|4270 setting off from Toddington as usual...|
|It would be a brave traffic warden that put a ticket on that.|
|Odd name for a tank... "Lily Marlene"|
|I bet it would clear the road of "Sunday drivers" too.|
|In fact there were rather a lot of military vehicles on display...|
|...Very nice, though I dread to think what the fuel consumption figures are like.|
|It must get pretty smokey in there.|
|(L-r), James, Jamie, Graham & Tina)|
|Dinmore Manor and the long arm of the law.|
|Chanteuse on platform 1|
|It seems that the RAAF were a little short staffed.|
|If you like meeting people and have a bit of time to spare...|
|Julie Andrews for me please!|
|Cue Monty Python|
|How tidy is your kitchen?|
|Is your journey really necessary?|
|They'd have had a few problems if they'd wanted to travel anyway|
|Caught on his mobile phone... probably texting Herman Goering|
|RAF Control Room|
|OK, perhaps the camouflage netting wasn't quite large enough to completely conceal the class 37|
|You really don't want to miss it!|
Footplate rides as well as advance tickets are now on sale.
Andy is one of the gala committee, he was caught round behind the David Page shed about to pass on details of the third guest loco to a Nazi spy. Fortunately the army was on hand to detain him before he could leak any state secrets.
|Andy, for you the war is over!|
|Steve (l) and Dave grapple with 35006's injectors|
|Chris was on hand to supervise.|
|Dave (l) and Steve fitting the automagic brake tensioner.|
|Permanent Way team at work in the yard.|
|Mark demonstrating how to change a tyre?|
|Ian applying heat to the step|
|The finished job, it will need a bit of a touch up to the paint of course, but it's level|
"It seems you have fallen into the minefield that is GWR tenders! The tender that is being built for Dinmore is indeed a Collett 3500 gallon tender, however the chassis is from a Collett 4000 gallon tender (identical chassis) that either came out of Barry with 3850 or came from Gloucester or Swindon I forget which. The tank is a new build to the original design, so not original per se. The Collett 3500 gallon tenders were originally designed to be used behind Manors and Granges etc but in the event only one Manor, 7814 Fringford Manor is known to have had one. The tenders Peto refers to are what were termed 'Churchward Intermediate tenders', which were a batch of 10 (plus another 2 later) Churchward 3500 gallon tenders (like Dinmore currently has) rebuilt by Collett to have a greater water and coal capacity. These have higher sides, a full length fender, a capacity of probably 4000 gallons and a weld line about 2/3rds the way up. 6 of these were fitted to the Manors and pictures of them are common. I'm pretty sure there aren't any originals left but I think 7325 has a replica one built on a Churchward 3500 chassis. Hope that clears things up. Dinmore will be unique in having a proper Collett 3500 gallon tender, it won't be totally original, but is anatomically correct."
My skills at tip-toeing through minefields appear to be somewhat lacking. Thanks for the correction to Mark and others who wrote/commented.
And finally, the evening saw a 1940's dance with a live big band in one of the marquees in the car park. Dancing is strictly a spectator sport in your humble scribes view, something to do with having two left feet. On this occasion, Ed and Laura were present along with their families and friends from the GWSR to celebrate their impending marriage.
|Ed (r) with his brother Tim.|
|Guarding their truck as 4270 makes good its escape down the line|
The truck behind them is owned by Ed, and they drove it many miles to get it to Toddington. His new vehicle is not exactly frugal when it comes to fuel consumption though, the headline figure of 6 MPG would deter many.
|Ed demonstrates the calibrated fuel depth measuring stick|
|George, he scrubs up well.|
|George, with Ed and Laura in their Home Guard uniforms|