Following a succesful Locals’ Week and then half term week at the end of May, we have settled into our usual June pattern of opening 3 days a week – the days off coupled with the glorious weather we have had recently in Cornwall allow us to complete some of the outdoor maintenance jobs which were not completed in the very wet winter, ensuring we are ready for the peak Summer season from this Sunday.
Although we can’t undertake major maintenance on the track when we are running, our ‘permanent way gang’ can often be seen out and about checking the track, and carrying out minor work such as fishplate greasing. One of the recent tasks, as seen in the photograph below, was to change sleepers on one of the points in the yard.
Dorothea has now been lined out by our resident lining guru Jonathan Mann. Her elegant lining is a little different to that applied to locomotives in the other slate quarries of North Wales, however extensive research by late railway enthusiast Colin Pealling concluded this was the livery worn by Dorothea when she was operated at Dorothea Quarry.
On Sunday 15th June we held a succesful ‘Railway Day’ as part of the town’s Charles Causley Festival; several authors came to visit to give talks and sign copies of their books. The following Sunday (22nd) visitors were treated to the sight of three locomotives in steam: Lilian, Velinheli and Dorothea. The three were in steam in order for an update to be filmed for the very popular DVD which we sell in our shop. Our under construction diesel railcar was also out during the day for a test run for the DVD.