Friday 1st April wasÂ 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 valleyÂ behind one of our Victorian steam locomotives. COVERTCOAT and DOROTHEA were in regular use over Easter and drew great admiration from visitors.Â Many visitors also sought out VELINHELI before she is off on her travelsÂ 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.Â in the cafÃ©Â and Shirley in the shop have had an interesting week, and great as well to seeÂ the two Bobs and Debbie back in actionÂ 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. ImportantlyÂ LILIAN will now be undergoing an extensive overhaul of her boiler before we reopen for the main summer season. Â Watch this space for updates as they unfold.