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Latest update: 18th June 2020

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Tunnel Completion – June Edition – Daresbury Gazette

Welcome to a more relaxed June Edition of the Daresbury Gazette – the pandemic has slowed and we still have to be alert, working activity has stepped up a little at the Daresbury Track – whilst we are still officially closed, maintenance work continues – following social distancing guidelines at all times

Patrick here, hope you are well and keeping safe – we hope you have been keeping busy, as we have reported some members projects in the previous Daresbury Gazette posts for April and May.

Sadly we can announce that Outdoor Shows have had to cancel the Cheshire Steam Fair 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic. We shall keep members informed of any further developments.

Let’s rewind a little back to March 16th – My wife and I were on a Shearings holiday to Devon. Whilst there we took a cruise down the River Dart. On arrival back at Dartmouth we left the ferry as we got to the exit a lady was pasting a poster explaining as from this minute the cruise company was closing down. We then boarded the steam train back to Paignton and on arrival that too closed down. As we boarded the coach for our return the Hotel closed down. On arrival back in Warrington ‘you guessed it’ Shearings closed down! We thought we must have the kiss of death about us. But even worse was to happen our beloved track closed down. What a start to the year – even our Model engineering exhibition was cancelled!

The lockdown period has had it’s effect on our track with trespassing and vandalism up at the track almost on a daily basis. Because of the lax security around Richards property it was felt we must now start locking the middle gates to stop people who in the past who had access to the property from driving over to our track to use it for social purposes. A new lock has been purchased and we now have our own code on the gates.

Throughout the lockdown maintenance ie grass cutting and tree lopping has continued by a small number of members ad hearing to the lockdown rules laid down by the committee.

A partial reopening of the track saw a flurry of engines for boiler testing the testing being carried out by Andrew Marsh. The testing has proved that an engine must be fully maintained if it has been laid up for a length of time, clack valves and injectors the main culprits but in one case the safety valve refused to open causing the failure of one of our celebrity engines. No names to mention here! The track at Daresbury still remains officially closed.

Our chairman arranged the purchase of 15 tons of good quality topsoil to be delivered to the tunnel site for the landscaping of the tunnel sides – Paul Caldwell has offered a couple of loads of cinders as infill.

After work completed on Wednesday 17th June, we can now confirm the Tunnel Completion, and we would like to thank all members who have helped and supported the project from start to finish. Over the next 12 months (with a little help of some grass seeds) the tunnel landscaping shall blend itself with the rest of the woodland, ready for the next 2021 Steam Fair.

You can check out all the photos in the latest Gallery update

Talks with our landlord about drainage around the car parking area have resulted in Craig’s idea of a french drainage system will be adopted this work will commence once we have finished the tunnel as we don’t want to have two major jobs on the go at the same time.

One last thing as we have experienced trespassing and damage to our property we are now fitting camera surveillance to the site actuated by motion sensors in an attempt to catch the culprits..

No doubt we will be receiving further updates from the committee regarding security arrangements, official track reopening and subscriptions etc and when and where we will all met up again, so until then: Stay Alert, Control The Virus, Save Lives.

Patrick

 


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