There is so much going on now that the railway is fully operational for six days a week, it is hard to keep up ! All three engines LILIAN , DOROTHEA and COVERTCOAT have been in regular use (LILIAN more so in the recent heatwave!) and four carriages have been needed on occasions to deal with the passenger numbers. The car park has been very full on most days, and interesting to see both Dutch, French and German number plates alongside the UK ones. The very upbeat remarks and the enthusiastic videos posted on the social media sites are testimony to the pleasure and enjoyment the railway creates to all ages – see here for just one example from recent visitor Chris Woolston. The positive comments about three ‘things to do up at the Top End’ keep coming through; the walks from the NEWMILLS terminus – some as far as the ELIOT ARMS pub at Tregadilett, or to The Hidden Valley, and of course the New Mills Farm Park, to say nothing about the opportunity to ride on more than one round trip being included in the train ticket price.
Great activity as well as work progresses on the new museum building, and whilst this work has to be ‘entwined’ with all the other higher priorities to ensure the smooth running of the railway,it is taking shape and soon many ‘rare automotive beasts’ of both the two and four wheel variety will be displayed.
The section of track that was relaid (rails,sleepers, fishplates and ballast) over the last winter has according to the Drivers, settled down extremely well.
Shirley has been very busy in the shop, especially with the high demand for ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ merchandise and our own LSR memorabilia. Louise’s Cream Teas in the café are proving ever popular too.
Another departure worth a mention is the visit of the Launceston Amateur Dramatic Society – see the ‘dramatic’ scenes ( pun intended) as they rehearsed in costume for the next production ‘The Titfield Thunderbolt’ that will be performed in late August at Launceston Town Hall. Great fun, great commitment , and very professional acting.The town is lucky to have such an enthusiastic society.
Finally,if the weather continues to be as variable for the rest of the summer as it has up to now, then LSR can expect to be very busy on all six of the daily round trips. And that is a real plus point for the whole community.