Last week, I left off with the fact that Steve Burnett had now passed out as as driver, but that there were no photos available. Here we have the next best thing, a photo of Steve out on his first solo turn on Sunday as a fully fledged driver:
|L-R Jonathan, Dan, Steve & Ben. Photo courtesy of Neil Carr|
So what has happened around the railway that would qualify as news? Well for one thing, the ash pit now has a fully connected up pump in it:
|110V of water pumping goodness|
Work continues in the David Page shed to prepare the ground for a concrete floor:
|Largely cleared, but not quite yet ready for concreting|
|Sean, Steve & Ben, clearing out more of the shed floor|
Progress is being made on 4270 as the boiler cladding had seen a coat of primer applied:
|Ian adjusts his cleavage|
|Lights... camera... action, Hollywood beckons Ian|
I've often heard tell of passengers asking footplate crew 'how do you steer this thing then?' and for the first time it happened to me. I pointed out Toddington signal box and said that there's a chap in there who decides where it's going to go, which seemed to satisfy the curiosity of the questioner. Better still was this one, from a different passenger directed at the rostered fireman for the day.
Passenger: 'And what do you do on the railway?'
Fireman: 'I'm the fireman'
Passenger: 'In case there's a fire, that's a good idea'
Needless to say, after all that, there really was a fire. It was pretty much out by the time we got to it, but George sprang into action and made sure by dousing it with water:
|George demotes himself from driver to fireman|