Here is what must be my picture of the year so far……. Mike Lawtons’ non-stop grin while he was driving the Ruston !
On Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April a team of volunteers moved most of the Societies’ remaining rolling stock and workshop equipment from the Burton Road site to temporary storage at Peak Rails’ Rowsley station site.
Friday 10th April
Graham and Jonathan met at the Sheffield workshop to finalise the disposal of scrap, prepare rolling stock for loading, and welcome the HIAB lorry for loading.
The Ruston being loaded (pics by Graham).
Saturday 11th April
Andrew, David, Dave, and Graham remained at Rowsley throughout Saturday receiving van loads and then the HIAB lorry load of rolling stock and workshop equipment.
The day was rounded off in lovely spring sunshine and the moment we had all been working for, the first time that the ALRS had run a Society engine on track ! The highlight of the day must have been seeing the non-stop grin on our latest volunteer’s face as Mike drove the Ruston for the first time. Then everyone else took it in turns to be at the controls, and shunt various pieces of rolling stock around the Rowsley track.
Sunday 12th April
Graham, Jonathan, Andrew, Paul (with fork lift and motorized wheelbarrer, bless ‘im !) and Dave all met to square away all the previous deliveries.
And…….pretty much all future news updates will feature our efforts at Rowsley to establish a working heritage railway.