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The last action of S.M.P.D. in this year was St. Nicholas run at the our park railway. Mrs Winter showed us her dominion from curtain of the November already. A great deal of snow and temperature deep under the zero point. A global warming stays away meanwhile.
The steam engines stayed in depots regarding a frost weather and only battery engines operated. We cleared away approximately twenty centimeters snow layer by snow plough and by manpower. But a thin film of frostbitten snow on rails implicated to us more problems. Wheels greatly creeped on this "film". The temperature deep under the zero point did not allow us to light burner of the gas bottle so we can clear away frostbitten layer and we must use tried sanding. We took on sand at a children sand pit and we spilled this sand on rails. After a some test runs and thorough switches and level crossing clearing was a track ready to operating after three hours. Practices showed us that a locomotives for commercial operating mus have a sandblast system.


A part of the rolling-stock.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Preparing of the locomotive
AEG No. 9.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

And test run on an icy rails
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

A snow plough.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

A snow plough.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)


The battery engines could not break down opposition of a snow so a manpower turned came.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

"Whoopee, we drowe to the first
level crossing!"
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

We must clear away drifts of snow
by hand.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

The snow plough in a curves
near labyrinth.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

The snow plough in a curves
near labyrinth.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Hand-made shift of waggon.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)



The sanding of rails after a snow removing.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Rear level crossing clearing.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

A passability test.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Station track clearing.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Sanding at level crossing.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

The run in a tandem.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

The red AEG wanted asking
for a long time.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

A passability test.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

A wheels clearing- rutted snow
with sand freezed onto wheel
flanges.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

A working train.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

The last working team
- Jirka and shovel -
are returning into the station.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

"I submissively reporting, fulfilled!
We can start to run."
(photo © Tomas Randysek)


The first small passengers waited to see.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

And next arriver interested persons followed them.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

The operating in early evening has his magic.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Reserve AEG No. 9.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)

Reserve AEG No. 6.
(photo © Tomas Randysek)



The St. Nicholas with devil did not come eventually. Maybe they did not want flounder through snowdrifts or we were naughty all year. Only greatest backers visit us and we thank them very well. Whole chilled we cleared away waggons, loaded locomotives in the evening and we went in our warm homes. We are looking forward to spring, because runs on a warmer weather is better.