12th July 2011

We’ve been stuck in the sixties this weekend with classic minis (both female and car), steam and diesel trains from the era and to cap it all, live music in the paddock. Shazam and Shadows Music entertained the crowds on both days with Ian Guest providing vocals. We also had a special guest in the form of ex Shadows bass guitarist Alan Jones playing with the bands. Both days were very well supported and all our visitors seemed to enjoy themselves. The Tea Hut, ably supported by our Real Ale bar were kept busy all the time in the paddock whilst Weighbridge Teas were not were not to be outdone back at the station.
We had a visit from a Japanese television crew who were making a film of our line. As well as taking general footage of the trains passing, they took shots inside the signal box and even interviewed your Station Master. Not sure what they will think of us back over there, though I wonder how I will sound dubbed over!?
Elsewhere, we completed the timber repairs to the Whitedale Warehouse and, thanks to Ken Jackson and his DMU, we were able to shunt the wagons around and load the framing directly onto them rather than having to carry them up the line. It did catch the Compere out though when the DMU shunted the wagons into the platform – he thought another passenger train was coming! We also managed to get some more lifting and packing undertaken on the north end siding – it’s starting to look quite good now. Some of this was undertaken during drizzle and then rain, but we got a few waves from the passengers as they passed in their nice, dry train. We have also managed to bring down the stacked logs from up the line, whilst the DMU was in Pickering, allowing us to use our Pway trolley up and down the siding.
Although the weather spoilt itself at the end, making the tidying up a less than pleasant task, we all felt the event went well and we look forward to seeing them again in the future.

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