Today we had our annual Christmas lunch at the track when we sat down to a meal followed by mince pies, christmas cake and mints with coffee. This is put together by Joan with assistance from Carol and a splendid job they make of it. This year we had a record number of 27 members sitting down and we were pleased that three of our members who have been poorly were able to join us. Geoff Hinbest was able to drive himself and, although walking with a stick, looked very well and I am sure will be a regular visitor before too long. Roger Sykes looked a picture of health but has been through the mill with three operations since the summer and Mike Keighley who is recovering from his recent operation, not driving yet but doing very well as long as you don’t make him laugh.
Ground Level Track
With so many people in attendance we had a blitz on the ground level track replacement , cleared the rail and refurbished the track bed from the station round to the bridge. This is an excellent start to the project.
Because of the possibility of the pipes freezing the water has been drained from all pipes except the station where we have a small heater which allows us to keep the water on to the toilet. When leaving the club hut please turn off the water supply by using the stopcock in the manhole and opening the drain. Obviously when visiting it will be necessary to put the water back on.