Thursday, 14 April 2011

April Update on the ALR


Hello again, how time flies, we are into April already and being cheered up by some lovely warm, sunny days which have helped us to get on with some of those outside jobs that the harsh Winter weather prevented us from progressing.
We gave the two steamers a run round last weekend to make sure they were all ready for the coming season and we were pleased (and relieved) that they both ran well. We used the session to enable three of our members to gain more steam loco experience, and they did!
The signal arms/dollies have all been put out and some work is being done to ensure they are all working properly including confirmation on the signal box control panel that they are doing what the signalman thinks they are !


All our greenery has now decided to flourish (including the weeds!) and is growing like mad so the gardening work is underway. We have planted more greenery in the tunnel section to try to get our 'green' tunnel more so, and we now have some planters on the platform and outside the lodge which brighten the place up. We have also completed the paving and chippings outside the Lodge so it does look quite smart and we are looking forward to being able to use it for displays during the season. It's quite a good spot for a cuppa on a sunny afternoon too!


The trackwork is being continuously tweaked, levelled, tamped and ballast made up where necessary.

So, we are nearly ready for this year's operating which kind of starts this weekend with a Birthday Party which may iron out any 'bugs'.! and bring us up to speed? We are taking the ALRC display stand to the Norwich Model Railway Club's Annual Exhibition on Saturday where I am sure we will meet up with many familiar faces. The Broadland Model Railway Club will be there too, following their recent move to new premises at Panxworth, where they should be able to spread their wings a bit, with room to leave layouts up and a separate Clubroom to relax in ! we wish them well in their new home.

We are delighted that the MG Owners Clubs will be visiting us again this year on our August Open Day, and you will have seen that the railway is hosting another Leonard Cheshire Home Charity Day on our July Open Day to raise some money for this very worthy local Charity.

...and even the ducks are happy on the Lake!


See you soon? TTFN