Thursday, 19 April 2018

Sunshine update



Our new time piece !

Well who would have thought it would turn so warm so quick? but this is England and we are not complaining, (not just now anyway!). We have the Loco shed canopy structure in place ready for the roof sheeting to be fitted, 

















the replacement water storage tank is in position and commissioned, and is producing lovely clean water! 

Our new water storage facility at Laurel Sidings shed

The platform water tank is about to have its timber boarding attached, 


Platform water tank in progress
the 'little people' are out ready to wave as you go by, the track is nearly all tweaked, the new unloading area gate is done,


















....the signals are out, and the Ticket Office and the Signal Box are being treated to a coat of green and cream stain, the grass is being cut. ....and yesterday we saw a Buzzard gliding about so they are back, wonderful sight (where do they go in the Winter?????)
We have our first practise day on Saturday so we can check that everything is working.....five work days to go !!!!!!!

TTFN








Sunday, 1 April 2018

Springing into Spring !



Our Friendly Fun Manager and Chairman enjoying their time at the Bawdeswell MRX 
Hi there, well, we are busy, busy, busy with all the jobs we need to do to get it all ready for you when you come on your first visit this year on Sunday 6th May .
So, what are we doing ?, well, the track Boys are busy replacing, ballasting and tweaking the track (yes, still!), and they have installed new walkway boards outside the carriage shed, a new gate has been made where we offload locos and it has been hung on the opposite end so it opens up onto the Clubroom wall, which will make reversing vehicles much easier, and it is to have a 'real' railway lamp attached! How smart will that be ?












The new gate in position just needing finishing touches












 The new timbers for the Back Straight gantry are now in position ready for the S and T Boys to start re-installing signals, 




















The new for 2018, platform water tank is coming on, we have a plan for the hose fittings and how to fix the (removeable) external boarding and lid, so that should be in place soon, which will help in refreshing those thirsty steam locos!.....and we have cleaned the carriage shed roof and gutters, and tidied up the area at the side of the shed ready to construct a lean to for the track timber creosote tank. ....and stuff !!!! 

Our new water storage facility in progress at Laurel Sidings


A new plastic water storage tank has been sourced (cheers Steve !) and should be in place shortly. This is good news as our old steel tank was rusting internally and not helping with the supply of clean water needed for the steam locos. So now that the trees in this area are no longer, our water should be much nicer! (and we will check the PH to see how that is too, blimey that's a bit technical for us lot?) as well as checking the water from the loco boilers to maintain the level of treatment necessary.
Then we are pleased to report that we had two very successful days at Model Railway Exhibitions (Dereham and Bawdswell) recently, where we met some very nice people and gained at least one new member!

Barry doing his 'marketing' chat at Bawdeswell
So, it's all good fun (our Fun Manager sees to that!), well mostly...... and we are looking forward to playing, (sorry) running trains again, see you soon....






Ricardo wins yet another Bawdeswell Raffle prize favouring his 'feminine side !!!!! Don't ask!!!
and you really don't want anymore kits Mate?
All photos: Brian M 

TTFN

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

All steamed up !


Squit mine entrance No 2 in Winter

Hi there, well we had a great day last Saturday when we fetched our steam locos out of storage, linked them back up to their tenders, filled 'em with 'clean'water , prepped them and steamed them up, and all went well, we are delighted to report, especially 'Hotspur', our Romulus, that we fitted with new pistons (with help and guidance from out Friends!) over the Winter. The loco ran a few gentle circuits of Tunnel section and was eager to go, so we were really pleased. 

Warming 'em up on shed


'Hotspur'  sets off gently on its first run under Keith's careful hand.































'Isabel' and 'Prospero' did likewise so there were lots of Happy Chappies! So all is ready for Brian B to come over on Wednesday to give them their necessary checks to enable new certificates to be issued.



JP tinkers with 'Isabel' before taking her round



'Isabel' and 'Prospero' pose for the camera!






























The new timbers for the back straight signal gantry are cut and shaped, and painting is in progress, and our thoughts are turning to providing metal cross members next time, for longevity, and less weight, we think ?
The tree felling is slowing down now as we start to prepare for the new season, but periodic trimming and clearing will continue to keep on top of the growth, through the year. You will notice a difference when you visit this year we think !
Our trackwork is in excellent 'nick' as the Boys have been continuously beavering away all Winter, and their efforts will be rewarded in a smooth ride, we hope.
.....and on the modern technology front, we saw our S and T Boys playing around with a small 'solar' panel ????? wonder what's in their minds now, interesting, watch this space.
On Saturday we are taking our Display stand to the Bawdeswell Model Railway Exhibition, organised by the 32 A Model Railway Club, so that should be a good day, and we look forward to much 'mardling' !!!



'Hotspur' comes through the Layby siding past the Track Gang working on the main
 TTFN

P.S. Only 8 weeks to go to our first Open Day om Sunday May 6th !!!! 



Monday, 19 February 2018

Hello again



Another pine about to bite the dust
Well we are pleased to report that the 'modern technology' is fixed and so normal service, thankfully, is being resumed ! You don't realise just how much you rely on the stuff until it doesn't want to play!!!
So, we are busy working through the jobs that are needed to keep everything 'Trainshape', and we have been really lucky with the weather, not too many frosts and virtually no snow, just wet now and again. Lots of trees have been felled as the clearing and trimming work continues. 


One way to keep warm on a cold Winter's day !
The new Tool Van is nearly done and has been moved into the Running Shed ready to give it a test around the track to see how the bogies perform.


The John s at work on the Tool Van
The Tool Van in the running shed ready for a run....soon?
The signals are all being checked and posts repaired and repainted as necessary. The track gang have not stopped work all winter, replacing rotten sleepers and re-ballasting to ensure the track is in tip top condition. The platform water tank is well underway and we are ready to start cladding the tank sides with timber planks. The carriage shed roof is now ready for a good 'power wash' now that the overhanging trees are gone, then we can see about some more filtering to ensure we have clean, well nearly clean, water for our (and our visitor's tenders!)
At the weekend we are taking our display stand to the East Dereham Model Railway exhibition, where we we look forward to meeting old friends and some new ones should be a good day!  Think that brings us just about up to date.

  
A Winters view
All Photos: Brian M 



TTFN 

Friday, 2 February 2018

PC has the flu !

Hi Everyone
Apologies for not posting any updates on our railway stuff this year ! But yours truly' s computer has the 'flu',  is not co-operating, but hopefully my ' man' can fix it for me soon so we can keep you up to date. Keep smiling, soon be Summer

TTFN