There are plenty of things to check long before you get anywhere near
In line with the forecast, it was a grey and rainy morning, definitely a day to be on a tank engine with a nice warm enclosed cab like 4270 than the rather more open and exposed cab of a tender engine such as 2807 for instance.
All the checks done, Tom got on with preparing the loco by emptying out the smoke box and raking through the grate.
|In a blur of activity, Tom empties out the smoke box...|
|...and, raking the ash through the grate|
|Keeping the wood dry|
|Anthony cleaning the boiler barrel|
|Hard to tell from here, but there are at least 3 people huddling together on 2807's footplate|
|Fire going, Tom and Anthony try to dry out in front of it|
|Better than nothing I suppose|
|Andy oiling 2807|
|Staying dry in 2807.|
Graham has taken the view that cleaning anything under the shelter of the running plate is an ideal way of getting the job done and staying dry at the same time.
|Graham, polishing the rods of 2807.|
|Ben, taking it easy in the office.|
|Tom seemed to like it up there|
|Mike (right) at Broadway station|
|Crossing 2807 at Winchcombe|
|Ben & Nick (r)|
|Late running coach slowly transferring its passengers onto the train|
|Another by firelight portrait in Greet tunnel|
|Steaming out of Greet tunnel|
Not necessarily being the most observant person on the planet, I noticed for the first time on Saturday that CRC sports a vegetable garden. I wonder if this means that you can buy fresh veg in the station shop.
|Your five a day.|
|Crossing 2807 again at Winchcombe|
|The C&W rain inducing benches|
|Neatly edged platform 2 at CRC|
|2807 has finished for the day, 24081 takes the third round trip for train 2|
|Tom, Anthony and Ben, topping up the tanks at the end of the day|
|Anthony & Tom raking out the ash pan.|
|4270 ready for action once more|
|Last job of the day, empty the pit.|
Dinmore Manor's tender is looking much more together now, some of the plating has been added around the edges and more priming/undercoating has taken place.
|Dinmore Manor's tender frames|
|Dinmore Manor's tender wheels|
|A number, not a name.|
|Foremarke Hall's tender, photo courtesy of Steve Jones|
And finally, there will be plenty of fun for all the family next weekend when a certain really useful engine pays us a visit. Will Henry get bricked up in the tunnel? Will the Fat Controller have to give any of our locos a stern talking to? Will the troublesome trucks be sent to sit on the naughty step? Wait for next week's enthralling episode to find out.