Thursday, 31 May 2018

We are ready!

Hi there, well after having to cancel our May Open day, unfortunately, due to the waterlogged state of the car parking areas, all is well now and we are ready for our Open Day this Sunday June 3rd. We will have the usual array of locos and stock out and about and our Friends are bringing Romulus and Little Olive to help out, thanks guys , we know you like it here  !!!!!
Our posh new Tool Van is complete now and should be on display with our other 'work' vehicles forming an impressive (for us) train, which soon, we hope will have its very own loco to haul it round the track.....more on that one soon.

The new Tool Van ready to go

We had a good Fun Day on 19th May when Remus and Little Olive joined in and a good day was enjoyed by all

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...and earlier this week we had a visit from some of the folks from Echills Wood who are down here for Parklands week, and they had an enjoyable time with us. We hope to welcome them with an engine or two in the future !

The 'special' arriving back at the station with Kevin, Vera, Peter and our good friend Brian B.

...and finally a few of us popped across to Hemsby to experience their Parklands week activities again and enjoyed seeing some interesting locos and meeting up with friends old and new (enjoyed the bacon butties, thanks Vera!). Well done to all the Parkland Boys and Girls, excellent once again!


Happiness is.....a Fun Day on the ALR !

Saturday, 12 May 2018

All's well Here

Hi There
Well all is dried out again now, shame we had to cancel our first 2018 Open day, disappointing, but there we go, can't afford to churn up the car park area, which was still to wet on Saturday! We have had so much rain that the ground was saturated and was just not draining away, hey ho.
So, (have you noticed this is the standard response these days when someone is asked a question, they,........etc etc etc !)...we have been busy as always finishing off some jobs that weren't...and doing others as necessary....the loco shed canopy is now finished and providing good shelter and shade for crews lighting up locos, 

The two Johns finishing off the loco shed canopy

....and the track is suffering some serious expansion joint tweaking, 

Randy busy tweaking track on the back straight

....and the signals and track detection circuits are being serviced and improved as necessary, the platform is deweeded and ready for re sanding, 'Hotspur' has its side tanks back on,

Johnny B working on Hotspur

...and the grass is cut with our latest 'toy' which is a really good piece of kit,

Peter on grass cutting duties

...and the platform water tank is complete and we have to say looks very good! (but we are a bit biased!), 

Voila !! C'est  termine

...and we are just about to start the repainting/staining of the platform fencing,(oh yes we are are Boys !). The stock is all ok, so we are good to go, we have a Fun/Visiting Locos Day  on Saturday next, so we will give some the trains a run round to test everything out and give a few more members a chance to train up (oops, sorry!) on some task on their 'bucket' list ????.....


and Sue's corporate tea cosies, lovely, thank you Sue.
All photos Brian M

Thursday, 3 May 2018

May Open Day Cancelled


Please note that our May 6th Open Day this coming Sunday is cancelled due to the extremely waterlogged ground.....


Thursday, 19 April 2018

Sunshine update

Our new time piece !

Well who would have thought it would turn so warm so quick? but this is England and we are not complaining, (not just now anyway!). We have the Loco shed canopy structure in place ready for the roof sheeting to be fitted, 

the replacement water storage tank is in position and commissioned, and is producing lovely clean water! 

Our new water storage facility at Laurel Sidings shed

The platform water tank is about to have its timber boarding attached, 

Platform water tank in progress
the 'little people' are out ready to wave as you go by, the track is nearly all tweaked, the new unloading area gate is done,

....the signals are out, and the Ticket Office and the Signal Box are being treated to a coat of green and cream stain, the grass is being cut. ....and yesterday we saw a Buzzard gliding about so they are back, wonderful sight (where do they go in the Winter?????)
We have our first practise day on Saturday so we can check that everything is working.....five work days to go !!!!!!!


Sunday, 1 April 2018

Springing into Spring !

Our Friendly Fun Manager and Chairman enjoying their time at the Bawdeswell MRX 
Hi there, well, we are busy, busy, busy with all the jobs we need to do to get it all ready for you when you come on your first visit this year on Sunday 6th May .
So, what are we doing ?, well, the track Boys are busy replacing, ballasting and tweaking the track (yes, still!), and they have installed new walkway boards outside the carriage shed, a new gate has been made where we offload locos and it has been hung on the opposite end so it opens up onto the Clubroom wall, which will make reversing vehicles much easier, and it is to have a 'real' railway lamp attached! How smart will that be ?

The new gate in position just needing finishing touches

 The new timbers for the Back Straight gantry are now in position ready for the S and T Boys to start re-installing signals, 

The new for 2018, platform water tank is coming on, we have a plan for the hose fittings and how to fix the (removeable) external boarding and lid, so that should be in place soon, which will help in refreshing those thirsty steam locos!.....and we have cleaned the carriage shed roof and gutters, and tidied up the area at the side of the shed ready to construct a lean to for the track timber creosote tank. ....and stuff !!!! 

Our new water storage facility in progress at Laurel Sidings

A new plastic water storage tank has been sourced (cheers Steve !) and should be in place shortly. This is good news as our old steel tank was rusting internally and not helping with the supply of clean water needed for the steam locos. So now that the trees in this area are no longer, our water should be much nicer! (and we will check the PH to see how that is too, blimey that's a bit technical for us lot?) as well as checking the water from the loco boilers to maintain the level of treatment necessary.
Then we are pleased to report that we had two very successful days at Model Railway Exhibitions (Dereham and Bawdswell) recently, where we met some very nice people and gained at least one new member!

Barry doing his 'marketing' chat at Bawdeswell
So, it's all good fun (our Fun Manager sees to that!), well mostly...... and we are looking forward to playing, (sorry) running trains again, see you soon....

Ricardo wins yet another Bawdeswell Raffle prize favouring his 'feminine side !!!!! Don't ask!!!
and you really don't want anymore kits Mate?
All photos: Brian M 


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

All steamed up !

Squit mine entrance No 2 in Winter

Hi there, well we had a great day last Saturday when we fetched our steam locos out of storage, linked them back up to their tenders, filled 'em with 'clean'water , prepped them and steamed them up, and all went well, we are delighted to report, especially 'Hotspur', our Romulus, that we fitted with new pistons (with help and guidance from out Friends!) over the Winter. The loco ran a few gentle circuits of Tunnel section and was eager to go, so we were really pleased. 

Warming 'em up on shed

'Hotspur'  sets off gently on its first run under Keith's careful hand.

'Isabel' and 'Prospero' did likewise so there were lots of Happy Chappies! So all is ready for Brian B to come over on Wednesday to give them their necessary checks to enable new certificates to be issued.

JP tinkers with 'Isabel' before taking her round

'Isabel' and 'Prospero' pose for the camera!

The new timbers for the back straight signal gantry are cut and shaped, and painting is in progress, and our thoughts are turning to providing metal cross members next time, for longevity, and less weight, we think ?
The tree felling is slowing down now as we start to prepare for the new season, but periodic trimming and clearing will continue to keep on top of the growth, through the year. You will notice a difference when you visit this year we think !
Our trackwork is in excellent 'nick' as the Boys have been continuously beavering away all Winter, and their efforts will be rewarded in a smooth ride, we hope.
.....and on the modern technology front, we saw our S and T Boys playing around with a small 'solar' panel ????? wonder what's in their minds now, interesting, watch this space.
On Saturday we are taking our Display stand to the Bawdeswell Model Railway Exhibition, organised by the 32 A Model Railway Club, so that should be a good day, and we look forward to much 'mardling' !!!

'Hotspur' comes through the Layby siding past the Track Gang working on the main

P.S. Only 8 weeks to go to our first Open Day om Sunday May 6th !!!! 

Monday, 19 February 2018

Hello again

Another pine about to bite the dust
Well we are pleased to report that the 'modern technology' is fixed and so normal service, thankfully, is being resumed ! You don't realise just how much you rely on the stuff until it doesn't want to play!!!
So, we are busy working through the jobs that are needed to keep everything 'Trainshape', and we have been really lucky with the weather, not too many frosts and virtually no snow, just wet now and again. Lots of trees have been felled as the clearing and trimming work continues. 

One way to keep warm on a cold Winter's day !
The new Tool Van is nearly done and has been moved into the Running Shed ready to give it a test around the track to see how the bogies perform.

The John s at work on the Tool Van
The Tool Van in the running shed ready for a run....soon?
The signals are all being checked and posts repaired and repainted as necessary. The track gang have not stopped work all winter, replacing rotten sleepers and re-ballasting to ensure the track is in tip top condition. The platform water tank is well underway and we are ready to start cladding the tank sides with timber planks. The carriage shed roof is now ready for a good 'power wash' now that the overhanging trees are gone, then we can see about some more filtering to ensure we have clean, well nearly clean, water for our (and our visitor's tenders!)
At the weekend we are taking our display stand to the East Dereham Model Railway exhibition, where we we look forward to meeting old friends and some new ones should be a good day!  Think that brings us just about up to date.

A Winters view
All Photos: Brian M 


Friday, 2 February 2018

PC has the flu !

Hi Everyone
Apologies for not posting any updates on our railway stuff this year ! But yours truly' s computer has the 'flu',  is not co-operating, but hopefully my ' man' can fix it for me soon so we can keep you up to date. Keep smiling, soon be Summer