STAFF and volunteers at Kerr’s Miniature Railway have been busy over the winter getting ready for the 2011 season.
One of the many things that was done was to give the big Pacific engine ‘King George VI’ (Bertha) a mini-overhaul. She has been repainted and lined in Great Western Railway colours.
Kerr’s got lots of help from Tyseley works in Birmingham and are currently having the loco lined by a local air brusher, Bob Falconer. She has been fitted with many new parts to make her more reliable and her boiler has been given a big clean out.
She should be in use frequently this season as steam engines do not like to sit around doing nothing.
KMR has also fitted all the passenger coaches with new couplings which should make the ride a bit smoother .
Over the past couple of months the volunteers have also replaced many sleepers and have renewed points to make sure that things will run smoothly.
The railway launched its new website in January with help from Peter Bryant. It can be visited at www.kerrsminiaturerailway.co.uk and has already proved a huge success.
KMR also has a Facebook site which can be accessed from the website. It provides up to date information of what is happening at the railway and also shows recent pictures taken by either passengers or volunteers if you click the ‘like’ button.
In conjunction with the website, there is also a new e-mail address. KMR can be contacted at email@example.com and you should receive a reply within two days.
Sadly even the railway is being affected by fuel prices as adult charges are being raised to £1.50. However the child price will stay at £1 with children under two years travelling free.
John Kerr went on: “We have also designed a bespoke flag for the railway, and if you see this flag, or any other flags flying at any time during the year then it means we are open!
“We also have new tickets which will add an original touch to the railway as they look like they are from the early days. Last but not least, we have two new volunteers coming to help out; hopefully this will mean more steam engines for you, the customer.”
The railway officially opens tomorrow (Saturday) for the start of the school holidays. Full timetable and opening times are available on the new website.