Monday, 2 May 2011

Sucessful May Open Day weekend

Star of the weekend 'Spuggy' coming onto the layby with a happy Martyn in charge!

We have had a great weekend! The weather has been excellent with blue skies and a 'cheeky' breeze, but fine all weekend.
Three Happy Brighouse Lads with 'Spuggy' in Laurel sidings
ready for the Open Day to commence!

We were very pleased on Saturday to welcome some of the Brighouse & Halifax Model Engineers 'Gang' who were in Norfolk along with some of the Bradford Society members, visiting the Hemsby Club for a few days with some of their locos. Martyn had asked if they could visit us with a couple of locos on the Saturday, and as we had agreed recently as a Club to start to have visiting locos again, we were delighted to welcome Martyn, with Brian, Ray and Co, to the ALR with 'Spuggy'. Martyn did intend to bring his Romulus as well ,but apparently there was steam issuing from everywhere so he decided not to bring it! So we had a great day preparing for the Open Day and then in the afternoon let 'Spuggy' loose around our circuit. This lovely little loco was an instant hit with the ALR Gang and most of us had a drive (or three!). On several occasions were members heard saying,"I want one !". So, not making any promises just yet, but this space!!!!.
As the day drew to a close we all agreed that it would be great if the loco could 'sleep overnight', and take part in the Open Day on Sunday. Martyn, Brian & Ray were more than happy to do that so the loco was tucked away in the ALR shed for the night, and we all went home happy Boys!

JP brings 'Hotspur' past the Back Straight Home signals.

Sunday was another super, sunny day and we welcomed our first 2011 Open Day visitors, with 'General' and 'The Shay' hauling the first trains of the day. Hotspur came out to play eventually after our Engineers cured a whistle valve problem, along with Thunderbox, Sergeant and of course 'Spuggy'. Lucille was given the day off, as there was a water and driver shortage! Woodpecker Lodge was opened for the first time on an Open Day and was a popular stopping and sitting point during the afternoon with its photo displays and sunny aspect. We welcomed several visitors from other railways including Brighouse and Halifax, Barnsley Society of Model Engineers, Barton House, and Little Orchard railways. So all in all, an excellent afternoon, not the busiest, but nice and relaxed, plenty of time for chatting and catching up! and finally, no double header to finish the proceedings but what must have been the slowest trip ever round the circuit (by 'Hotspur' with some help, thanks Guys, clinkered up fire is my excuse!) , and then 'Spuggie' helped to push the train round to the shed. So it was a sort of 'double header' but more American 'shover' practise than two on the front!

'Spuggy' with a full train at the Back Straight Home signals on Open Day.
All photos: Brian M

Our grateful thanks to the Brighouse Boys for making our weekend (think they quite enjoyed it toooo!), and of course to our visitors on Sunday, see you next month?