May 2012 News

The Jubilee Line Fun Day, held on the 21st April to raise funds for Launceston’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, was a great success with over £2,500 being raised. Hundreds of local residents to take a train ride to Newmills Farm Park where there was a wide variety of entertainment on offer. Trains were so full we had to run a few more trains to cope with the demand – originally we had planned to run four trains, but ended up running seven!

The alternator for our new diesel railcar has been delivered and fitted into place. It will shortly be wired to the power bogie, and control gear added at each end of the railcar.

The new air compressor for Dorothea has been tested succesfully and will be fitted shortly. Although a compressor could be fitted next to Dorothea’s smokebox, as has been done with Lilian, it was felt that this would spoil Dorothea’s original experience, and so the compressor is being mounted under her footplate – as has already been succesfully acheived on Velinheli. Work has also continued recently on finishing Dorothea’s cab roof, which was only temporarily attached for her appearances at Easter.

Visitors to the railway may have noticed we have a sharply curving section of track outside our café, which connects our main running shed to the museum and workshop. Over the years this section of track has gradually subsided, until there was a very pronounced adverse camber. To correct this the tarmac surrounding the track has been removed, the track jacked up to remove the adverse camber and then concrete inserted into the voids under the sleepers.

Builders digging foundations for some new apartments being built at the end of our lane have recently discovered a few remains of the medieval St Catherine’s Chapel. Fortunately they were happy to donate the few pieces of cut stone that were found to us, and we hope that they will be able to be publically displayed in the near future.