You should never start with an apology, so I’m not apologising for the late production of this weeks entry. We’ve all been rushed off our feet with organising the Open Day, so I may as well update on this Grand Event. It’s all beginning to come together nicely now. We have a good selection of model layouts and trade stands booked, and hopefully there will be something to interest most tastes. We’ll have live steam on three gauges – 2’0″, a 7 1/4″ miniature and 16mm model live steam. We’re hoping for a smattering of vintage road vehicles. There are at least two visiting railway engines confirmed so far – the MRT’s steam “Stanhope” from its usual West Lancs base, and a Lister diesel from a private railway in Gloucestershire. We’re hoping for a couple more, but nothing definite yet. Above all, we hope the main attraction will be a chance for our adoring public (or perhaps just public) to come along and see what we’re about. So clear your diaries, and head for Newcastle under Lyme on 13 or 14 September. You can always contact us here. How can you resist? Amongst the other delights on display will be one of our newer celebrity arrivals – the WW1 Hunslet 4 6 0 (no.1215) owned by the War Office Loco Society – which is this week’s picture.