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  1. Saturday 21st March 2015
    This was a 30th presant for me and I loved every minute.
    We met Chris at the car park and walked to the engine. We started off cleaning the boiler tubes, and he explained how it all worked. I then light the fire and Chris explain the best way to light it and when and what to put on. We then waited for the steam to rise and we had a chat about the engine.
    We then had a practice run in the yard before lunch which was bacon and eggs from the shovel. He also brought us cheese and biscuits.
    After lunch we both had a drive to Newby Bridge and back.
    In all a really good day and CHris is a very good instructor. Would recommend to anyone.

    Bryan hankinson
  2. had a great day out with chris,a very patient man!its excellent value for money as its a full day of activity and the engine mans breakfast was a highlight!highly recommended and be prepared to get stuck in and get dirty!
    Many thanks,mandy and paul.

    Paul marshall
  3. I spent an unforgettable morning in the company of Chris and the Western Star. It allowed me to experience a few of the things which my father did daily when using engines on the farm, where he worked before the first world war; in his youth.
    The event was a wonderful gift from my husband for my 60th birthday, and was the fulfillment of a long standing dream; ever since I was taken to steam rallies by my father as a very young child.
    My heartfelt thanks to Chris and to his mother, Lynda, who provided the homemade shortbread to go with the lovely strong tea; brewed by Chris.

    Lyn Crowhurst
  4. The most fabulous day. Thank you so much. Chris was an amazing teacher xx

    Jayne
  5. We just spent two days with Chris and Western Star, and I can honestly say it was one of the most memorable experience that we have done. After meeting Chris in the car park we were introduced to Western Star.
    We then learnt how to clean her fire tubes out and then commenced on learners on how to light the fire. When the fire was going we then oiled up all the more moving parts and then spent the rest of the time cleaning her.
    After a breakfast of egg and bacon cooked on the shovel in the fire box, we then learned how to drive and steer her around the farm. This was followed by a road run in the afternoon with both my wife and myself getting turns in driving and steering.
    The following day we again went though the cleaning, lighting the fire and oiling her. We then set of on a 16 mile road run that consisted of driving on little lanes and main roads with lots of climbs and decents. Chris was an excellent teacher alllowing us to take full control of Western star. We could do as much as we liked or as little as we liked. If you like steam and have always wanted to drive one on the roads, I would highly recommend this experience. Being in control of 11 ton steam engine on the road is something that will stay with us for always.
    I can’t thank Chris enough for letting us complete novices drive Western Star

    Merv & Linda Pollington

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