For our Open Days on 9th and 10th May we had not one but two air-powered machines — our own Eimco 12B rocker shovel (which can now propel itself under power) was joined by a visitor in the form of “Issing Sid” (Hunslet 9902 of 2009) from Statfold Barn Railway. Sid is a modern-day replica of a 19th Century compressed-air locomotive designed to work underground without the noxious fumes created by a steam or internal combustion engine.
Saturday 9th was a public open day welcoming local visitors and enthusiasts from farther afield. Sunday 10th was set aside for a visit from the Narrow Gauge Railway Society following their AGM at Perrygrove Railway the previous day. Visiting Clearwell Caves was Gareth’s Clayton battery-electric which joined our resident Hunslet 7446 as well as the long-term restoration projects such as the W227 and large Hudswell-Clarke 0-4-0 diesels.