Another busy weekend down at Apedale, with many pre-season jobs coming towards their conclusion. Which is fortunate, otherwise they wouldn’t be pre-season. Unusually for the time of year, a loco was in steam. This was a charter to mark the 70th birthday of a member’s father – Mr Dick Knight. All concerned seemed to have a good time, so happy birthday, Mr Knight from everybody at Apedale. Meanwhile, the point to form the new Silverdale Station West siding has been completed, and has now been delivered to site courtesy of a flat wagon and Isaac Newton’s gravity thingy. Next job is to to cut into the run round loop at Silverdale station and insert the point. Sounds easy when written quickly. Down by the Red Shed, some of the younger members were occupied cleaning and generally preparing the Tin Turtle – Motor Rail 1369 and the water tank for their forthcoming loan period to the Dutch National Railway Museum at Utrecht . “Spoorweg” is such a nice word, and it is to be hoped that our humble kit is not overwhelmed by the splendour of the new surroundings. Don’t worry, though – they’ll be back at Sunny Apedale later in the year, when we’ll need to work out how there was ever shed space for them in the first place (as the Law of Shed Space Conservation will have kicked in). Not long to go now until the running season starts on Easter Saturday with the Easter Egg Hunt, and we all have the AGM to look forward to inbetween times. Get in touch here.