Tuesday, 20 August 2019

August Fun



Algernon fishing
We would like you to introduce a new ALR character, this is Algernon, we call him Algae !!!! (get it?), and he appeared one morning wondering if he could fish in the lake, well, he's been sat there for two or three weeks now, and as far as we know not even a nibble ! We don't want to spoil his fun, but fish in the lake?, there are non Mate......  hey ho.....

We have had a Fun Time this August, with a good Open day on the 4th with kind weather and lots of happy folks enjoying the railway. All went more or less well, despite some problems with the signals and track circuiting caused by the storms, which the S and T Boys are wading through and all seems just about OK now !.All the locos ran well apart from David's 'Remus' which developed a problem with an axle wheel moving on the axle, so the loco had to be withdrawn so David could remedy the problem back home, which we hope he has managed to do. Our usual locos were out and about, 'General' was going well for too long and ran out of power, 'Chieftain', 'Hotspur' and 'The Shay' all ran well.


Dismantling work in progress
Wet days are uncommon at the ALR so when we get one, as we did last Wednesday, all hands got involved in lots of jobs that needed doing but that were not quite essential ! So the workshop was a bit crowded, but the 'crack' was interesting, old CCTV stuff was dismantled to gain bits and pieces that could be utilised elsewhere, The Shay had its cab roof sanded down ready for a gloss coat down in the Laurel Sidings storage shed, there was some stuff going on in the loco shed with Isabel, 'Prospero' was having an extension fitted to the injector overflow pipe so the driver can see whether the injector had 'taken up' or not if water was issuing forth, and there was some work going on to make 'Thunderbox's' throttle smoother in operation, so a good day.





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Then last Saturday, our August 'Fun Day' we had a visit from a Class 66 belonging to Simon and his Dad James, Mum came along too,so it was a family day out and very enjoyable. The '66' was very impressive with lots of fine detail and the loco ran very well all day with some of the ALR Boys having a drive too, thanks Simon!.We use these days to enjoy our railway and it gives us a chance to practise new skills and at one time we had 5 trains out, as yours truly realised, it's all go in the signal box then, but help was at hand with JP and then Keith each helping out. So we got some more training done and had a thoroughly good day !



The Class 66 leaves the station


Just unloaded




A trio of locos resting at lunchtime



'Thunderbox' was out too




TTFN   

Friday, 2 August 2019

Month Eight already !


Happy Boys at Hemsby !


Hello Folks
We can't believe that it's August already and we are halfway through our Open Days for this year. We are looking forward to our next one, this coming Sunday, August 4th, when. as usual we will be running trains from 2 til 5 pm, so maybe we will see you then ? We expect to have three , if not four steam locos in action, plus our usual selection from General, Chieftain, Thunderbox and The Shay being available. We have booked nice weather!!!!!

The recent thunderstorms created quite a bit of damage to our signalling 'electrics' and the phones but Graham and Ricardo are working very hard to ensure we have a working system in place for Sunday...

A few of us had a ride out to The Parklands Railway at Hemsby yesterday, where there was in 'invitation' afternoon taking place. It was a very pleasant afternoon with several different locos out and about and a very good turnout of visitors, so there was much 'mardling' going on. Well done to all at Parklands for providing a really enjoyable afternoon.

                               Here is a selection of photos taken during the afternoon











All photos:Brian M