After many long and tiring days, especially in the week before the launch, and having experienced a rollercoaster of emotions, Sunday October 14th and the day of the launch came around!
The launch saw three owners of the railbus, past and present, in attendance. Craig Owen, the current owner of the vehicle, Evan Green-Hughes and his wife, the owners of Tweddle Animal Farm, and Mrs Olive Gladden, whose family owned and imported the railbus to the NVR in the 1980's.
In attendance were volunteers who put many hours into the railbus, members of the NVR's management, and members of IRPS as the event coincided with our annual conference, this year at the NVR.
The morning started with an informal reception in the Cafe Extension built by IRPS Enterprise last year, followed by a presentation on the restoration.
The railbus was formally relaunched by Mrs Olive Gladden.
Following this, all guests were taken for a trip down the line in the railbus, with stops at Ferry Meadows, home of The International Night Mail Museum, and Peterborough Nene Valley, complete with a tour of Project 996.
They say a picture says a thousand words, so here is a gallery of photos from the event.
All images in this update, unless otherwise stated are Copyright © 2012 Peter Murray (PM Images)