2013 has been a relatively low key, but successful year for 1212.
Following further restoration work in the spring to complete the task, the railcar has undertaken a number of tasks and roles in 2013. This has included driver and crew training on the railcar, private charters, photo charters, and also featuring at diesel galas and the 'Goodbye Thomas' event in June, complete with a face! On her debut weekend at the May diesel gala she carried over 450 passengers and 7 dogs (Though not all at once!)
The start turn was in June however when the steam loco for the day's tender derailed. With none of the mainline diesel drivers available, 1212 was pressed into service for the day. Things were a bit tight at times, but passengers were understanding that 1212 was certainly more colourful and better than no service!
Now we have more than one driver and the railcar has a number of miles under her belt we are hoping to run a number of off-peak services with her in 2014. We will endevour to put details of these up here when confirmed.