For the first time in some months we have a post that doesn’t feature buses!
The visit of Glyder’s owner, alongside the arrival back at work of one of my colleagues, has enabled the preparation of documentation to enable non-passenger shunting operations to take place once again. This has included a risk assessment, a commentary for our Safety Management System and a refresher of competence for Matt and I in order to authorise us for carrying out these duties.
Our primary aim is to shunt the various railways, which were mothballed in March, in readiness for the winter. For example placing Glyder into a different shed in readiness for preparation for its annual boiler examination. Similar work will be required at Rowley Station and at the Waggonway. As the weather cooling, it is important that all of the pressure systems are drained of water and prepared for their winter slumber.
Here are some photos of Glyder pottering around the narrow gauge railway, enabling us to relocate some of the rolling stock and place Glyder into a shed in readiness for its annual inspections. The locomotive’s owner was also able to enjoy some time with his engine.
It’s nice to see some steam here again, albeit briefly!!!