Thursday, 13 December 2018

Seasons Greetings !




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



from all the 
ALR Boys and Girls






                                                


TTFN... see you next year ?

Monday, 19 November 2018

November jottings

Hello again
We had a good, productive AGM on 10th, agreeing, amongst other things, our Open Day dates for next year which are shown opposite, we hope to see you at at least one of them !
The steam locos are all drained and moved into the top running shed, and covered in duvets to keep them warm and cosy during the winter. There are a few jobs to do on them and they are easily accessible as and when we want them. 


The steam locos snuggled down in the Running Shed

The signals are all in and being checked, timbers refurbished or replaced, repainted and electronics checked, then stored down in the carriage shed at Laurel sidings on new brackets that should, save them from being damaged. The Gnomes and Fairies are all inside now too, but separated, you know what they are like !
Work continues on the new sidings down at the loco shed for an additional steaming road outside the shed and two new storage sidings under a new lean to, to be constructed. A shelter is being provided for the creosote tank and coal bags so they are under cover.


Randy and Barry work on the new tracks while Ray supervises !
Plans for replacing the existing Lake section timber sleepers with plastic ones have been approved and so work will start on this section during the Winter.
The two work train wagons are to be repainted by our Juniors during the Winter as they are beginning to look a bit tatty now after 14/15 years service so they are doing well. They will then colour match the newer work vehicles to make our work train even smarter when it is out with 'Atlas', which is proving to be an excellent and popular addition to the ALR fleet.
We are also pleased to be able to tell you that we have started work on the refurbishment of that old favourite, 'Thunderbox' that has been out of action for a couple of seasons now. It looks like a new engine will be installed as the old twin Honda is showing its age and with parts difficult to obtain, we feel a new (second hand) power unit is what the loco needs. As the loco will be 30 years old in 2019 we would so much like to be able to celebrate that by seeing the loco in service again, so.....watch this space!   

Pierre carefully getting the body clear of the bogie
The bogie out !








The coaches will be serviced in the Spring so they are ready for the new season, as they are all in pretty good order.
The Shay is having a couple of jobs done with a new, more easily reached and more positive throttle control, and we are looking at improving the sound quality of the whistle via a better loudspeaker so yours truly can drive everybody even madder !!!!!!
Johnny Working on The Shay
Last Saturday three of us took the ALR display stand to the '32 A' s Model Railway Exhibition at a new venue, in the Wensum Valley Golf and Country Club in Taverham on the Norwich outskirts, very nice place ! We had an interesting day talking to friends, old and new which hopefully will see some new visitors on Open Days! 
So until next time.....TTFN

Monday, 15 October 2018

Brilliant October Open Day !


The smart new bunting

So our last Open day for this year was very sucessful, lots of happy visitors, lots of happy ALR members and helpers, and lots of happy locos !!! Well done to everybody who helped in some way or other, all went to plan, we had no mishaps at all, marvellous, it was a lovely afternoon. 


Getting ready
















So thank you to everyone who has been to see us this year, we have enjoyed having you with us and we hope to see you next year. Special thanks must also go to Chris, Paul, David and Tony for coming along to help with their lovely engines and a big thank you also, to David's good lady, who very kindly supplied the very smart 'ALR' bunting you will have seen about the site. We also feel that we should mention the excellent help that all of our good ladies give us both on Open Days and throughout the year, we couldn't have the great railway that we have without their contribution, so a big 'Thank You Ladies', we do appreciate your efforts!!

Busy Station

There was a good variety of locos and stock working too, with 'Chieftain,' 'The Shay', 'Hotspur' (well driven on your first Open Day Pierre!), 'Isabel', 'Prospero', 'Remus' and 'Holkham' all working well.

Holkham arrives at the platform
Remus coming through the station
Things have gone a little quiet now after all that excitement, but we have a Fun Day planned for the 20th so we will have another 'play' before starting to take stuff in and getting on with maintenance, and the gardening of course. over the Winter period.
So, not a lot to report this time but we will keep you updated with our progress over the coming months, bye for now

The A L R Gang



Pierre with Hotspur on the Back Straight ....again! 


Ray with Chieftain leaving the station


Keith with Isabel passing the signal box


TTFN

Saturday, 6 October 2018

October update

Hello
Well, it's our final Open Day of the year on Sunday 7th October, so we are hoping for a good, sunny day we can enjoy showing off our railway to our visitors. We have had a good year on the operating front with everything running , mostly, as planned, but as always, there are always one or two 'whoospies' that are sent to test us! We are still a bit mystified as to why 'Hotspur' suddenly doesn't want to play, after a couple of hours running, and we will see how the loco performs on Sunday! We will have our visiting Friends again to help out with a couple of their locos, and most of our locos will be available, so there should be plenty of variety. The weather forecast looks good, so fingers crossed?
Work has started on creating the trackbed for our new sidings down at the loco shed so we can get the new three way point installed after our last 2018 Open Day. Then we can carry on with the grading of the trackbed going into the extended lean to, as time and resources (and weather!) permit.

The new three way point laid in its proposed position.

Keith, Pierre and John hard at work digging out the new track bed

The S and T boys are working through the signalling and track circuiting to keep all working and will be carrying out some upgrading and servicing of circuits and wiring over the winter. Some of the installations have been in place for 13, 14 years now, so they have performed well. We will have to start thinking about Winter maintenance too now and come up with lists of things to do (just like being at home !!!)
The steam loco driving sessions are coming along nicely, and on a recent 'Fun Day', several of us had a drive on 'Atlas' and were pleased with its willingness to 'go', lovely little loco.

Graham wrestles with the controls on 'Atlas', while Pierre gets some more steam driving practise
Photos: Brian M
Gardening continues with grass being cut still and bushes and trees trimmed as necessary. more tree felling due over the coming months to trim out further areas.
Think that' s about all for now, maybe we'll see you on Sunday ?

TTFN


Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Atlas



Atlas is a Maxitrak ‘Planet 2’ 0-4-0, 700-watt battery electric loco, purchased by ALRC member, Randy Gourdie, and delivered to the ALR on 4 July 2018. The loco is based on the 2ft gauge light industrial locomotives manufactured by F.C. Hibbard and Co at their Park Royal works in London. These engines were common in industrial service, both narrow and standard gauge, and were found at many naval dockyards.
The model features an all steel bonnet and full cab and incorporates the distinctive Planet radiator and makers plates.  The loco is also fitted with spring suspension, full electronic control and a wealth of detail.
The loco was mainly introduced to haul the ‘maintenance of way/work’ trains on the ALR and is a powerful little loco that is proving to be a popular addition to the ALR fleet.