Today was the last day of operation for the M Shed working exhibits. ‘Portbury’, the steam tug ‘Mayflower’, and the steam crane were all in service.
Portbury was given a clean before collecting the passenger train.
I spent the morning on the train – mostly trying to keep seats dry in between showers!
The afternoon was spent dismantling the fence and gateway across the shed road, this is where the new access road is going to go. The point nearest the camera (To the now defunct line around the back of M Shed) is coming out and being replaced with plain rail and concrete sleepers.
This cake was the best thing I’ve seen this year, made by Emily.
At the end of the day, ‘Portbury’ pulled the goods rake out from the long siding and coupled the NE brake van to the passenger train…
..before heading back to the shed.
Services begin again in Easter, but there’s a lot of work to do in between now and then, so keep checking back for updates!
A little reminder that the railway’s final operating weekend of 2013 is coming up! If you want to come down and see this unique steam-operated line in action this year, do come down this weekend and have a ride!
Bagnall locomotives ‘Alfred’ and ‘Judy’ took part in a photo charter with resident Avonside ‘Portbury’ on Thursday 12th September. Martin Creese of 30742 charters took the following images and has kindly given permission for them to be reposted here.
You can see all the pics on Martin’s flickr set here:
Additionally, flickr user ‘Mangotsfield Mike’ took some pictures of the prep, visible at the following link:
Finally, here’s a small clip of the two locos parallel running on the dockside.