The heavy rain when I set off from home on Saturday morning had turned to heavy snow by the time I arrived at Toddington, the fields alongside the B4077 showing as white when the first pre-dawn light eventually filtered its way across the landscape. Minor details such as blizzards may deter brass monkeys, but the volunteers in the steam loco dept are made of sterner stuff and soon a sizable team of people were setting to work on preparing 2807 for the day ahead. The first thing to note is that my less than subtle comments regarding the blocking of the pathway to the wood store last week appeared to have been heeded and no stock had been left in the way.
|Path clear of stock, if not snow|
|It may be snowing, but note how highly that brass safety valve bonnet is gleaming :-)|
|Ian oiling something under 2807|
|Ian & George... they didn't think that I'd upload this.|
A brief interlude in the snow permitted an al fresco tea break.... Andrew's wife had sent him off this morning with a large fruit cake.
|Cake... a rare and very welcome treat|
|Cliff & Martin are still sheltering in the cab & missing out on the cake|
|Rood Ashton Hall & Kinlet Hall at Ashchurch|
|Andrew & Cheyenne on the opposite platform|
|Digging out sleepers|
|Ed & Sean loading sleepers onto the tele-fork thingy|
|Ian at work, Ed looks on|
Further progress was also made in pressing concrete sleepers into service as the wall of the new ash dock.
|Ash dock slowly taking shape|
|2807 arrives at Toddington|
|Off to Cheltenham, tender first into the snow|
|Heading off to Laverton|
|The road under Laverton loop was rather flooded|
|2807 heads back towards the stock at Laverton loop|
As usual, Tina made the firing look easy, even though everybody on the footplate were practically fighting each other to stand as close as possible to the fire and making it nigh on impossible for her to swing a cat never mind a shovel full of coal.
|Last trip down to Laverton and Tina has a go at operating the ground frame|
And finally... I made it all the way to the end of the blog relating events on a snowy day on the railway and didn't mention the phrase 'no room at the inn' or pink furry handcuffs once... Oops!