As trams continue to be tested on a limited section of the tramway, and the permanent way team work on inspections/maintenance work on other sections of the tramway, another return to ‘the old’ occurred, with a lap of the site being undertaken by David Bickerdike’s Aveling & Porter R6 steam roller, that is currently based at the museum.
The roller is in the closing stages of its restoration (whence no boiler cladding yet), but the opportunity was taken to give it a day out as part of David’s induction to operating at the museum. Here are a few views of it around the site, taken on an older iphone so with all the quality limitations that this brings!
We are also well-advanced in our plans for two transport events this autumn – with a weekend of steam and historic transport on the 26/26th September (we area aiming for 50+1 exhibits as part of the events programme recovery, and recalling the missed events of the museum’s fiftieth anniversary in 2020), to be followed by a bus running day on a Saturday in late October (exact date tbc at the moment). Both events are somewhat short-notice, I realise, but probably better have them, than not!