Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Excellent June Open Day

Lucille and Isabel driven by Keith and Ben approaching the station
Hi There
Now we are back from our Boys Weekend Away, and more about that next time,  we can catch you up with recent events.....our June Open Day was excellent, thank you for coming to see us, we had a very enjoyable afternoon with an interesting variety of visitors, and we had time to chat, which is always good ! Our friends from Suffolk helped us out again with David bringing his Romulus, and Paul his Sweet William, so we had four steam locos out, a first methinks for the ALR ! We gave General, Chieftain, The Shay and Sergeant a run out and everything went well, culminating in a great finale with two double headed steamers, another first for us !!!!!!

The Sweet William and the Romulus preparing to depart with  Tony and Dave driving

The double header approaching the station

On the work front, we are still tweaking Hotspur's pipework which we hope will remedy the reluctant injector, The steam locos each have their own storage box in the loco shed now, so no excuse for losing bits !!!!
Lots of gardening being done as everything is growing like mad!  We had a hedge cutting 'land train' to help do the boundary hedge which is looking tidy again now. Track maintenance continues as always, the gates have had a green stain update and the fencing is about to be done, maybe !
Ken about to take Sergeant and four passengers for a trundle round
All photos by Graham Reeve
And, a bit sad, one of our members, Ray H is moving away and so we gave him a bit of a send off last week, with sausage rolls, pork pies etc, (any excuse!!!), to thank him for all his efforts on the ALR over the years, but he and his good Lady will be coming back to Norfolk to visit friends in the future, so we will will be seeing him again.
So that's all for now, details of our Boys Weekend Away next time!