Showing posts from March, 2011


We are now two weekends into the operating season. Joem is an added attraction and has been working on driver experience and steam days. Pullman Carriage Gresley is undergoing a repaint and is looking good. Meanwhile, the model railway has had the final section put in place, just needs a bit of tweaking to ensure the correct alignment. Saturday 2nd April we have driver experiences with Joem and a diesel unit running, whilst on the 3rd (Mothering Sunday) Joem will again be working.

J72 69023 JOEM

J72 Joem arrived on Tuesday 15th March for a 6-week visit. It is hoped that she will be operating on our first steam day of the season on Sunday 20th March.


We are very pleased to announce that we recevied two more awards from HIT Entertainment for our Thomas events during 2010. One was for the Best Day Out With Thomas Website, the other for the Best Imagination Station. Our thanks go to the Rainbow Childrens Centres for providing such an excellent facility.


Peter and Tim have also been working hard on the Garden Railway over the last few weeks, the main job being replacing the whole outer track with new G guage track. This means there are now 6 different guages to be found at the CVR - N, G, O, OO, 7 1/4" and standard. Quite a variation. Other routine work has been carried out - bridges painted, fences repaired, push buttons to operate the lighthouse, fire engine and the Garden Railways own Waterside Railway have been re-installed. The new platform has been finished with a wooden fence and now means that visitors will look down onto the Garden Railway so hopefully they will see even more.

Model Railway

The 'OO' gauge model railway layout is now forming a complete circuit. Now its the job of connecting controllers and all the necessary items needed to make this a fully working layout once again. It is intended to install some items for visitors to operate via push-buttons.