Words by J. Penny.
'It's been a funny old day...' as Arkwright might have
said. Whether or not our very own version of Arkwright - Harold Rodd,
thought the same is unknown, but Steve has been teaching him how to use a
computer and all the GLR stock in the shop is being logged in and out.
Blimey; technology reaches the GLR, although apparently it's not powered by
Dave drove the red diesel, No.5, on a trip to Park
Lane to re-erect the 'STOP' board, broken off at the end of the 2012
season. It was my fault (Bert) but the wood was rotten, believe me...
There was a little pause before returning as the drive belt to the air pump
snapped, meaning the brakes on the loco would not come off, but as we had just
had a torrential downpour we were able to creep back gently as the brake-blocks
were not exactly gripping tightly. The weather brightened considerably, we
exchanged engines at Common Lane yard, and made our way up to Tower View to pick
up all the logs from the tree-cutting from a few weeks ago, all the brush-wood
having gone up in smoke of course. These logs were loaded onto the broad
bogie flat wagon and then moved to a convenient place for unloading, where we
chained the wagon to the track just in case some undesirables had some bright
Needless to say lots of other little jobs were tackled, none of
huge importance, but ones which help to put the GLR where it is at the top of
the 'Tidiest Railway' category (in my less-than-humble opinion) One thing
I did notice in the workshops is that a start was been made on replacement
windows for Pinesway Junction signal box. Facing the West it can really
get the worst of the weather and sad to say the windows have really suffered in
the last twenty years or so. Fortunately Ian is 'the man' when it comes to
carpentry, and 'O' level or not, I think my efforts at anything like that would
be in the 'wood butchery' class, producing little more than a mess, noise and
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Open Days 2013