Sunday, 3 May 2009

Mayday Weekend at Shackerstone

This weekend was the Battlefield Line's "Postman Pat" weekend and Class 31, 101, was hauling the five trains to and from the Battlefield. Meanwhile, work in the shed was continuing on "Sir Gomer" & "The Blue Circle". My tasks included cleaning out "Blue Circle"s rear water tank (using a scraper, dust-pan and brush) and the painting "Sir Gomer"s frames under the footplate floor. One noticeable difference in the shed today was the reappearance of B1 No1306 "Mayflower", which had returned from Llangollen on the previous Thursday night. A noticeable change about the engine is that she is now facing Shenton, whereas before she always faced Shackerstone. (Maybe this will make it easier for photographers!). The engine will steam again over the weekend of May 23rd-25th, taking part in the railway's "Anything Goes Gala". Please come along and take a ride behind this beautiful machine as you fare will help support the railway! Or, even better, why not join the society and help run the various locomotive's that we have on site? We are always on the look out for new members of any age and skill!

Meanwhile, Peckett "Sir Gomer" remains as a set of frames with the boiler still a few weeks from completion at Llangollen Workshop's. More posts coming soon!

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