Our Roving Reporter was well wrapped up against the chill December day to witness the farewell members steam up. One thing was for sure, we could not have asked for better weather. From dawn ’til dusk it was brilliant, bright Sunshine set against a beautiful cloudless blue sky with not a breath of wind to disperse the steam. The light dusting of snow finished off the overall effect.
There was a good turn out of members, cars being parked all the way up the track and no one got stuck in the field! Roddy’s arrival resolved the initial challenge of an apparent lack of water when he asked the simple question ‘Has anyone turned on the master stop valve?’ Obviously not.
With Findlay’s Cabin providing warmth from the roaring log fire plus gallons of fresh tea and coffee to wash down the cakes, mince pies and soup it was the ideal place for members to sit and yarn about the old days and speculate about the future. Thanks go to Judith who kept the kettle filled and boiling hot.
As the Sun started to slip behind the trees at about 13:30 and the cold began to bite locomotives, were taken back ‘on shed’ for the fires to be drawn leaving the last train to head out of the station up the long straight and over Blythe Bridge.