Saturday, 12 June 2010

ALR Snippets

Our June Open Day went well but June did burst out, bless her, with a good old downpour at about 16.30, just as preparations were underway to run our 'double header', so we called it a day and had an early night ! Thank you to all our visitors for coming to see us on the day.
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We are expecting to have the outstanding signals fitted within a couple of weeks which will be excellent, as it will make life a bit easier for our signalling staff, allowing them, in conjunction with the track circuiting system, to excercise more 'control' over our trains. It will also of course allow our visitors to watch their train's progress past each signal and to see which route their train is to take !
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We are getting used to the new wind turbine that is now, mostly, whirring away producing electricity for our landlords. It is surprising how soon you get used to such a new addition, it is very impressive as you ride round 'underneath it, it's as though it's been there for ages! We're still trying to figure out how to recharge our batteries through it !

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We are also very impressed with the wild flower display going down to the lake through the cutting which is so prolific this year, only the second, isn't nature wonderful !

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Four of our members went on the ALR Annual Weekend Away in mid June, which this year saw them heading North. They called in at the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway on the way up, and then across the Humber Bridge up to the hotel at Whitby. A wonderful meal was enjoyed on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Dining train on the Friday evening, which was more than excellent we gather ! A trip had been arranged to Eden Camp near Malton which proved to be very educational with its varied dioramas. Then a whole day was spent on the NYMR who were having a 'sixties' weekend, with constant 'Heartbeat' music played at every station! Then on the way home a visit had been arranged to the Hull & District SMEE site in West Park. Phew !
Well done to our Social Secretary for all the arrangements and driving !

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Progress on the new loco pit at Laurel Sidings has slowed down due to other 'pressures' but the external loco servicing power points and a new telephone box have been installed, and we hope to get on with the pit's construction soon, but don't hold your breath!

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That's all for now Folks, more soon !

July Charity Event on the ALR

We are pleased to announce that the Rotary Club of Norwich are holding a Charity Day on the ALR on Sunday July 4th, from 2 til 5 pm. As well as the usual train rides behind our varied loco stud, Rotary are organising face painting, teas & cakes, competitions and quizzes during the afternoon. The event is in aid of the Leonard Cheshire Disability East Carleton and Sierra Leone, and should be an afternoon of fun for all the Family.
We hope you will come along and support the event !!!! (We have requisitioned some sunshine from the stores !)

Thanks....