Farewell Special... and Opening Day
Today was a sad and a happy occasion. The builders arrive tomorrow to start work on our house extension. This means that the patio section of my garden line will have to close. Today was the final day, so I had to run a special.
On a happier note, I've been beavering away (re) laying the track on the North side of the garden where the track gets the most sun and consequently would never stay together properly. The old track had wooden sleepers with F/B rail pinned to it. The new track is Peco Streamline set in a bed of mortar so I'm hoping that it will prove less troublesome even if it doesn't look as nice. So the farewell special was also the opening special for the new section.
Some photos from the day. The loco is Sandy River No 24 - a coal fired 2-6-2 by John Shawe.
Stupidly I forgot to take any photos on the new section. Jackie got one, but it's not great. The new track has rather a TGV look about it rather than bucolic narrow gauge.
The lifting gang starts work.
The end of the line (for now).