Thursday, 24 April 2008

MacMillan Nursing Service Walk
Photo: J Pond

We are delighted that two of our Group (Messrs Lowe & Ball), completed the 9 mile walk along the Bure Valley Railway footpath from Wroxham to Aylsham (Mr Ball), and Aylsham to Wroxham (Mr Lowe), on Sunday 20th April, helping to raise valuable funds for this very worthwhile organisation. The walk is arranged annually by the MacMillan Nursing Service in conjunction with the Bure Valley Railway who also provide trains to transport the weary (in some cases!) walkers back to their starting point. The photo shows one of our happy walkers well on the way, (think he's on the phone just checking the route!)

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Stage 3 progress.

Eastgate Engineers siding. Photos: J Pond 18 April 2008

The last few weeks have seen steady progress being made on our new section. Virtually all the track sections have been laid in position and the creosoted edging boards are also fitted around the circuit. We have planted approximately 150 young trees and bushes on the embankments and around the Eastgate siding area. We plan to get the turf cutter on site on 10th May to strip the turf and excavate the 4" (100mm) or so to get to the trackbed formation level. Then we can lay the geotextile membrane and the first 2" (50mm) of ballast (we use granite road sweepings). Then it's a matter of laying and fishplating up the track sections, spreading the last 2" (50mm) of ballast, and lining, tamping and levelling it all through. Then we can test it and once accepted, can start to use it!!!!!!

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Photos: Brian M

Progress On Our New Ticket Office
As you can see, we have now erected the building and the roof has been felted. The 'Sales Flap was fitted shortly after the above photo was taken, and we hope to hang the door this weekend. So we just have to make up the bargeboards to match the signal box, and it's nearly ready for use !

Photos: Brian M

Driving Hotspur

Yesterday was a lovely sunny, Spring like day at Ashmanhaugh with cuckoos and woodpeckers heard, and the chance for two of us to gain more experience in preparing, driving & disposing of Hotspur, which was gladly taken ! The loco is a joy to drive, and all she needs now are her nameplates and lettering fitted, and she is fully refurbished and complete. A lovely loco that is a credit to our Engineering team who have spent many hours bringing her up to her present standard. The photos show the view from the cab as Ashmanhaugh Station Home signals are approached, and Barry cautiously entering Ashmanhaugh Station.