Behind where the station buffet
is now situated were more cow stalls, which were also cleared out to become
the engine shed. The wall at the entrance of this shed was missing, so
after some initial temporary weatherproof sheeting, this provided an early
opportunity to try out ideas for the new brickwork. It had already been
decided that the long term aim would be to cover up all the existing brick
elevations with a new skin more appropriate to the spirit of the Victorian
era which is normally associated with steam heritage.
At the same time, work was also in progress laying the
71/4" inch gauge track, with
aluminium rails and wooden sleepers. The main ride is one mile long, but
the total track length including sidings, etc. is about one and half miles.
Approximately 8000 sleepers, 500 tons of ballast and 100 tons of roadstone
have been used in the construction of the track.