Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Merry Christmas everyone. Thank you to all of our members, volunteers, shareholders, employees and other supporters who have contributed to this year's success. Let's hope for an even better year in 2014.
Don't forget that we are running trains from Boxing Day through to New Year's day. Why not pay us a visit.
Monday, 23 December 2013
Saturday, 21 December 2013
The Board have now agreed my new role and I thought that I would let you know what you can expect in the coming months. With recognition of my planning skills and my experience with the company as the longest serving member of the current Board, I have been asked to take on the portfolio of Resource Planning.
In brief, the role involves working with all departments across the railway to determine what actions are required to extend and develop the railway and then document these in the form of detailed development plans. This process will be undertaken in close consultation with all department heads and with many other members of staff. Therefore, your departments can expect visits from me in the coming weeks and months. Before then, I will be in touch with department heads to start gathering information on what planning is already in place and to capture current thinking on development that will support the growth and extension of the railway.
The planning process is very complex and will therefore be both challenging and time consuming. Given that work on the Broadway extension has already commenced, the timescale for analysis and detailed planning to ensure the support of the existing railway whilst at the same time rising to the challenge of opening the extension is rather short. We must ensure that we are ready to deliver a sustainable operation over the extended railway when Broadway opens.
Based on the above, I would like to invite any existing volunteers who have an interest in detailed planning to come forward to join a small planning group. The purpose of creating a group is to make this process inclusive for those who are interested in helping to map-out the strategic development of the company. The strategic objectives will not be determined by this group, those will be set by the Board. The planning group will determine what must be done in order to achieve those objectives and inform the Board accordingly. This information will enable realistic timescales to be set, taking into account the need for additional volunteers, training, investment in infrastructure and other resources. It will involve capturing existing information, validating it through close working with the relevant departments, documenting, identifying dependencies and identifying the critical path with an assessment of the risks to delivering the plan.
If you are interested in supporting the planning process, either at your departmental level or in a wider role, please get in touch. The only prerequisites are that you must be computer literate with strong experience of e-mail and Microsoft Excel as well as having some previous planning experience.
Resource Planning Director
Friday, 6 December 2013
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Friday, 29 November 2013
Now we are working on ways to attract more investors - there will be flyers on the Santa trains and the train teams will be offering the brochure to anyone who is interested as a last minute present for 'the man (or woman) who has everything'.
I took a railway stand to the NEC last weekend along with Dave Staniforth and John Mayell to attend what is probably the largest model railway exhibition of the year - the organisers had around 12,000 people through the door on Saturday alone. We had a lot of interest shown and by the end of the day were losing our voices from non-stop talking. Sunday was a little quieter and we were actually able to take some time to see the exhibits. For those who like red engines, the new-build Patriot was on display - yes the real thing not a model. Of course we handed out hundreds of the new 2014 timetables and many share brochures so hopefully we will see a good return from this effort. My thanks go to Dave and John for their much welcomed support.
I must also record the fact that the report in 'Heritage Railway' suggesting the amount raised was nearing £300k is over optimistic. Robin very generously extrapolated a month old figure but unfortunately the response to such appeals doesn't follow a straight line basis!
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Looking at the latest statistics, we have so far sold just over 6000 tickets, as against 4800 at the same point last year. This will of course level off as numbers on the train are fixed, but it does mean people are buying their tickets much earlier this year. Perhaps part of this is the quality of the presents which I can assure everyone are just as good as ever.
Trains will, as always, be quite empty next weekend but after that, it all picks up!
I haven't counted up the number of volunteers who will be helping santa this year but in addition to train and station staff it looks about 100.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
A quick update on the Bridges to Broadway Share Issue - it now stands at just over £230,000! If you are think about investing and have yet to completed your form now might be the time, it would be great to reach the half way mark before the end of the month.
Thursday, 7 November 2013
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
They have all agreed to ensure these leaflets are circulated as widely as possible in areas near where they live or work. Our aim is to cover at least a 30 mile radius around the railway.
We are almost there but we do still need more help particularly to the south of the region so if you can help please let me know.
In addition to distributing leaflets, they will also keep a constant watch for ways we can enhance our presence in these towns through local media contact, specific targeted promotions, local advertisements, and competitions etc etc.
Sunday, 3 November 2013
Tuesday, 29 October 2013
As you know, this is one of the biggest earners for the railway - and great fun for everyone involved - so we really do need support from as many volunteers as possible. At present, we are still very short of help in all areas - mainly a lack of "santas" but also other helpers - on the train, in the coffee shop and as "elves" to work with santa.
So please can you help? Let me know as soon as possible if you can spare some time.
Monday, 21 October 2013
Sunday, 20 October 2013
At the Board meeting last Friday, we were faced with appointing both a Chairman and a Finance Director and it was unanimous that Chris Bristow be appointed Finance Director and I as Chairman. The Board will continue unchanged on its objectives of building on the successes of the railway this year to ensure an even better year for 2014. We also look forward to an early return to service of one of our mainstay locos, Foremarke Hall, from its 10 year overhaul as well as the imminent introduction of P&O to operating condition.
I am also happy to report that the following items were approved at the meeting:
- Flag & Whistle Franchise - A franchisee has been selected and an agreement will be finalised
- Elegant Excursions - The terms of a new contract have been approved and the new contract is now being finalised
In addition we will be welcoming Richard Summers to the Board as the second Cross-Board Director from the GWRT and, we also now have a new Volunteer Director, Chris Sparkes, to ensure that we identify our needs for new volunteers and ensure that all existing volunteers have good means of communication. Chris will work closely with the GWRT Volunteer Director in these areas.
Santa tickets are selling well with 2000 having been sold as at last night. This is about 15% up on the same date last year and represents just under 30% of the total number of tickets available.
Friday, 18 October 2013
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Friday, 11 October 2013
Wednesday, 9 October 2013
As of close of play on Wednesday 9th shares to the value of £45,000 have been purchased
This is in the context that most received their Offer Document on Thursday or Friday of last week
The Shares Hotline is 01242 621905 if you want an Offer Document or have a question
Every penny raised by this Offer will go towards the Railway reaching Broadway and if you are a tax payer, purchases qualify for 30% tax relief
Friday, 4 October 2013
As with any exercise like this, some people argued against some of the recommendations put forward by others, and a number of the proposals just aren't possible to implement because of time restrictions, the single line or pure cost considerations. I also have to bear in mind visitor requirements and our own budgetary demands. Taking all of these into consideration, we are now almost ready to go to print with the new timetable. Broadly speaking, the timetable will be similar to this year, but I thought I would set out the major changes.
- No public trains will run in January, February, the beginning of March, or for most of November
- We will use the same colour coding for the timetable as this year
- We will run a public service on 171 days as against 184 in 2013
- The blue timetable will be revised such that the first train departs at 10:00 and there is a lunch break built in. There will be more "blue" days and slightly less "green" days.
- The red/green timetable will be retimed at the end of the day to ensure the final DMU meets the Cheltenham bound train.
- The printed timetable will be more "user friendly".
- The steam gala - named the Cotswold Festival of Steam - will run for 3 days at the end of May as against 4 this year. The diesel gala will run for 3 days at the end of July.
- The Friday Scenic rail cruises by DMU will run on most Fridays in July as well as all of August.
- After Christmas there will be a mixed traffic gala on 29th and 30th December.
- The autumn real ale weekend is to be retimed to mid August.
Thursday, 26 September 2013
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Monday, 23 September 2013
The income budget was £30,000
In the event there were some 3,100 visitors who paid a total of £39,000 of which £22,000 was cash on the days
Another tremendous event result and another important brick in our post "embankments" recovery
The Board's respect to all who organised and delivered
This September, we sold on the gate 787 Saturday and 977 Sunday. I am awaiting the on line advance sales information but it looks as though we had a brilliant weekend.
All seemed to go well and all the volunteers I spoke with said they were enjoying it.
I would also add that all the visitors I spoke with as well said how much they were enjoying the day out - very much due to the friendliness and helpfulness of GWR "staff"
Very many thanks to everyone for their support.
More details to follow
Sunday, 22 September 2013
Thursday, 19 September 2013
Monday, 16 September 2013
Considerable time was spent on this during timetable planning
The problem is that allowing for 20 minutes run round time for the loco, it was just not possible to produce a model that would accommodate three round full line journeys a day. The best was two and a half and achieving that would restrict crew rest periods.
If we reduced train frequency there would be long gaps at stations without trains which wouldn't be popular with visitors who are very complimentary about the integrated DMU service
However, if anyone can make a timetable work please lets us have details
I am pleased to advise that it is planned to be non operational from immediately following the New Year until broadly the second week in March.
Discussion and evaluation is on going but during that time Property plan major repairs to the bridge at JJ Farms and if we can get the finance sorted, P Way plan a major track replacement at Hailes.
For those concerned over work load may I also remind that other than Race trains, no operations are planned for this coming November
Thursday, 12 September 2013
I spent nearly 10 hours on Monday working to satisfy demands to obtain the Verification Certificate required under Section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 before the Bridges to Broadway share offer can proceed. It arrived at 5.50 pm
As a result the Offer will be launched on 30th September on the bridge at Broadway Station. We hope that tv, radio and press will be in attendance to maximise on publicity. There will be colour adverts in two of the railway magazines to add to this and we hope for a feature article.
All shareholders holding £99+ worth of shares and all GWRT members who are not shareholders will receive a copy of the Offer Document through the post. These will be posted on 30th and this should ensure all volunteers have a copy by the end of the week.
Tuesday was spent on GWR financial matters plus I met with a new volunteer who I think has some special skills that might help us. More as time goes on.
Yesterday I met with Friends of Winchcombe Station to discuss their resources, work needed and to gain their take on potential improvements to a now busy station.
The afternoon wasn't as pleasant since it was the annual meeting with our insurance broker to discuss the insurance renewal due 1st October. Every year we discuss claims in the year. new assets for cover, disposals, risk control and the level of cover for the various business activities. Not simple.
The news wasn't that good. We have had a poor claims record in recent years and the price of our increased activity feeds into premium levels. Two examples are the building site cover for Broadway and the increased volume of tickets sales this year which impact on business interruption cover and then onto public liability.
I await the final quote for submission to the Board but it looks as if it will be over £60,000 (for a year) for the first time. This compares with £35,000 four years ago and is another explanation to a regular question "where does the money go?"
Incidentally for those who think I either don't know or don't understand what's happening on the Railway I also met with Peter Muir who updated me on Property issues and the Operations Manager (a minimum weekly discussion) to be advised as to the operational and safety state of the Railway. I learnt for example of the continuing problem with goats on the line at Townsend Farm.
Whilst at Winchcombe I dropped in on the new building. The windows are now in and C&W are doing a magnificent internal painting job - see their Blog for pix
Finally, I think a word on the Broadway BAG upset might be appropriate. I have kept my head down since I might have to act as referee.
Can I make it clear that there is no criticism whatsoever of what BAG are doing and have achieved at the Station. Its frankly magnificent. The issue is about fund raising etc and who is responsible/approves what. Unfortunately words were exchanged (aren't e mails dangerous) and some deep offence taken. There is to be a meeting next week to hopefully repair the cracks and give BAG clearer guidance for the future.
Monday, 2 September 2013
This will be at 7.30pm on Monday 23rd September at Toddington. Agendas are being posted today
The reason is that an error (dating back many years we sense) has been identified in the shares management procedure of the Plc
Whilst shareholders have authorised a share capital ceiling of £3 million, there has been no approval for the directors to allot (issue) shares
This is a technicality but an important one that we must clear and demonstrate to the CPA before we can proceed with the new share offer "Bridges to Broadway" planned for launch on 30th September
All will be clear when you see the proposed resolutions in the agenda
This is important but I recognise its short notice and an evening. If you are a shareholder and cant make it, please complete and return the proxy vote paper that will be with the agenda
If you have concerns please contact me one way or another.
The Board looks for your support in this matter
Sunday, 1 September 2013
Nevertheless we set up in March of this year
Tomorrow (Monday) one of you readers will mark 100,000 visits since that time
I think our Blog Network on the GWR provides a most comprehensive view of what's happening (or not) and I hope it makes all feel involved and informed
Saturday, 31 August 2013
He illustrated school based activities which have increased from 8 school visits in 2010 to 47 this year. With so many children, the limited W toilet facilities present a significant problem as they do for Beer festivals, Thomas etc
We also discussed the desirability of an information centre and more permanent cover for activity on platform 2
The Board has decided, subject to consultation and involvement of all relevant parties, to draw up two schemes:
The first to extend or build separate additional toilets on Platform 1
The second to broadly double the size of the Platform 2 waiting room
A project and design group is to be chaired by Alan Bielby Projects Director and an early task will be to talk to planners
On finance once viability and cost has been established, the idea is to approach GWRT for a grant from the Tim Mitchell legacy
Friday, 30 August 2013
The actual consent is to construct three Broadway railway station buildings to replace the original ones demolished by British Railways
There are 8 conditions none of which are a major challenge but we do have to submit full details of soft landscaping works before building can commence.
We will also of course have to square with Building Regulations but this is a major step.
Its now down to the Development Foundation to find the money
My personal congratulations to Alan, Bill Britton and the BAG members for their inspiration, effort and patience
Perhaps some facts will help since there is no plan to remove EE from the Railway
The present agreement with EE expires on 31st March 2014
The Plc Board has discussed this and instructed that there should be negotiations for a renewal from 1 April 2014
A first meeting was held with an EE representative this week when revised draft terms were tabled
In addition practical issues were discussed including potential time table paths in 2014, appearance and safety
Why don't people ask instead of tittle tattling?
Thursday, 29 August 2013
However over the 7 day period ending with the Monday we had 2777 visitors this year as against 2329 in 2009. Our midweek trains are now busier than at weekends.
One other point I find interesting is that in each of the past 5 years the numbers of visitors tailed off immediately after the bank holiday Monday - presumably everyone going home and getting ready for school!
The Friday evening rail cruises continue to attract a good number - 84 two weeks ago and 78 last Friday. One more to go.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Met with the Co Sec yesterday to discuss the Board meeting on Friday evening and several legal issues that are on going. These might hint where we met:
Whilst at CRC I noted that the fencing of the GWR parking area kindly undertaken by the Racecourse is now complete. We are now looking at ways of encouraging more efficient parking
The Bank Holiday was tremendous for ticket sales with the Friday to Tuesday period producing £22,639. 2013 is now the most successful season ever in financial terms. This has really stabilised the Railway's future
The new Bridges to Broadway Share Offer document has now completed its compliance audit and will go to Board for final adoption on Friday. Launch will be on 30th September with a press etc ceremony on Evesham Road Bridge at Broadway
In preparation for the associated new share records required our new CRM data base software (financed by a Big Lottery Grant) is being customised. In addition all present share holding data is being uploaded so that future administration of shares will be much simplified and data more readily accessed
OTC will be acquiring a commercial dish washer for installation at Winchcombe. This should ease the end of day burden
There has been 12 requests for the info pack re the Flag & Whistle franchise. Closing date for bids is 30th September
Elsewhere there is a question as to how the Development Foundation is doing. This is always difficult to quantify since it is a moving feast. This is a taste and its not always easy to say what might have happened without the Foundation. Money comes to the Plc and GWRT as appropriate. We have 5 year giving covenants of £24,775, Appeal Board and Patrons have donated £29,000, Members £10,000, Grants £26,968 and Legacies of £516,260. That should indicate why I am so excited at the concept and what is being achieved. In addition Chris Bristow and Maxine Barton-Hawkins have done all the preparation work for the new share offer. The document is stunning and I think will become a railway collectors item
GWR has agreed to a 10 day extension to the Broadway planning application deadline. This is to enable the District Council to complete its consultations delayed because of the holiday period
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Saturday, 17 August 2013
There has been tremendous activity since our problem with a curvaceous chicken - check out the new link to the Drainage Team site on this page
Another almost unseen activity that is quietly helping the Railway grow stronger
We are also moving to letting two more repair/improvement contracts at Gretton
Every GWR volunteer will be keen to read this quote from the letter:
Having kept abreast of the GWSR's recent "near death" experience, I was and am heartened by the way adversity is seemingly being turned to advantage and that you guys have come out fighting, seeking to push on to Broadway at best speed. Accordingly, I was keen to see how things are "on the ground" and what the general atmosphere was like. Answer? Damned impressive!
I am getting a letter or so like this most weeks. The hard work is so worth it . Well I think so anyway
Friday, 16 August 2013
Thursday, 15 August 2013
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Friday, 9 August 2013
Thursday, 8 August 2013
We are talking people, locomotives, carriages. maintenance etc
The Board are determined not to blunder in and so have moved experienced Director Richard Drewitt to this important role
The Operations Manager will now be responsible for the Loco Department and I will come back on C & W when I have talked
Courtesy of Chris Bristow, Howard Parker and colleagues, we now have a brand new glossy Guide book on sale in our shops, booking offices and at the Flag and Whistle. I am sure you will agree this is a brilliant publication and certainly from personal experience yesterday, it will sell like hot cakes.
The second publication is our first Rambling book setting out a dozen walks from our stations. Again, this is already selling well - don't be put off by the cover photo!
Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Not only is there the issue of completion but copies have to be sent to the Finance Team and getting a new order book pad is hard going
From the Finance side we are always hesitant because the way it works at the moment there can be uncertainty that good or services have been received or are satisfactory and at times, the level of our unsettled financial commitments is unclear
So we are moving up. Neil Carr and Danny Scroggins have done some excellent work to design and create an electronic PO system that will operate as part of HOPS
Its at rollout stage and over the next few months users by Department will be offered access and guidance
Sunday, 4 August 2013
A major decision arising is the creation of a new Plc Director post to lead in all aspects of policy, recruitment, placing, training, personal development, promotion, job satisfaction, legal compliance and communication with GWR People (that is volunteers - all of us)
With people being our most important asset the Board thought this an overdue development
A role description will be developed and a formal advert issued in due course
Meantime if you fancy the task please do talk to me. Keep in mind that being a director carries important responsibilities, is time consuming and a director is expected to contribute to the whole arena of management and strategy development as well as duties assigned
Saturday, 3 August 2013
One of the pleasant aspects we were able to consider is the excellent financial performance this year with both normal timetable services and all special events coming in at or above income target.
As a result the Board was able to authorise an additional £10,000 expenditure for C & W to purchase an unique stock of steam heating fittings to support coach refurbishment with Broadway in mind and two storage containers for the fittings and other C & W stock
Thursday, 1 August 2013
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Monday, 29 July 2013
Saturday, 27 July 2013
Thursday, 25 July 2013
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Friday, 19 July 2013
Ten delegates were given a tour of the Toddington sheds and workshop before taking the bubble car to Winchcombe. The party then had a brief tour of carriage and wagon and some members of the party had a look at Winchcombe signal box. Our visitors then returned to Toddington on the steam service (7903), had a look around the shop and then had a trip to Laverton and back on the bubble before taking lunch at the flag and whistle. The afternoon consisted of the actual meeting, which took place in our boardroom. Tea and cakes were provided by Val in the F&W. After the meeting one or two of the delegates took a ride to CRC and back behind 47 376.
All the delegates had a good time, commented on how well the railway was doing and at least one of them has already sent back a completed membership form. All in all a good bit of public relations for the GWR.
Neil Carr, Operations Manager.
Thursday, 18 July 2013
Yesterday there were two groups and I managed to talk to all of them. One genuinely remonstrated on us not having air conditioning, another complained that his beer had foam on the top of it - you should have seen how he was pouring it! - and several others just went off to sleep. One of the coach drivers said he had had nothing but complaints on his coach as some wanted the aircon on and some wanted it off.
This hot weather is obviously having a large effect on our passenger numbers and demonstrates even more clearly how important pre-booked groups are to us.
Cooking bacon baps yesterday was murder - I can't imagine how hot the driver and fireman were!
Sunday, 14 July 2013
Friday, 12 July 2013
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Monday, 8 July 2013
Less successful was the 60's weekend. Unfortunately we were unable to get enough support to organise the event. Although we downplayed what was on offer, many visitors expected much more.
The Visit England annual assessment report has now been sent to me and is highly encouraging. I will now get this available to volunteers through the website.
Saturday, 6 July 2013
Its a quiet time for action, directors are away and there was no Board meeting at the end of June.
My diary shows that next week the BBC will be with us doing a bit for a TV programme on Tuesday. Neil and I have a meeting with the HSE that day as well and on Thursday we meet with the new Race Course management to discuss renewal of the access and car parking lease they kindly grant.
Progress is good on the Paint Shop and I'm told it should be clad by the end of the month and we will then look to fitting out etc.
Ticket sales continue to do well against Budget and I must say the Railway looks fantastic in this beautiful weather. I had a sublime hour at Winchcombe with a mug of tea on Thursday just sitting watching the trains and chatting.
Richard Summers and I took the chance to chat on OTC equipment needs and I think there will be good news there shortly. We face a dilemma with volunteer availability and OTC for the rest of the season - unless we can get more temporary help, we will have to turn coach parties wanting cream teas away. From what I see a day with OTC is tiring but wonderful fun in terms of team spirit and meeting people. Can you give some time? Please?
I am delighted with the new Admin office layout which is good for working and gives such a good impression to visitors.
Work on the new share issue led by Chris Bristow is proceeding. Our Offer document text is now with lawyers for review but has been type set and beautifully illustrated by our graphic design consultant Mike Weaver who does our leaflets, booklets etc.
The following week a meet to decide the format for tendering of the Flag & Whistle franchise and then the first of my well trailed eye ops which I am told will keep me quiet for a while.
Friday, 5 July 2013
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
The application is to the revised concept with toilets in the Platform 1 building.
A separate application for the car park will be submitted in due course.
Friday, 28 June 2013
Heartiest congratulations to our editor Steve Standbridge.
Many of you will not know that Steve has been editior for some 15 years or so and was assistant editor for some time before that. For the last few years Steve has worked entirely without help to produce the Cornishman which makes this achievement simply stunning. If anyone out there would be willing to assist Steve, your help would be much appreciated (contact either Steve or myself).
I should also like to say "thank you" on behalf of all the members, to all our contributors without whom the magazine would not be possible.
Well done everyone
At the Trust AGM last evening, I mentioned that we have received some request for the Magazine to become all colour and available electronically. The Trust would appreciate your opinions.
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Income Budget was £30,000
Actual takings - cash and £14,205 sold on line were £30,012
I'm a very happy FD
Congratulations to Andy Smith and his organising team and plaudits to all who were on duty
Sunday, 23 June 2013
This from a chap from South Staffs who signs himself as "Member and share holder of the SVR" is typical:
"Having recently visited the GWR at Toddington, my wife and I wanted to compliment you on a most enjoyable day out. We visit Heritage Railways throughout the country and found GWR staff most friendly and obliging. The ride during the journey was most comfortable and enjoyable. especially being hauled by the Stanier 8F engine.
The day was enhanced by a very tasty and well presented meal in the light and airy restaurant.
A first class day out!"
I can only say well done to all.
What it does make me realise is that all the hard work we've all put in over the last few years is paying dividends. We present quality and value for money, bookings are well up. we have our largest capital programme ever and are now in a sound financial position. This must give every volunteer satisfaction that their hobby is a worthwhile activity in terms of preserving and operating a heritage railway.
Friday, 21 June 2013
Thursday, 20 June 2013
To fund we having been looking to a grant from GWRT from the recent major Mitchell legacy. They are in turn dependent on the sale of a bungalow which is part of the legacy and whilst this is moving, progress has not been as quick as hoped.
However the success of the recent Steam Gala has given us some financial room to manoeuvre and the Board has today authorised an immediate start on the surfacing of the roads 8 and 9 areas in the Shed. These are those not involved with the pit and comprise broadly 50% of the internal area. Completion is planned for end of November.
It is hoped that the grant will be available by then and the other half can be completed after the loco winter maintenance period.
So whilst the Gala delighted our visitors, impressed the heritage industry and gave us all a lot of fun, it also moved a major improvement of the Railway forwards
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
The background is that some months ago a vehicle was backed into the Admin Office. The structural damage was such that repair was more expensive than replacement
Link this with the need for expanded Admin facilities, improved storage, a central office location for the Operations Manager and easier access to supplies for OTC and the Board decided on a revamp
A replacement Admin office been purchased. This will be better fitted out and will include a separate desk for hot desk working, an expanded post box facility and importantly a new and further meeting table etc that will be available to all
A new office has been purchased to accommodate the Ops Manager and a custom storage facility which will include the present plan storage drawer which is presently kept at W in poor conditions
Finally the Development Manager's Office has been relocated
The site will be subject to landscaping etc when complete
The OTC and Shop storage has been moved to adjacent to the pod accommodation and OTC will have a quick access store directly on the platform in the former gents (which has been properly sealed off!)
It will take a week or so to finalise so please bear with us. If you are looking for your post box in the meantime, its in the Boardroom
Another set of signs that our Railway is moving forward
"We just wanted you to know how much all who travelled on our special train last evening on the extended line enjoyed their trip!
There were very many compliments to the railway from amongst our 120 or so passengers, many of whom are not railway enthusiasts. The turnout of our loco. the coaches and the whole railway. together with the friendly helpfulness of the volunteer staff were greatly appreciated."
The present block work build will continue on most days until complete
The first floor and stairs are being delivered on Friday 21st June. There will be no vehicle access beyond the signal box on that day
Cladding will commence on 12th July until completed and will be followed by window installation
C & W and B &S will have access from early August to start interior works and painting
Monday, 10 June 2013
Last Thursday I spoke with a number of visitors, and comments ranged from "by far the best heritage railway" to "a vast improvement" to "clean trains" to " friendly and helpful staff". No negative comments at all. Trouble is - it can't go on like this!! Are we riding for a fall??
Sunday, 9 June 2013
My previous posting on 'the view from the carriage window' inadvertently stirred up some controversy and I want to answer Bob Mac's points.
Firstly, however, I note that the photos of the steam loco department's mess coach I intended to attach were not included so I am attaching them here.
Sunday, 2 June 2013
Saturday, 1 June 2013
Friday, 31 May 2013