With everyone being fed up with the weather we decided to defy The Beast from the East and operate as planned at the weekend. Whilst admittedly Sunday was quiet, Saturday was more than reasonable and it was good because a pre-booked birthday party could go ahead as planned. They enjoyed a train ride and an afternoon tea in the buffet. We started out early to clear the platforms of snow and grit round and it was well worth it in the end.
There was a hive of activity down the yard, with many poddling around in the snow. The Class 31 received a B exam with the owner and owners mate coming from Northamptonshire being joined by three of our own chaps. Five people crawling all over the locomotive changing all the brake blocks, checking the battery levels, generator condition, traction motors etc in order to ready it for the forthcoming gala as well as the season in general. There's also a mad dash on to ready the final two coaches for the same gala, with the SO receiving a vacuum cylinder swap in the car park on Saturday. These were piped up on Sunday. Yet again the gala was in mind as the 33 painter continued with glossing the locomotive. Hopefully the change in temperature doesn't cause the metal to sweat too much which would hamper this project at the final hurdle. It was nice to see everyone working towards a common goal.