I am sure the FfWHR will be having a debrief on the event and from what I have seen your comments are one of the few negative ones around.”[/QUOTE] Operational issues with elderly equipment are perhaps inevitable and one must give credit to the FR for attempting to run such events. One might, however, hope that lessons will be learnt about simple things: I've overheard many complaints about the limited capacity of the Goose relative to using coaches with the visiting locos, the lack of shuttles on some days and their infrequent nature, the relatively shambolic activity in Minffordd yard with no clarity of what might be happening when and a lack of trade stands, public address or other attractions, visiting loco crews overheard grumbling about poor co-ordination of what to do or when, running the concluding cavalcade through the platform road when running it through a carriage siding or into the WHR loop would have provided better photo opportunities for the assembled public. Logically a number of difficulties causing delay could have been easily foreseen. E.g. Taliesin's inability to pull 33 slate wagons from the yard without assistance with time then lost organising assistance before the move was postponed, the cavalcade on Monday being excessively drawn out due to poor planning of times both of the preceding inbound train and the time needed for some quirks to cross the cob. The commentators are to be congratulated on managing to pad out the extended gaps but left us in little doubt that better planning was needed. Most overheard comments have been about how much better FR events were in the past - maybe this is just the rose tinted spectacles of old men or that galas generally have become bigger and better elsewhere or maybe it is just a "quirk and curiosity" of the narrow gauge that things are relaxed and ad hoc .