Hi guys. A million and one people could have guessed that the final post of the year would be something to do with Shackerstone! Today we were working down at the engine shed. "Sir Gomer" had performed the final three days of steam service for the year, finishing her duties for 2012 last night. The DMU was on service today, with the main jobs in the shed focussing around putting a warming fire in 3803 & cleaning her up, as well as cleaning out & draining the Peckett. The 38' was cleaned up beautifully, with brasswork shining and the boiler barrel & smokebox polished. A warming fire was lit early in the afternoon, allowing the big 2-8-0 to warm up slowly and properly. 3803, naturally, is rostered for all four of tomorrows services to Shenton, in order to celebrate New Years Day 2013.
|Pleased With My Work On The Barrel!|
The Peckett was rolled out of the shed later in the afternoon to have her tank & boiler drained for the winter period which lies ahead. As 3803 warmed through, we continued to clean her up before heading home. Down on the drive was a visitor: Aveling & Porter "Louise": Mr Bates' steam roller. "Louise" will be returning to us in order to take part in Miniature Traction Engine weekend at Market Bosworth Station on April 27th/28th. "Louise" was simmering away in the North End yard, waiting for a trip to the pub later that night.
|The Aveling Roller "Louise"|
Well, thats it! Thank you guys for reading the final post of 2012, and I hope that you have found some interest within this blog throughout this year. The review of 2012 will join the post line-up shortly. Cheers guys, and a Happy New Year to you from Sammy's World. Regards, Sam.