dinmore Manor has yet to be adorned with any festive tinsel... although there are a few of the bah humbug brigade in the department who see that as a good thing. I tried to find some in the shops last week and failed to turn any up, I have managed to find some this week, so unless I forget to bring it with me, she will have some next week.
|Dinmore Manor, a tinsel free zone, photo courtesy of Matthew Harris|
|Assorted elves and festive folk at Toddington, photo courtesy of Chris Blake|
I mentioned last week that you could take advantage of Ecclesiastical Insurance's Christmas Giveaway to benefit 2874 to the tune of £1,000. The link I initially posted appears to have been erroneous, it is fixed now, but here it is once again if you didn't manage to get it to work last week. Please nominate "The 2874 Trust" quoting charity number 1166258. Speaking of 2874, there is a very nice article on it in the current edition of Steam Railway magazine. The article is slightly out of date now as the plaques commemorating the staff of the GWR who died in military service during both world wars have now been cast.
|2874's commemorative plaques|
|Mark (in the middle flanked by the other contestants)|
|He'd even sprayed his boots gold!|
|Margaret applying the marzipan (photo courtesy of John Cruxon)|
|Ready for icing (photo courtesy of John Cruxon)|