Those of you with a military background will probably remember those words blasting over the radio or out of a tannoy, often at 4 in the morning! Just like the military, volunteers of heritage railways need to train and practice for most eventualities. The other weekend it was no different for us, as we underwent safety training (in the open air due to the cracking weather!), and prepared for the extended run down the embankment towards Bridge 6.
Once our drivers, firemen and guards got to grips with the 1 in 47 incline, we thought it might be a good idea to simulate a train failure and throw everyone off (not literally but it was tempting!).
After that, Richboro 'broke down' on the incline whereupon we practiced sending for a relief loco - ex-NCB 615 was the Thunderbird for the occasion.
We'll be undertaking another training day on Saturday June 30th.
The Little Lionhearts is our newly launched club for children of 3 to 15 years of age.
Everyone gets a goody bag, a special birthday and Christmas card, a day at the railway especially for Little Lionhearts and regular updates of what is happening at the railway.
At only £25 per year, it makes the perfect Christmas or Birthday present, or a ‘just because’ present for the young person in your family.
For an application form, pick one up from Lionheart or download here
The Permanent Way team, out in all weathers, jack and pack track on the mainline. Photo: K Holden.
The ex-Hall Dene lever frame starting to receive a lick of paint. Work is ongoing to engineer the interlocking system. Photo: J Wilson.
Northumberland Estates are in the early stages of developing a chalet and caravan park adjacent to the site. To improve access, part of the adjoining wood near the entrance has been removed. Photo: M Hayton.
"Who's going to tell Mark the loco fell off?"
Photo: K Holden.