Our Museum Volunteers were out in force at Families Day yesterday with a bright blue sky and a beaming hot sun. We had two stalls this year – one featured Tony De Swarte’s amazing model of Elstree Station in 1900 (see elsewhere in the blog for more details), and the other included information about the Museum and the current All Change! Exhibition.
Tony’s model drew much interest, with families all around the display. We were also handing out tickets for a free steam train ride in Meadow Park. Built and operated by the St Albans Model Engineering Society it was a real miniature train complete with miniature coal, but real steam. The tickets advertised the Exhibition and a BR hole punch created that “welcome aboard” experience. Needless to say it was a most successful attraction with hundreds of families queueing up for their ride.
Three of us dressed up as British Railways operatives to add to the flavour of the day, and the train’s noises and steam whistle completed the picture.
Dave, Helen (who organised the whole day) and Simon try to look the part!