Watercress Line

Miniature Railway End of Term Report

Following on from the very successful August Thomas event we have been running every Saturday, as we have throughout the season since April. We have also opened the Railway for other events such As “War on the Line” and the   “Autumn Gala” as well as continuing with various tasks.

In addition to the usual stock and track maintenance activities we have fixed some leaks in our container roof plus rubbed down and treated the entire roof with rust convertor and sealant. Attention is now turning to the container end, sides and doors for similar treatment prior to cladding being applied. The finishing touches to Nevada’s repaint have been applied and Richard has made us a useful wagon out of timber off cuts using two spare bogies. We have started surveying the route for extending the line to Four Acre Field and have already taken delivery of some infill material that will be required to ease the steep gradients.

The second platform is virtually complete and was put into use for the Wizard Weekend event; we just need some more timber for fence palings to finish off the fences. With regards to this event it proved to be a very successful finale to our operating season. Sheila Love kindly loaned some bunting, tinsel plus Wizard and Witch cut outs to us. Together with some posters and decorations we made and acquired we decorated our station to good effect. It was quite staggering to see the effort many of our visitors, Adults and Children alike, had gone to with their costumes. Special mention must be made of our own Richard, who donned a splendid Skelton Suit for his driving turns on Saturday. References to only having a Skelton crew to man the train were obviously met with derision! But it all made for a very family orientated and humorous weekend.

So how have we done at this the end of our first operating season? I’m sure you will all have your own opinions. Given that as the New Year dawned we had only just finished laying the track and that we had no station, fencing or pedestrian access in place, I think we did very well to get everything ready in time for the Easter Thomas event and to maintain a consistent service throughout the year. As always though there is room for improvement and in particular we would like to extend the line to give our visitors a longer ride. We now look forward to next year and beyond to continue to improve and extend this railway.

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