We’ve had a training day at Apedale – a very necessary part of running a railway is managing the competencies of our members. The rules and regulations which apply to people driving Pendolinos at 125mph apply equally to our little operation. And this is a Good Thing – how would anyone feel about riding on a train driven by someone who had not been properly trained and assessed? So, well done to all the participants yesterday, perhaps especially Jon Sharman, now passed out as a Guard. Chris and John are not far behind in the race to become passenger diesel drivers. None of this is particularly photogenic – but other things happened as well.
Conscious of the Battle of the Somme centenary, the WW1 Simplex was put on display in the station, complete with a suitable wreath. And on a much lighter note, the new passenger coach doesn’t seem to have quite turned out as we expected (but at least it has an upholstered chair). It’s July Steam Weekend next – steam trains both days. As ever, get in touch here.