Easter 2016 at the LSR

Friday 1st April was the last day of running for the Easter week, and there will now not be any more trains rolling up the Kensey Valley until the main season starts towards the end of May. Despite Easter being over before the end of March, and a deluge of rain on Easter Saturday after such a promising start the day before, many old friends and new visitors came to enjoy a ride up the valley behind one of our Victorian steam locomotives. COVERTCOAT and DOROTHEA were in regular use over Easter and drew great admiration from visitors. Many visitors also sought out VELINHELI before she is off on her travels around the country this summer.

The start of the season is always a little like returning to school after the summer holiday, as members of the ‘railway family’ return after a winter away. Both Louise and co. in the café and Shirley in the shop have had an interesting week, and great as well to see the two Bobs and Debbie back in action with green flag, whistle and ticket clippers!

During the next seven weeks the tempo of activity will not diminish. More work will be done both on the line and within the new museum complex. Importantly LILIAN will now be undergoing an extensive overhaul of her boiler before we reopen for the main summer season.  Watch this space for updates as they unfold.

Our two Easter engines, Dorothea & Covertcoat, bask in the sunshine

Our two Easter engines, Dorothea & Covertcoat, bask in the sunshine

Dorothea waits at the end of one of the rare sunny days we had at Easter

Dorothea waits at the end of one of the rare sunny days we had at Easter