How time flies - not a peep on Deesdale Road for nearly two years. Swad Lane (now sold) and family priorities led to that so why a post now?
The next village has an Annual Gala and they have difficulty getting people into the village hall - no problem with lots of outside things going on in the field - and I was contacted by the organisers after a friend gave the my information about model railways.
They contacted me and chatting to them I thought it would be good to show locals aspects of a local MRG and agreed that Gresley and Wychnor MRG members would provide three items.
A fantastic 3 1/2" County of Stafford (working steam locomotive) hand built over a large number of years, Bob started it as an apprentice with hand tools finished in 2017, and is now retired!
An 009 Badgers Halt 4' x2' and my 21 ft Deesdale Road that had been stored ...
Deesdale Road retrieved from 'dusty storage' for checking, track cleaned and tested - every section ran. Some bits of cleaning took place and off to the Overseal Gala 13th July 2019 - today. One small electrical problem on the fiddle yard while setting up but put right and sound running with no problems all day.
The icing on the cake - the organisers came in and told us that we were the star, visitors had been heard asking their friends if they had seen the railway and we had a steam of visitors throughout and 48 flyers (only 50 taken as we did not know what to expect from a non model railway event), two further requests and a positive face to face agreement to be part of the Swadlincote Festival of Transport in 2020. We had previously noticed large numbers of cars parked on the grass in front of the clubhouse, investigated why they were there and Committee had decided to investigate - we now know the answer to our question and are also aware that there is a movement to get the Ivanhoe line reopened for passenger transport to Leicester and have been asked to provide a working model in the local Sharps Museum.
The day was not only a good running day and fun but surprisingly positive and has also let more people know that we are around and local.
Edit there are a couple of photographs around but not to hand.