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

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 


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


Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year !!!!

We would like to wish everyone, wherever you are on this amazing planet , a very Happy, a very Prosperous, a very     Healthy and a very Peaceful 2018, with lots of great trains! 

Best wishes from all the ALR Boys and Girls 

Sunday, 24 December 2017

It is Christmas !!!!


We would like to wish everyone, wherever you are, a very Happy Christmas and all our best wishes for a Peaceful, Healthy and  Prosperous 2018, with lots of trains !!!!

From all the ALR Gang