2020 NEWS UPDATES
(and don't miss the July newsletter here)
At last, some activity!
With all due precautions, we have started to do some maintenance and preparation work, ready to run trains as soon as it is safe to do so.
Rather too quiet on the railway front...
After some weeks of enforced inactivity, we hope to do some limited maintenance work this weekend, in preparation for opening as soon as we can safely do so.
Our new toilet block has arrived, to replace the existing facilities, which are to be demolished as part of the adjacent housing development.
Still to be plumbed in, but hopefully it will be ready for the new season.
Today we were pleased to host a special visit by Bob Taylor and his family.
In the 1980s Bob built the new boilers for our two Spanish mine locomotives, Montalban and Utrillas, at Johnson Bros workshops in Preston.
Both are still in operation, a tribute to Bob's workmanship!
Preparing the posts for a new fence at Becconsall, just one of the many jobs to do before we re-open in April.
And a rare glimpse of the fishing lake, from the far end of the line.
More progress on restoring our Quarry Bagnall Sybil.
The biggest job is to make a brand new all-riveted boiler.
Today the dome flange was riveted to the outer
firebox, at Johnson's workshop just down the road in Banks.
An important task for the close season is to renew the sleepers at Delph station.
The first job is to strip out the old ones, using jacks, crowbars and sledgehammers.
What better way to work off the seasonal weight gain!
Yesterday was our last day of operation for 2019, with the final batch of our very popular Santa Specials.
Some rather weary volunteers head off for a well-earned Christmas break, before regrouping in January to prepare for our new 2020 season.
Next year promises to be an exciting one, with a number of new developments - watch this space!
And if you're in the mood for New Year Resolutions, how about one to consider volunteering to help run the Railway - there's lots to do both on the rails and trackside. Come and see us any Thursday or Sunday afternoon!