Wednesday, 5 January 2011

REVIEW OF 2010



Another year gone and what a busy one it was - changes took place around the site including re-building one end of Aquila, getting a new toilet block and demolishing the old one, new fencing around the site, new steps at Nunnery signal box, improving the level crossing - all of which were helped by the Railway being awarded Liferaft Trust funding. The footbridge is also due to have steps replaced soon.

Two of the main highlights of 2010 were obtaining VAQAS Accreditation - this is the Visit Britain Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme which means we can display the red rose.

We were then voted Best Small Visitor Attraction in Essex.

October saw the 25th Victorian Schools Special, this event remains as popular as ever with schools already booked for the 2011 event.

The Santa Specials ran well until the 19th December - so much snow and unsafe conditions meant we had to cancel the days trains. An extra day on the 23rd helped accommodate passengers booked for the 19th.

On a sadder note to end the year, we have said 'Goodbye' to our General Manager Brian Smith, who is emigrating to Canada with his Wife Jenn in April. Our Best Wishes to them for a more relaxed way of life!








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