Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Last Day of 2008 at the ALR

There were a few of us at the railway today busy with a variety of jobs. The trackwork and second new point in the loco shed area were being fitted, which will make movements into and out of this area much more flexible, enabling us to change train locos quicker on Open Days.

More work was being done on the bodywork to wagon 40 which will enable this vehicle to be converted into a coach as required, with covered in seating !!!!! ......and there is a rumour that the construction of an electrically powered Tram is being considered to pull it ! mmmmmm ?

A seat unit in the workshop for Wagon 40.
All photos: Brian M

Titan was being tweaked by our CME and is just about ready for service it seems, and we set out and agreed the paving areas to and around the signal box so this can be done during the next few weeks......

and finally

Mince Pie Specials

A good time was had by some 35 members, families and friends who visited the Railway on Sunday last (28th December) to enjoy mince pies, mulled wine and train rides. Hotspur, General and Thunderbox were out and about in the very cold, but fine weather, but everyone joined in to help and it was a good day!

All photos: George Aldridge

Monday, 22 December 2008

Merry Christmas !

We would like to pass on to all our visitors, friends and families, our very best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous and Happy New Year.
Thank you for coming to see us in 2008 and we hope to see you in 2009 !

Monday, 8 December 2008

More Track !

Yes, we are at it again, now that we have the sleepers and now that 30 tonnes of ballast has arrived, (phew and don't we know it, more muscles discovered!!), we can start our Stage 3B addition. This is basically 400 feet of track starting just after our 'green' tunnel section and running along the back of the site to 'Birchwood Junction', where it will allow trains to access our new Lake section. The proposed line was set out last Friday by the track boys and those of us who were there on Saturday, (10 or 11 methinks) had a wander along and approved the route layout, which is mostly straight and will for some of the way run alongside part of the Den section track , before curving round to meet the track at Birchwood Junction. Very impressive it will be and as one of the Gang said, "it will be the icing on the cake", so to speak.
So the track manufacturing process is underway in the workshop, and if all goes well the new section should be in place for our 2009 Open Day season at some stage! Can't wait, it will be a great drive with a slight uphill gradient, and will give our visitors a much longer, and hopefully more interesting ride. We had a 'training day' the other weekend and were comfortably running 3 trains around the circuit without signals, quite easily, so we reckon the circuit could accommodate 5 trains if we wished to run that many ???????
Time will tell !