Ray was able to capture some beautiful photographs of 2807 in the winter sunshine during this final day.
|Leaving the Shed|
|At Chicken Curve|
|Next to Toddington Signal Box|
|A Stunning Sunset Shot, at Gotherington|
|2807 silhouetted against the winter sunset. The crew, John, Clive and John are just visible.|
Now I assume that on the return from Trip 2, 2807 was running a little light on coal and required a bit of a top up. On any other ordinary day I imagine that the JCB would be used but on this occasion there was little point filling it up just to take it out again so a less traditional method was used:
|To Me, To You: Trainee Fireman John passes up a bucket of coal to Tim. |
Photo courtesy of Ray
The big news this week, that can be found on the GWSR Boardroom Blog, is that the Railway has passed the 100,000 visitors mark for 2016. This is a fantastic achievement, 13% more than 2015 which was in itself a record-breaker. Long may this continue into 2017!
On Wednesday afternoon I popped in to see what the Wednesday Gang were doing. As soon as I stepped through the gate I could hear the sounds of tools and machinery being used in the shed and in the machine shop. A sure sign that Christmas is over and everything is getting back to normal - and that my job as
In the mess coach it was nice to see that someone had left some fizzy drinks, mince pies and a Christmas cake for all the volunteers of the Steam Dept. I failed to get a photo, but thank you to whoever brought them, I am sure they were very much enjoyed.
|Tim on De-Rusting Duties|
Inside the shed I found Neal cutting steel for the intermediate rafters, and he can be seen measuring up in the background of the photo below.
|Lengths of steel for Broadway canopy, some assembled, some awaiting the de-rusting treatment|
Elsewhere in the 'shop I found Andrew M, who was working on these lovely brass electrical fittings for the lamps on 35006 P & O:
|Throwing some light on the subject (eventually)|
I then went to see how things were progressing with Foremarke Hall's sliding ash pan doors but instead of seeing ash pan doors, there on the bench was one of the damper doors instead. I believe these were suffering with the same problems as the ash pan doors and they were in the process of being strengthened also.
|One door closes and another one opens... hopefully!|
|Riveting on the Starfish Wagon continues|