After being the Thunderbird engine over Race Week whilst 7903 and 35006 carried the race-goers, Dinmore Manor has been the engine of choice all week, working alongside the DMU on the Blue Timetable.
After the rush of the winter maintenance schedule and the races, it all seems rather quiet in the shed this week.
In fact you could say it is starting to look like the Broadway Canopy Works as long lengths of green steel are slowly spreading out across the shed like slow-growing lichen. It is going to be an impressive canopy when it is finished.
|Inside the |
|Neale drilling holes in sections of canopy|
|One hole down... the electromagnetic drill gets to work|
- There are around 3,500 holes to be drilled
- Rivets used are either 3/4 inch or 5/8ths thick
- 3 thicknesses of steel are used; 8mm, 10mm and 12mm
- In various places, parts that require joining are 5 widths thick!
On the subject of Broadway, the share scheme reached a massive £1,200,000 over the last couple of days - and with 34 days left to run and £34,000 to go, will it make the target of £1,250,000?
Have you bought your shares yet?
Have you been putting it off?
Well, maybe it's time to buy before it's too late!
Back to the locos. As mentioned, on the face of it, it's been fairly quiet - but, dig a little deeper beneath the surface and actually for one loco group here at the GWSR it's been a bit hectic.
2807 is going off to Didcot Railway Centre next month, for their '50 Years' gala from 14th April - 1st May, so the team from the Cotswold Steam Preservation Group have been working hard to get her up and together and looking tip top. On Wednesday it was a group effort to polish her up and at some point during the week she had had the front running board repainted:
|2807 looking exceptionally shiny from the front|
|...and not looking too shabby from the sides either! Not bad for 112 years old|
|A clean footplate means a well looked-after engine|
|Meanwhile, one of her fire bars receives attention to remove some clinker|
|David and Kenneth (hiding) sanding down the paint on Dinmore's tender|
|7820 approaching Winchcombe|
|Dinmore steaming up to Platform 2, Winchcombe|
|Dinmore makes her way to the front of the|
carriages to haul the lunchtime train out of Toddington
|Beautifully polished nameplate glinting in the sun|
|Basking in the sun - one stunning loco|
|Wowing the crowds on Platform 1|
|Everything disappears in a haze of steam|
|Not quite full steam ahead... but impressive nonetheless!|
|John at the |
|And with a loud whistle, off to Winchcombe she goes with 7 carriages|
But, there is no rest for the wicked as they say - normally after 3 trips it's time to dispose of the locos and tuck them up in the shed with a cup of cocoa and a bedtime story (one about a certain blue engine, of course). Not today, though. Dinmore Manor gets to stay out late tonight and haul the Volunteer Special Fish and Chip train.
|The Black Manor simmers at Toddington|
|Fairly busy, even at 6:20pm|
|Volunteers trickled in for a 7pm departure|
|Steam rising from the carriages|
|Volunteers awaiting the off and having a merry time|
|Many drinks of various kinds were consumed!|
Finally, Dinmore Manor is out for a Volunteers Special Fire & Drive later in the week, which yours truly is going to be a part of. Very exciting!
If you (or someone you know) would like to wield a fireman's shovel or get your hands on the regulator at the GWSR, you can find out more information here. But, be quick - 2017 Footplate Experiences are selling out fast with only September and October left!