20 Jun The Garmendale open day – June 18th 2016 with Crich Tramway Village
Saturday 18th June saw a lovely sunny morning for our open day and far more visitors than we expected. It was a hugely successful and there were a great group of very happy customers. Some had travelled from Preston, others from Halifax and a few who were far more local but no less enthusiastic. The bacon cobs went down very well indeed and huge amounts of tea and coffee were consumed.
On display, we had the team from Crich Tramway Village with the LCC1 Bluebird tramcar who were happy to answer any questions (and did). By popular demand, we did a live demo of hot riveting, which only served to show what hard work it is (it’s a four person job) and how brutally loud it is. But the effect is exceptional and being able to see that close up was a rare treat.
Our own John Fowler BB1 Ploughing Engine, was all polished and ready for the visitors to arrive and once it got up to temperature did some nippy laps around the estate. This almost had the opposite impression as for something so big and heavy, it ran very quietly. The face on one driver who cam around the corner to see a huge steam engine on the other side of the road was a total picture.
There were even some smaller vintage vehicles with a lovely Morris Commercial Truck on display (and later driving too) and a guest who arrived in a 1930 Alvis 12/50, which proved very popular too.
There’s loads of pictures online, with our friend Gary Hodgkinson sharing his on Facebook and a selection of ours below. You can also see some of the videos we took on the day here too. This one shows the hot riveting. These show the John Fowler Ploughing Engine getting ready.