Sunday, 25 January 2009

Trains, trains, trains !

There is a fascination about trains that seems to appeal and provide pleasure to so many people, and our members are no different, for most of us are interested not only in our 71/4" gauge creations and the 'big' railways, but in model railways too. Several of us were members of the sadly, now defunct Coltishall Model Railway Club, but happily another Club has come into being as a result of that Club's demise, the Broadland Model Railway Club. This Club is based at Ashmanhaugh and is currently involved in developing their 4mm British outline layout (which was taken to the Aylsham Model Railway Exhibition last year). It also has an interesting '009' layout, 'Corru' which is due to appear, along with another of our member's own layouts, 'Lower Woodend', (both also seen at previous exhibitions) at the Norfolk Railway Society's Annual Show which is to be held next Saturday 31st January at the United Reform Church Ipswich Road, Norwich, from 1 til 5 pm. Should be worth a visit?

More Stage 3B progress

Work is advancing steadily on this section with the edging boards being fitted, and points construction in progress. The photos shows some of our 'track gang' so engaged on Saturday when we enjoyed another reasonable day's weather.
The views show the route of the new addition starting 1. just after 'Bamboo Junction' where the existing 'curvy' track will be used as a 'long siding' for additional trains to be stabled ready for a quick platform entry should there be a need on Open Days, 2. site of a new point installation allowing entry back into the station area, 3. the new line curves away slightly (we like curves!) before being joined into the 'Lake' section trackwork, and 4. a current view of 'Triangle Junction'.

Inside the workshop other members were also busy on a variety of tasks including coach /wagon 40, Lucille, and making points.





All photos: Brian M

Monday, 19 January 2009

Wagon/Coach 40 takes shape

The vehicle is now looking really good as this photo, taken last Saturday by John P shows, nearly done Chaps, so when is the tram going to be ready?

Stage 3b coming along nicely

All photos: John Pond

Good progress is being made with our Stage 3b extension as the photos show. Track panels are all made and the point construction is well advanced. All the edging timber, the membrane and ballast are available so we are pressing on !

but, we do have problems with leaves on the line, just like the 'big' railways, so Dave is trying to move them along a bit!

and there is music, of sorts? to keep the track Gang happy? (it'll never make the charts Boys!)

Sunday, 4 January 2009

3rd January 2009........ into the New Year.......

A good turn out of members yesterday saw lots of jobs in progress.....more track panel manufacturing in the workshop for our Stage 3b extension, which sees a gradually increasing pile of track panels taken to the site where work is also proceeding getting ready to 'blitz' the section once all the materials are to hand....

Alan, Brian & Ray busy ! Photo: Brian M

Good progress being made on wagon/coach 40, which is starting to look like a coach (it must be a bit I a wagon ? ... or am I a coach??????)....

Cheerful John & Dave ! Photo: Brian M

Lucille is having some jobs done while we are in our 'quiet' period

Geoff & Ray doing 'engineering stuff to Lucille ! Photo: Brian M

and even Titan came out into the cold, and is seen here in all his (? - its ?) exposed glory, quite impressive.......

Titan poses in the cold ! Photo: Brian M

Other jobs going on included, maintenance to the signal control panel, placing edging boards for the new footpath to the signal box, and 'General' was circulating for ever trying to run the batteries down (don't ask!), did anyone tell George we were going home ?????