The Baxter Test Train Sunday 3rd May 2015
|The crew look happy before the first run to East Grinstead! Photo: C. Emsley|
|The 6pm Departure from Sheffield Park Photo: C. Emsley|
While the train was having a good trip to East Grinstead and back, the passengers for the 8:15 train started to arrive and enjoy a splendid Chilli prepared by the Bluebell's own "celebrity" Chef, and jolly fine it was too! We sold plenty of tickets for the raffle and raised over £75 by doing so, as they say every penny counts when restoration is taking place!
The train arrived back at Sheffield Park a full 10 minutes early due to less time for the run round at East Grinstead and less time spent at Kingscote and Horsted Keynes on the way back (plus it is down hill most of the way!)
The second trip to East Grinstead also went well, leaving Sheffield Park a few minutes late we travelled to Horsted Keynes where we arrived on Platform 3 where a short break was required to get the boiler back to full pressure for the slog up to Kingscote.
|Baxter at Horsted Keynes on the second trip Photo: C.Emsley|
|Baxter Taking Water at East Grinstead Photo: C. Emsley|
|Waiting for the Right Away at East Grinstead Photo: C. Emsley|
Now for the Restoration News!
It appears that there are only three more fitted bolts to be removed before it is possible to remove the cylinders from the frames. It is likely that the removal of the cylinders will take place this comming weekend, as long as there are not too many hold ups on Saturday.
Once the cylinders are out, it will be possible to split the block to see if there is any chance of saving it, or if we really do need to have a new set cast from scratch.
We will be having a small sales stand at Sheffield Park on Sunday 10th May (Southern at War Weekend) either outside the signal box (where I am Signalman) or adjacent to the ROD27 tank on Platform 1 (if we have enough volunteers to man it).
We will also be having the usual stand at the BRPS AGM on Saturday 16th May, where we will also be running the usual Champagne raffle with the kind permission of the BRPS Chairman and Committee.
Keep reading this page for up to date information on the restoration and fund raising activities.