Friday, 6 October 2017

Good final Open Day for 2017


A happy Matthew ready for another trip!

Well, we got away with it, again, !!! the weather forecast for our final 2017 Open Day last Sunday was awful, but  by early afternoon, the rain went somewhere else (thank you) and we were able to have a very enjoyable and relaxing afternoon with our happy visitors. It was not 'busy, busy' but the shorter queues meant that people got more rides and we were able to chat to people as the pressure was off. 
Our two visiting locos, 'Holkham' and 'Remus' and their drivers in the station

'Chieftain' and 'Holkham' awaiting signals to clear outside the station
When we started building the ALR we were just a bunch of Guys who wanted to build a miniature railway for our own enjoyment and satisfaction, and back then in 2002, we would never have dreamed that we would create what you see today from a  'grass field' ! So, having decided to open the railway up occasionally back in 2004 to help to fund the further building and maintenance of the site, we could not have anticipated how popular we would get ! We never wanted to be a 'Tourist Attraction!  So thank you for coming and we hope to see you again in 2018.
One of our best experiences is to see people like young Matthew, who is probably our most travelled visitor on the railway, having such a good time each time he comes with his Carer and his Family, and as you can see, he just loves the place !!!!!!

Peter with 'Prospero' and a full train coming over the bridge
So, things to do to keep everything uptodate, the Clubroom floor is now prepared ready to receive the vinyl flooring, we are installing the 'rolling roads' on our hydraulic lift table to enable us to work on locos more easily, and 'Hotspur's' new pistons are coming along nicely.The shelter for the wagons is taking shape. Then we will construct the canopy at the front of the loco shed so locos can be prepared in the dry! 

The 'nerve center'  Boys keeping everything running
The S & T Boys are sorting out the 'wiggly amp' things to do with servos on the signals and the like, to make them more reliable as required, and gardening continues , constantly.........several , ha , ha, trees to come out to allow the rest to grow nicely, track maintenance continues, and we now have a bigger Clubroom to keep clean!
We are having our last Fun Day later this month followed by a fish and chip supper which will be a nice way of rounding off the running season. We will then be checking all the locos and stock to see what needs to be done over the Winter, and we are thinking  of installing a water tower of some sort at the platform to enable the steamers to be topped up more easily. The gate at the signal box sidings needs rehanging on the other side to allow easier access for vehicles and their trailers to reach the ramp, the list goes on !

TTFN

Paul comes down the lake bank with 'Holkham'
All photos: John Pond