Here are a few of the highlights of our Festival of steam held on 29/30 August 2009.
1 “Berkshire” class machine 2-8-4 constructed by Bernard Ritter
in 7¼″ gauge, complete with a blower attached to the chimney to draw the fire prior to steam being available.
2 A Canadian “Mikado” in 7¼″ gauge also by Bernard Ritter
used as a basis to develop the SNCF 141R machines
3 Locomotives awaiting visitors
The two previous machines now under pressure and ready to start hauling passengers
4 Not all on the network were steam
Our Belgian friends from the society PTVF brought a fleet of American diesels
5 The clock tower “Florentine” of Sequedin
on the 1/32 scale network
6 The station on the 45mm gauge model
There's still no passengers at the station.
7 A member of the club at Hazebrouck
exhibiting some of his collection of full size rail memorabilia
8 Indoor Live steam
Gérard Lahaeye and some visitors preparing their 45mm gauge locomotives
9 The “Berkshire” awaits
“Berkshire” machine complete with passengers awaiting the driver
10 Steaming bays around the turntable
Preparation in the steaming bays
11 Luc Meurisse with his series 300 “Green Tram”
in 1/5 scale which ran on the urban network of Charleroi, Belgium
12 Locomotives “Berkshire”, “Decauville” and an American GP
with passengers aboard awaiting the off.
13 A crowded station
The three roads in the station occupied by three Belgian visitors
14 Amandine and her new husband Dimitri
Celebrate their wedding during the festival
15 Amandine and Dimitri in the first class carriage
16 Romance on rails
Driver Bruce Ritter seems to be enjoying the day as well.
17 Amandine and Dimitri commented:
"Thankyou for your welcome and for having given us a wondeful time with so many memories"
18 A visit to the postal carriages
19 At the end of the day...
Bruce Ritter and Robert Delcourt push the “Berkshire” into the shed for the night.
20 The mine locomotive
running around to take another set of visitors to the mining school
21 The “Baldwin” A1A-A1A freshly repainted
22 The Rail/route vehicle is positioned
to help with movements of the “Pacific”
23 Sunday morning
The “Pacific” awaits the road/rail tug to pull it from the workshop.
24 Our visitors await also
25 The lifting sling is prepared
26 But there is something holding the boiler down
Searching for the problem....
Six large bolts sneakily hidden under a welded plate.
28 The boiler is separated from the frames
29 “Pacific” Boiler
Placed on temporary bogies ready to roll into the workshop. Click to see more of the “Pacific”