Well it has arrived, Day 1 of our Santa Train programme with the two trains delighting the small people and their adults who were all captivated by this year's offering. It is tremendously labour intensive to deliver a quality "experience" and involved some 18 volunteers today including the "standby" fitters who made sure the train was warm and comfortable. This together with all the preparation work deserves a big cheer from anyone interested in our enterprise. We were doubly blessed today with cold, clear, sunny weather and a very good supporting cast.
Other activities on site were the LMSCA continuing with the restoration of the BTO and BSK, the Oaks Brakevan project nears completion and a lone member of the DST rubbing down Henry Ellison as part of its painting process.
The dmu team resolved a sticking EP (electro-pneumatic) valve on Iris so that it is ready for a charter on Monday and the Pullman Buffet Car had quite an active day, a feature we didn't have last year.
PS - Our web shop has had increasing success with "mail order" stocking fillers and I commend it to you as most of the products are personally posted by me! (but packed by Leigh)
PPS - Difficult to take acceptable photos of the Santa operation but this is the 1415 to the North Pole ready for departure with Rod Birch in role.