This year we are opening up our Young Person's Experience Day on the 7th July to everyone, If you have a child, or are a child, aged between 10 and 15 and have an interest in Railways, come and have a go at Driving, Guarding and Signalling on our Narrow Gauge Railway, cost per child is £15 please message or ring 01526 833100 there are limited places available.
Further work took place on Thursday, with the café floor in the public area finished, and work continuing on the wagons. Today, the café door was repainted, the fairground organ cleaned and painting continued on the wagons.
Since the April Open Day, several jobs have been progressed. The café is having a refurbishment, with fresh paint for the woodwork, walls and floor, and a re-arrangement of the serving area. The man-rider has been completed, and work commenced on two further wagons. The drop side wagon has been part repainted, and now requires a new wooden floor and ends. The side unloading ballast wagon has had the doors removed and is now ready for the start of a repaint.
Apart from preparations for this Sundays' open day, such as cleaning the train, the opportunity was taken to virtually complete the refurbishment of the man-rider from Chesterfield Sewage Works. Just one more piece of timber for the floor at the back, and a final touch-up of the paintwork to go.
Dry weather saw further trackwork progressed. Two further sleepers were replaced, and those laid over the last couple of weeks were packed and boxed in in ballast. At lunchtime, a broken point stock rail was found in the yard, requiring a replacement part to be manufactored and fitted. This point will need further work on it next winter, as the sleepers are giving out.
In the workshop, the Fordson Major has received a new bonnet, and dismataling work has continued on the Hdson Hunslet with removal of the engine cover and front grill and radiator.