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Wednesday 19th

Volunteers back in the Museum, after the lock-down, to assess the situation.

The Museum needed a general tidy up, with some of the engines having suffered during the shutdown, and required a bit of TLC before they were fit for display and steaming. This has been done.

Just before the second lock-down the Robey engine, driving the Thom pump, required  some maintenance. The Pickering governor was dismantled and overhauled and the engine itself has been given a new coat of paint and is looking quite nice. The drip feed oilers and the displacement lubricator have yet to be examined and refitted.

We had a trial run of the engines on Wednesday 26 May with no major problems.

With the exception of the Burton engine (steam leak), and the Robey/Thom Pump engine, all other engines are now capable of being steamed on Monday 31st May, which is Spring Bank Holiday.

It will be great to see and welcome visitors once more!!!

Monday 31st

Open once more to the public. There was a steady flow of visitors for most of the day. The good weather brought out lost's of people to the garden centre.

After spending time in there, we usually get some of them wandering down to the museum to relax to the mesmerising motion and sound of the steam engines.

It was pleasing to see family groups with young children, who are always fascinated with the machinery. Quite a number like pulling the chord to set off the steam whistles. Hopefully, this will spark some interest, in steam engines, in later life - maybe future volunteers.

A big thank you for visiting. It’s makes our hard work worthwhile to see you enjoying our engines and pumps. Again your generous donations were most welcome, all of which goes to the running of the Museum.

Clive Lusby