Apprentices – old and new

The reasonable (ish) weather this weekend has seen progress on several fronts down at Apedale. Project Pluto was the centre of attention for the Apedale Apprentices, although it would appear that some apprentices are older than others. Try as I might, I have yet to find a photo of the CME doing anything other than drinking coffee and looking mildly bemused. Still, it now has a set of brakes. In the words of the railway engineering adage “Your right to speed is your ability to stop”. Speed is a relative concept with Rustons, but when the engine goes it, we shall see. The B&W photo, BTW, shows what it will look like in the not-too-distant future. The photo is at the little-remembered Wey Valley Railway – so obscure it doesn’t even have a Wikipedia entry. Meanwhile, some slightly older members carried on with adding the body to the WDLR “D” class wagon – a project which has not troubled the pages of this blog before. It’s looking good now, and should be available for traffic to transport troops to the front lines of Apedale Road.  It’s AGM weekend next time, so after the Democratic process has been observed (with special thanks to our advisor on these matters), we’ll try to have a bit of a ply with some of the more exotic members of the fleet. Get in touch here (unless you’re trying to flog us missiles again – we said no, and we meant it).