Friday, 28 April 2017

April update

A  view of the extended Clubroom
Hello everyone, we had a great day out at Spalding last Saturday (22nd April) when we visited the Model Engineering Exhibition, being very impressed with the exhibits on view, and spent some happy time talking to friends, old and new. In the afternoon we were royally treated to a tour of the Spalding Horticultural Society's very colourful and impressive gardens located at the rear of the Springfields Shopping Centre. Inga and Chris made us feel more than welcome, providing us with tea and cakes which we enjoyed. twice, lounging on deckchairs in the lovely sunshine.We were taken for a trip round their delightful Springfields Miniature Railway, traversing gently through the trees surrounded by a maze of multi coloured tulips, daffodils and bluebells. (3500 bulbs are planted each year we were told !) A great day out!  Many thanks to the SHS for their very kind hospitality....
A view through the trees at the SLR

All very busy here at the ALR, all is going well as our first 2017 Open Day approaches....our new Clubroom extension is well advanced but will not be finally complete by 7th May. but usable, so please bear with us, if you do come, we hope you will be impressed and will appreciate the extra space it now gives us. We still have the ceiling to fit, the kitchen to re-organise, the decorations and floor finishes to do, along with several other twiddly bits........we just need an 8 or 9 day week!!!!!
The rolling stock is ready to go, more or less, apart from 'Thunderbox' which is having a rest until we can assess the work needed to get this characterful loco back into efficient working order. Our friends from Suffolk are bringing along a couple of locos on 7th May so we will have a variety of locos out and about again to ride behind. Our ticket prices remain the same as last year, being £1,50 for a single ride, £4 for an afternoon Rover, and £12 for a Family ticket for 2 Adults and 2 Children, So, weather permitting we will be running trains from 2 til 5 pm, with light refreshments and ice creams available, parking is free, but dogs are not allowed on site, sorry. Maybe we will see you then ???? 
Lots of events going on in this area from April 30th to 21st May in this year's Broads Outdoor Festival, have a look at 'www.outdoorsfestival.co.uk' , loads to see and do !

TTFN 




Ready for a trip around the SLR
Photos: Brian M


Monday, 3 April 2017

A new arrival !


'Prospero' has arrived !
Hi there.....well we had an exciting day last week when a new loco arrived at the ALR, courtesy of Peter, one of our members, and Mike from Station Road Steam, who delivered the loco..As you can see from the photos, the loco is a 0-4-0 Feldbahn, to be named 'Prospero', and is the eleventh loco based at the ALR, blimey, who'd have thought it ?
So the Boys are constructing the tender which is almost ready, and Peter has taken the body to be spray painted (proper job!) by David (cheers !) to match the lovely yellow of the loco. Peter is now being initiated into the vagaries of managing a steam loco!

Ready to roll onto ALR metals
Club members admire the new loco with Mike handing over documentation
All photos: Brian M
The Clubroom extension is coming along nicely with the floor now laid, ready for the wall insulation and wall boarding to be fixed, so we are hoping that it will be usable by our first Open Day on May 7th (fingers crossed????) 
'Lucille' and 'Isabel' have had their certificates renewed and are ready to go, (thanks to Brian B for his time).
Track tweaking continues, gardening work also continues, the bridge has been cleaned down with handrail and decking restained, so is looking smart, and the 'mighty mulcher' is booked to tidy up tree bits and pieces around the site to tidy it all up.......signals and signs are out, and cameras refitted, so we are getting there........
We have a trip booked to Spalding on 22nd to visit the Engineering Exhibition there and also to see our Friends at the Springfields Light Railway which we are looking forward to visiting....

TTFN



Happiness is !
Photo: Peter Harvey and others!