Saturday dawned to torrential rain which didn’t let up until 2.30 and for the rest of the day a biting wind swept across the Showground putting a dampener on activities. The boys from Plymouth Miniature Steam were undeterred, something of the West country seadog in them, and steamed up as soon as they arrived and ran right through to 7.00pm. A great effort as they had to be back in Plymouth for public running the next day. Tom Yardley’s barbecue saved the day and all went to home or caravan replete and ready for the next day.
Sunday dawned bright and sunny and locos and traction engines arrived thick and fast, and soon the air was filled with the sweet smell of the delectable emissions of the steam engines as pressures rose and the track and roads sprang to life. We had more visitors from Plymouth as well as from Cardiff, Havant, Andover, Poole, Exeter, Bradford on Avon, Burnham-on-Sea, Westonzoyland, Dorchester, Shepton Mallet, Weston-super-Mare, King’s Stag, Weymouth, Bath, Wimborne, and Rugby, what a wide range ESSMEE now covers. We also had two visitors from Cheshire, who drove down specially on the day to see us, having seen our flyer on the Coate Water Park notice board the day before!
Many thanks to the ladies who provided the usual food service, to those who did PIC duty, to the signal box staff for flawless train management, to the Marshalling Yard staff, to our Junior Members Callum and Ed for being so helpful, and all those who made our visitors welcome.