We were very pleased yesterday, to welcome another loco to be based at the ALR, a battery electric that has been built by one of our members in his garage over the winter. The loco, No. 2300, has an 'American' look with a Santa Fe style colour scheme which looks very impressive, as you can see from the photos. She (? the loco is unofficially 'Tess', but we're not too sure who Tess is. yet ??!!!), had a little preliminary trundle yesterday once the power bogies (Ride On Railways), and all the various bits were put together, to ensure all the wheels were turning in the right direction at the same time (they did, eventually)! So, we are looking forward to seeing this loco in action, to see what she can pull, plenty we think, and will provide yet another 'different' loco on the ALR for us all to enjoy.
Yesterday saw us running one or two trains to check out the track, signalling, track circuiting and one or two locos to get us in 'operating' mode following our winter break. The two new coaches are coming on well in the workshop, as is the open wagon.
Only three weeks to go before our first Open Day !!!!!
|No.2300 at its new home on 11th April 2015|