Wings, Wheels & Whistles 2011
2011 August the 6th and 7th once again saw the marquees go up at the PMES and from the Friday, a steady stream of models and machinery started to fill every last square meter. Saturdays miserable weather kept the huge crowds away, but Sunday the sun came out and the place was soon bursting at the seams. Passenger queues caused the public to wait up to 40 minutes for a ride and we soon had to reroute the track to avoid the steep inclines in order to haul longer trains. It was a mad flurry of steam and smoke as the trains rolled in with blowers blasting to raise steam as quick as possible. The watering points had to be operated with formula 1 precision, otherwise stationmaster Fred Schoon would soon be over to give the drive a talking too.
This once again proved that the public will support a specialized event like this, hopefully we stirred a few interests and will reap the rewards in membership soon. It also proves that if we intend on hosting these large events, that the infrastructure needs some sharpening up. Currently new bogies are being built to replace the worn out old ones, and we will possibly be looking at increasing our rolling stock fleet. We are already planning for next year, see you there!
Here are some pictures from around the park, thanks to Brian Melmoth for capturing the moment!