2018 – A Very Wet Start

By Tony Bullock

The 2018 public running season of our railways opened at Easter with all lines operating.

This year the weather was being uncooperative with it cool and cloudy on Easter Sunday and cool and very damp on Monday. After the overnight rain, staff arrived early on the Monday to find a torrent running down the railway from Rooktree Crossing, with the track submerged and water up to the signal box door. Swift remedial action was taken to divert the water coming onto the railway from the field into the drainage ditch, and we were still ready to run trains by 10:30.

Flooded railway

We were very happy to welcome friends old and new who braved the rather unpleasant weather conditions to ride on our trains. The Station Buffet was operating well with a full service of hot and cold drinks and a selection of cakes and snacks – with a range of toys also to see. The ladies were kept busy on both days.

Floded track

Hopefully the weather will soon improve and we will be welcoming many more people over the coming weeks and months. Our full programme is shown under events (opens in a new tab) on this web site.

Once again we will be supporting The Keech Hospice on our charity day on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday when all fares will be donated to Keech. Come and enjoy a train ride and support this worthwhile cause at the same time! All at Summerfield look forward to seeing you at Haynes soon.