This was it then, the first day of passenger services into Broadway, and out again. Today was the first of two days of passenger services, with 8 trains reserved for volunteers and shareholders. The actual launch date for fare paying passengers is March 30th, but for us volunteers, this was it. Broadway with a train load of passengers milling around it. At last!
After the train had left again, silence descended on to the station. The railway's stationmasters were coming up bit by bit to get to know the new station, acquaint themselves with the alarms and keys, and find out how everything was going to work.
Here is a bunch of them by one of our replica lamp posts.
What would you call so many stationmasters all in a group? A gaggle? A covey? A flock? A murder? How about a 'whistle' of stationmasters?
Even the PWay department was on a job, levelling ballast at Broadway north.
Inbitially there were 4 of them, although by the time the camera caught up with them, there was only one left. Here Robert is cleaning out the web of the rail. It looks so much better, and is a reprieve from the shovelling they did 15 mins earlier. A nice, relaxing job in the sun.
If you'd like to see a video of one of the departures, here is the link:
Here is a video of the class 37 hauled train leaving the station with the last train of the day.
This is how we found the kit to make it look so real:
- Ticket hatches inspired by Yardley Wood
- TICKETS found in a member's estate in Willersey
- IN donated by a friendly supporter, OUT copied from it by the nameplate foundry
- Two original posts found on site, battered but useable. Shotblasted and powder coated by a local firm, which also arranged for the new disks underneath.
- Two more posts cast by a friendly foundry in Banbury.
- Carved, wooden tops by our very own C&W department.
- Floor and wainscoting inspired by Kidderrminster station.
What else could be build for the railway in this style?