Sunday, 6 October 2019

Today's Open Day cancelled

Hi Everyone
Just to let everyone know that we have had to cancel today's Open Day due to the extremely inclement weather...... 

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Monday, 30 September 2019

Happy Alan back on Lucille again!

Hello again
Well just one more Open Day to go, this Sunday October 6th, when we hope to have as many trains as possible running to keep us on our toes, with hopefully a nice sunny afternoon for us all to enjoy! We hope to see you there?
No major work going on at the moment, just the normal tasks that need to be done to keep everything shipshape, gardening continues, track maintenance continues with our hardy Gang of Randy, Ray and Barry out and about with the work train tweaking as necessary, we have been trying to find out why 'Chieftain' runs out of power, with investigations ongoing on  how the batteries are charged, or is it a wiring problem..etc etc, the Boys will sort it out !
We've been having some good impromptu, (is that how you spell it ?).... training sessions now so that members can have a go at different tasks and enjoy all the variety, and fun ! of running our railway.
Finally, regrettably we have had to increase the price of our Rover tickets which will now be £5, with the Singles remaining at £2, still good value we believe.....see you soon


Dual arrival at the station on a busy July Open Day

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Thursday, 5 September 2019

September update

Hello again, we had a very enjoyable September Open Day when we had time to chat to our visitors as it was not too busy (too hot, too cold, coming back from holiday, getting ready to go back to school, too many other attractions an the same day ? Who knows? ) But thank you for coming we were pleased to see you!
We had the usual good selection of locos on duty (Hotspur, Remus, Little Olive, General, Chieftain, The Shay, Nelson), and they all behaved apart from Chieftain which got the sulks and lost power, and the Shay seemed to be struggling until it was discovered that the coach brakes had been left on!!!!! Not a good idea.
Jobs continue with gardening and trimming ongoing, trackwork tweaks are keeping the Boys busy, the S and T Boys are still working at signal and track detection improvements, with the help of some very cheap components from our Chinese friends, how do they make 'em so cheaply?, and plans are  afoot to change signal 1 to colour light mode. There are always plenty of those 'little' jobs that can be done now the pressure is off on the big ones.We will be looking ahead soon, to list what needs to be done during the Winter once our October Open Day is done.
We had a bit of a Fun Day on Saturday 24th finishing off with running in the dark, which is always good fun ! This was to help our Treasurer to celebrate his xxth birthday, and fish and chips were enjoyed at tea time to help things along. an enjoyable day for everyone, with a bit of a carnival atmosphere with flags, music and disco lights and all sorts (but no photos unfortunately!)

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P.S. Algernon is still fishing !

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

August Fun



Algernon fishing
We would like you to introduce a new ALR character, this is Algernon, we call him Algae !!!! (get it?), and he appeared one morning wondering if he could fish in the lake, well, he's been sat there for two or three weeks now, and as far as we know not even a nibble ! We don't want to spoil his fun, but fish in the lake?, there are non Mate......  hey ho.....

We have had a Fun Time this August, with a good Open day on the 4th with kind weather and lots of happy folks enjoying the railway. All went more or less well, despite some problems with the signals and track circuiting caused by the storms, which the S and T Boys are wading through and all seems just about OK now !.All the locos ran well apart from David's 'Remus' which developed a problem with an axle wheel moving on the axle, so the loco had to be withdrawn so David could remedy the problem back home, which we hope he has managed to do. Our usual locos were out and about, 'General' was going well for too long and ran out of power, 'Chieftain', 'Hotspur' and 'The Shay' all ran well.


Dismantling work in progress
Wet days are uncommon at the ALR so when we get one, as we did last Wednesday, all hands got involved in lots of jobs that needed doing but that were not quite essential ! So the workshop was a bit crowded, but the 'crack' was interesting, old CCTV stuff was dismantled to gain bits and pieces that could be utilised elsewhere, The Shay had its cab roof sanded down ready for a gloss coat down in the Laurel Sidings storage shed, there was some stuff going on in the loco shed with Isabel, 'Prospero' was having an extension fitted to the injector overflow pipe so the driver can see whether the injector had 'taken up' or not if water was issuing forth, and there was some work going on to make 'Thunderbox's' throttle smoother in operation, so a good day.





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Then last Saturday, our August 'Fun Day' we had a visit from a Class 66 belonging to Simon and his Dad James, Mum came along too,so it was a family day out and very enjoyable. The '66' was very impressive with lots of fine detail and the loco ran very well all day with some of the ALR Boys having a drive too, thanks Simon!.We use these days to enjoy our railway and it gives us a chance to practise new skills and at one time we had 5 trains out, as yours truly realised, it's all go in the signal box then, but help was at hand with JP and then Keith each helping out. So we got some more training done and had a thoroughly good day !



The Class 66 leaves the station


Just unloaded




A trio of locos resting at lunchtime



'Thunderbox' was out too




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Friday, 2 August 2019

Month Eight already !


Happy Boys at Hemsby !


Hello Folks
We can't believe that it's August already and we are halfway through our Open Days for this year. We are looking forward to our next one, this coming Sunday, August 4th, when. as usual we will be running trains from 2 til 5 pm, so maybe we will see you then ? We expect to have three , if not four steam locos in action, plus our usual selection from General, Chieftain, Thunderbox and The Shay being available. We have booked nice weather!!!!!

The recent thunderstorms created quite a bit of damage to our signalling 'electrics' and the phones but Graham and Ricardo are working very hard to ensure we have a working system in place for Sunday...

A few of us had a ride out to The Parklands Railway at Hemsby yesterday, where there was in 'invitation' afternoon taking place. It was a very pleasant afternoon with several different locos out and about and a very good turnout of visitors, so there was much 'mardling' going on. Well done to all at Parklands for providing a really enjoyable afternoon.

                               Here is a selection of photos taken during the afternoon











All photos:Brian M