JUSTINE returned from Apedale at the end of September accompanied by some bogies on loan, which it is hoped to use under the Wembley carriage body. These are now in the process of being completely stripped down for renovation.
The bogies from Apedale. Photo S.Mourton
October 3 and 4 saw our End of Season Steam Up, which was blessed with good weather and a healthy attendance. In steam and hauling trains were JUSTINE, 1091 and TOURSKA. The latter, 0-6-0T, Chrzanow 3512 of 1957, arrived during September to take up residence and was only working after strenuous efforts in the previous few days to get the loco through its annual boiler test, which were successful, grateful thanks to all involved. CHAKA was not steamed as it was about to receive lining out on its new paintwork, this has now been done and it is being varnished.
Preperation for the 2015 Steam up. Photo S.Mourton
The season ended with the Simplex and Hunslet diesels working trains during the GWR's diesel gala on 10 and 11 October. The Lister was brought out of its storage shed and trundled up and down the yard with three skips. It was used again a few days later between Toddington, our yard and Didbrook transferring wagons to and from various sidings, before being returned to storage.
The Lister at Toddington. Photo W.Richards
The 32mm live steam layout has been a very popular attraction on operating days, and continues to be improved.
The 32mm garden railway at California Crossing. Photo S.Mourton