Sunday, 27 July 2008

Summer's Here !

The General awaits in Laurel Sidings ready for Guard training runs

Wow, yesterday was HOT !!! but we managed to fit some jobs in during the morning, such as cabling in readiness for phone & lamps installation on the platform, re-gapping closed up rail joints along the Tunnel section, paint stripping the Clubroom window in readiness for re painting, measuring up for some more low level fencing in the signal box area, and our CME was busy working on his loco, Titan, now that he has a bit more time! During the afternoon we had a running session for training and competency purposes which involved 'Lucille' and 'The General'. Lucille is fully 'fit' now and ran well with both injectors working faultlessly.

We also have a plan to fit 'The General' with a Dallee Electronic diesel engine sound unit courtesy of our Friends at Brandbright. Good excuse for a trip out!!!! Watch this space for developments, should bring this super little loco to life ?

Lucille with very happy driver
All photos : BM

Friday, 18 July 2008

Visit to Neatishead Radar Museum
A good gathering of souls from the ALR & the Norfolk Railway Society visited this fascinating museum on Thursday evening and were given a tour of the site by the very knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers there. The museum is an excellent facility that has, deservedly, won many awards and demonstrates very clearly what did & what still does 'go on behind the scenes' to protect our country and those of our allies from attack by unfriendly forces. If you haven't been it is well worth a visit!

Friday, 11 July 2008

Bure Valley Friends visit the ALR

15 'Friends of the Bure Valley Railway' visited the ALR last evening and a thoroughly good time was had by all. Hotspur, Lucille, The General and Thunderbox did the honours again, running faultlessly during the evening. Even the weather was kind!

Sunday, 6 July 2008

6th July (damp) Open Day
The weather was not kind to us today, as after a nice start to the day, the promised rainclouds found us and deposited their contents upon us from time to time. So we were pleased to welcome quite a good number of visitors, who travelled behind Hotspur, Lucille, The General and Thunderbox during the afternoon. Oh to be in England now that Summer is here !!!!!!!!
Thank you for coming to see us!
Lake section progress update
We now have all the track sections laid out with about 33% fishplated and bolted up. Work is in progress forming the flat crossing (Lake crossing), in situ, as the photo shows. We hope to publish a full track plan soon so you can see the full ALR track layout.

Saturday, 5 July 2008

ALR S & T stuff

We thought you might be interested in our S & T boxes that you may have seen around our track. We have recently been busy installing a new power box and telephone box adjacent to Triangle Junction in readiness for the time, not too far away now, when we can start to use our new Lake section.

The power boxes house all the cabling necessary to power our points, signals and telephone system. The cables are all run in underground ducts from the signal box to the local power box from which are then run the individual cables for each point motor, signal mechanisms and telephone handsets. Our new Lake section will need starter and home signals to control trains entering and leaving the section, plus train activated automatic signals to protect the flat crossing so only one train has authority to negotiate the crossing! There is a plan to have some sort of track circuiting so the signalman knows where the train(s) on this section are, as it is out of sight of the signal box. More details later!

Telephone box at Triangle Junction

Power box at Ashmanhaugh station