|Still telling the right time...|
|...and why it became detached from my wrist|
|Photo courtesy of Brian Andrews|
|6023 on the unloading road, photo courtesy of Peter Gutteridge|
|We'd love to have her back|
|Warming fire started|
|Dinmore Manor in the shed...|
|...just in case nobody noticed that the boiler was empty|
|Photo courtesy of Mike Solloway|
It's fair to say that I hadn't done a warming fire in quite a while, so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I arrived on Saturday morning. Suffice it to say I was in no rush to get the fire lit... apparently Mark had "enhanced" my warming fire after I had left.
Footplate crew don't just pass out at a particular role, and then stay there forever, you have to prove that you can still do it every 2 years... and that is for both practical exams and written exams. On Saturday was time for my biennial practical firing exam. I prepared in the only way possible, with a brand new pair of shiny boots.
After having had to do it all myself for the first round trip under the watchful eye of Chris (the inspector), for the second round trip, I thought I'd make Jeremy (the cleaner) earn his keep:
|Filling the tender......|
|...wrestling with the elephant trunks...|
|...and putting fire in the belly of the beast|
|Jeremy feeds the alternate fuel into the fire...|
|...well, most of it anyway.|
It seems that inter-departmental transitioning is a thing at the GWSR, I noticed that Saul, who is more normally noted for being a guard is now training to be a signalman
|Saul waits to collect the token, Tony keeps an eye on the proceedings|
|Running round at Broadway|
|Paul, miffed at having to change the lamps and headboard himself|
|Paul, back in the driving seat.|
|It still seems odd, handing over the train to a diesel, in this case, it was the class 47|
|Aaron with his first portion of fish & chips, Phil wonders if you can get fish and chip pizza.|
|Australian fish and chips anybody?|
|Aaron finally attaches it where it should be fitted|
|7820's Leaking test cock|
|2807, washout completed|
Moving on to Sunday, a couple more photos from Matthew Harris, Mike & Mark had finished 7820's washout now, just in time to start on 35006's.
|7820 passed her post-washout steam test (photo courtesy of Matthew Harris)|
|Matthew had continued the excellent work of painting 3850's frames (photo courtesy of Matthew Harris)|
And finally, I have been fortunate enough to receive a small collection of photos of lorries that have hit our bridge at Broadway in years gone by. I believe that all of these are from the 1980's and as can be seen, the lorries definitely came off second best.