Preparations are in full swing for the Diesel Delights event on October 6 and 7. Various locos have been extracted from their hiding places around the site, and are now being fettled. Ruston 223667 was an old favourite when the School railway was in operation, but has since fallen on rather hard times. It has a persistent problem with air entering the fuel system, causing the engine to shut down – intense fiddling may or may not resolve the issue before the event. Ruston 191658 will probably not run at the event, but the owner is hoping that at least the engine will have parted company with the loco by then; the two seem inextricably connected at the moment.
In between times, we even remembered to run some steam trains, using the Joffre on one of its very few outings this year.