Saturday, 27 June 2009

Some work.......some play !

Signal box rose bed in bloom!
Photo: George Aldridge

Today saw us 'enjoying' a morning doing some jobs, trimming grass edges, weeding and tidying up around the platform area, more lathework on the wheel blanks (well done Ray!), track circuiting relays being installed (more on this later!), trackwork tweaking, replenishing fire buckets (it has been hot this week, marvelous), feeding and watering the roses, etc, etc, etc.
Then in the afternoon we had a play!

Lucille and The Shay pose in the station
Photo: Brian M

Alan fired up Lucille and gave some of our members a first experience of driving this lovely little engine, should have seen their faces!!!!!! and, after some fine tuning and a plug change, we got The Shay going, sent him/her out for a gentle first trip around the triangle to get him/her the right way round, then, after putting the cab back on and a bit more tweaking to get the fuel mixture right, we took her round the circuit, twice....excellent! The loco runs well, is easy to drive and is going to be a good performer for the ALR, there is a lot of power there and we look forward to seeing the loco handling some passenger trains, maybe next Sunday, our next Open Day? We will see !

Alan shows Tom the controls
Photo: Brian M

The 'L' train coming nicely along the back straight
Photo: Brian M

The Shay sets off for its first full circuit of the extended ALR with Geoffrey in charge
Photo: Brian M
..and out in the Boondocks, a fine site (the loco not the driver! ???)
Photo; Brian M
...and finally, Boys & their toys ?, George's Mamod with Lucille & Thunderbox!
Photo: George Aldridge