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With the landscaping team still in full action, it was with real pleasure that we welcomed the first trial passenger train into the new platform yesterday afternoon.

Overseen by our external Independent Competent Persons (ICP’s), and after the finishing touches to the facing point lock mechanisms, the technical adjustment of the vacuum braking systems, and completion of safety fencing around the Museum, the Andrew Barclay steam locomotive SIR THOMAS ROYDEN (Works Number 2088) had the honour of hauling the first movement into the platform. The first run was delayed as a red lamp had to be found for the new buffer stop at the end of the passenger running line.

As part of the completion of the rebuilding works we have had to ‘prove’ the standards of the track, locomotives, vehicles and most importantly the volunteer competency to operate. As a result, we organised a full dress rehearsal under the watchful eye of the external assessors to ensure that all would run smoothly at our reopening.

After such hard work on rebuilding the Museum railway, the volunteers were very relieved that the final safety assessment, received late last night was positive and will allow us operate a full service on Sunday.

We now look forward to opening our doors on Sunday to visitors from the local community and perhaps those enthusiasts from further afield looking to find a rather unique heritage experience.