The Lavender Line
Our resident steam engine ‘Austin 1’ passed its annual steam test on Thursday 24th November ready for the Santa season.
An annual steam test is a yearly boiler test which is carried out by a qualified boiler inspector. Very much like an annual MOT on a car this test ensures that the steam locomotive is safe to run considering the heat and pressure that is involved.
‘Austin 1’ has recently returned from the Llangollen railway after a ten year overhaul, with only minor teething problems to clear up she is more than fit for traffic and will be in charge of all steam services over the Christmas period.
Steam dates for Santa specials are as follow:
Sunday 4th December- Steam
Sunday 11th December- Steam
Sunday 18th December- Steam
All other Santa special dates will be diesel hauled and are a follow:
Saturday 10th December- Diesel
Saturday 17th December- Diesel
Tuesday 20th December- Diesel
Wednesday 21st December- Diesel
Thursday 22nd December- Diesel