Well, after months of planning, organising and some panicking, the 50th Anniversary Festival of Steam has come and gone. Like any good event, it’s now time to give out the thank you’s. In no particular order, here goes!
Firstly, all the visiting engine drivers who brought their locomotives along, some from a considerable distance, to help run the railway and to recreate some of the memories from our predecessor, the Greywood Central railway.
The exhibitors from other heritage attractions who gave a taste of what is available to visit in the local area and won many new friends.
All the miniature tractor and traction engine drivers who not only gave free rides to the children but provided such an entertaining spectacle, and to Roger and Lewis for bringing along the full size steam roller and portable engine. I had a go on the saw-bench and am pleased to say I still have all my fingers.
Steve Cheeseman and his team from Loseley Bakery for keeping us all fed and watered. I for one would not have stood behind that barbeque for 5 minutes, let alone 2 days!
Lyne Village Hall Committee for allowing us to use the local recreation ground as a car park and thereby saving the event, and especially to Bruce Wheeler for fixing that and for running things at that end of the proceedings. Also to Alton Scout troop for making sure your parking up to standard.
The bus owners and drivers for running such a great service to and from the railway. They managed to evoke bus transport of the 50’s and 60’s. It certainly took me back to my school days…….
The folk who provided the attractions in the lower field, namely the roundabouts, bouncy castles, face painting, mobile farm, vintage tractors and stationary engines, also to Chris Vine (Peter’s Railway books) and family who interrupted their holiday and drove down from Scotland to be with us.
The ‘O’ and ‘OO’ gauge railway layout operators who very kindly moved trains around on request to delight our younger guests.
Family members and friends who manned the admissions desk, bouncy castle, roundabouts, Drive a Diesel, souvenir stand etc and who helped to design posters, make signs and paint everything in sight!
A special thanks to all the volunteers of the GCR. The railway itself ran like clockwork on both days despite the much higher than normal passenger numbers. We ran something like 170 trains over the weekend.
And finally, to yourselves, for braving the heat and making the whole event such a success. We hope that all of you who came along had an enjoyable time and that we will see you again soon at the railway.
Now, what shall we do next year??
PLEASE NOTE:-The last entry to the car park will be at 3.30pm and the last admission to the railway will be at 4.00pm.