Thursday, 12 April 2012

A Good Week on the ALR !

The signal protecting Laurel Sidings in position.

Good progress being made on several fronts at the railway recently, the two new signals have been installed at Laurel Sidings, and will be 'commissioned' shortly! We had to move a point motor cover yesterday as the coaches were rubbing against it as they travelled past. (It's the one just off the platform as you head towards the foot crossing). So a longer 'tie bar' was installed and the box is now well clear of the track.

The new, longer tie bar in place enabling us to move the box away from the track.

We have 'mices' in the electrical boxes which are causing one or two problems as they seem to like the taste of our wires! Will need to have a cull ????

Brackers sorting out the 'mices' problems !

Several members have been undergoing driver and guard training with Hotspur and General, and....... 'Nelson' took its first trip around the circuit yesterday, still one or two jobs to finish, like the seat, (we quite like the temporary, pink stool which brings out our 'feminine side' ????), buffer beams and couplings to be fitted, the twin air horns to be commissioned (yes two!!!!), a rear handrail to be fitted, and controls to be labelled, so this 'Spuggy' offspring is nearly there. 'Tis quite a pleasure to drive and will be a very useful engine (The Fat Controller will be pleased!!!).

Nelson's Nameplate

Nelson & The Boys having a 'conflab' on the bridge.
All Photos: Brian M

We are also tweaking the paint on posts and fencing, with the Signal Box and the Ticket Office due for a coat later on once we have everything up and running OK.......the grass seed around the lake has taken well so should soon 'green' up the area and Richard continues with spraying and trimming things around the site !

Oh, and watch this space as next week we could have some exciting news !!!!!!!!


P.S. A 'conflab' in this context means a serious technical discussion!!! Ha ha !!!!!!