Friday, 25 January 2008

Our People

Photo: BM

At present we are a small Group of 16 members, having a wide variety of working or 'ex' working backgrounds.....We have a carpenter, a bank manager, one serving and three RAF engineers, a 'cop', a builder person, an HVG driver, a carpet person, a St John's Ambulance person (& his wife!), a Care Home Manager, an Anglia TV man, a refrigeration engineer and a railway engineer from South Africa (he's often late! !) Quite a bunch! We also have a few willing 'Associate' members who come along on Open Days to help out, and without whose regular assistance these events could not take place.

We are also very pleased that we have one Junior member who is very enthusiastic and keen to learn ! he tells us what it’s like to be a junior member.......

'Being a junior member at the ALR is very interesting and unusual. As a junior member i can do all the same jobs as the adult members, with the exception of driving, guarding, and signalling on public open days. I am currently training as a guard, driver, signalman, and s & t technician. Life on the railway is different to most and can be very hard work, but also very enjoyable. I come in very handy for thinking of ideas to help the railway and due to my size and suppleness, I can get into places that some of the senior members can’t.

By Ashley... Age 12 '

He can be seen in the photo helping his Grandad, (our CME), preparing 'Hotspur' for a run in December last year. We are also expecting to swell our Junior ranks by one later this year when the lucky young man who lives on the site will be old enough to join our Club.

Brian M