Well, I’ve not blogged since May I find, somewhat embarrassingly! We’ve been busy with the Station Hall project, then holidays and yard operations have somewhat taken over. I’ll try and be more regular as the autumn approaches and things slow down a bit (well, not really – I am busy every weekend through to November it seems!)
This weekend, 17-18 September, and the following one, 24-25 September, see the inauguration and trial of a shuttle train service between the two NRM sites at York and Shildon.
The trains leave the South Yard at the museum from a newly extended platform – rare track if that is your thing!
Preparations have been ongoing, but this week took a new turn as both locos on site began to be prepared for use.
In the North Yard on the other side of the Museum, Matthew Ellis and I pulled out “Olton Hall/Hogwarts Castle” and filled the boiler with water before setting a warming fire in it.
We look forward to a good weekend of running, and hope it will set the scene for the following weekend where the LMS Steam Weekend at York and the annual Steam Gala at Shildon are taking place and linked by the service. This Saturday I am support crew on the Hall, so I may get chance to post my experiences here if not too busy!