Tuesday, 25 August 2009

2009 Aysham Model Railway Exhibition

On Saturday 26th September, the Broadland Model Railway Club, (based at the Ashmanhaugh Light Railway, meeting on Tuesday evenings), is presenting a Model Railway Exhibition. The show is being held this year at the Jubilee Centre at Alysham and will be open from 10.30 am til 4.30 pm. Some 15 layouts will be on display together with trade stands. (we are taking our display stand, and look forward to meeting you!).
There are Park & Ride arrangements with the Bure Valley Railway at Wroxham Station, and parking is available at Aylsham Station. A Routemaster bus will meet all Bure Valley Railway trains at Alysham, taking visitors up the the Exhibition venue and back.

Refreshments are available at the Jubilee Centre and the Bure Valley Railway's 'WhistleStop' restaurant at Aylsham will be open for full meals & refreshments.

Admission prices are Adult £3.50, Concessions & children £2.50.....also discounted exhibition & BVR train tickets are available.

Should be good !
Further information can be obtained at info@bvr.co.uk - www.BVR.co.uk - Tel 01263 734115

'Tis Nearly Autumn

As we approach the end of our 2009 Open Day season with just two more to enjoy, 6th September & 4th October, we are looking ahead & planning the jobs we need to do, apart from the normal day to day and end of season maintenance tasks on the railway, taken care of as part of our normal ongoing duties.

We have decided that we will build another, seperate, coach to match the existing timber sets that we obtained from The Little Melton Railway, which will help out a bit on Open Days and give us flexibility in running varied train sets. Eventually we intend to convert the existing 2 coach set into a 3 coach set as & when funds & resources permit.
We are also looking at providing a loco lift facility to make maintenance access easier for our personnel who are not getting any younger! We are lucky in that we have obtained a 'hydraulic' hospital bed kindly donated by our local St John Ambulance friends, and we think that this can be 'adapted' for this purpose. If the 'loco lift' is mobile then this could also be used as and when locos come to us, or go to other railways in the future (another activity that we would love to do!). In this respect we are looking at providing a pivoted section of track alongside the signal box so this can be used to load/unload stock onto road transport. We also have a trolley and ramp that came with the Shay that could be used.

We are also conscious that our toilet facilities are a bit 'meagre' on Open Days and currently are looking into providing more W.C.'s to help out for next year.

Our Junior members are currently building a small 'N' gauge model railway that will be push button operated for our Open Day visitors to amuse themselves with!

The Club's Social activities are always very enjoyable and we have planned a Club BBQ in September, a Bonfire Night 'do', our traditional Christmas Dinner at a local Hostelry, a trip the the Cromer 'End of The Pier' Christmas Show, and looking ahead, our ALR Weekend Away will see us heading 'up North' to North Yorkshire where our erstwhile Social Secretary will have some good excursions for us to enjoy, no doubt !

Can't wait!


Monday, 17 August 2009

Fun Day !

Locos lined up ready for the 'off'

Last Saturday saw us having a Club running day when we spent all day enjoying our railway, with some of the members trying their hand at new tasks, or just getting more experience with their existing ones, and others just enjoying the rides and the relaxed atmosphere! It was, again, a very lovely day, we are so lucky with the weather generally, it's been very enjoyable!
So members were practising driving, guarding, signalling, andbeing a Person In Charge, with Lucille, Thunderbox, The General and The Shay all in use. A good day, as we hope the photos will show!


Lucille being 'prepped'

OK Guys, so who's doing what !

The Boys find out what's what on The Shay!

The 'Young Ones' in charge with The Shay on the back straight

Lucille coming up to the Lake flat crossing with concentrating driver!
All photos: Brian M

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Another good day

Wednesday was another very warm, sunny day which makes 'working' on the ALR an absolute pleasure. It's amazing what you see if you 'look' and yesterday was no exception. There were frogs in the grass, shrews, ladybirds, newts, grasshoppers and ladybirds (or Bishy Barnabees as they are called in these parts), all of which makes us realise what a lovely spot this is......We managed to get a few more jobs done, grass cutting, strimming under tree belts, more work on Coach 40's chassis
(we are getting there slowly!), and we got the Shay running. It was a very 'gunged' up carburettor, and the loco is running fine now, as some of the gang (Ashley, Ben & Dave) who drove it round the circuit found out, it is very easy to drive. It also allowed the boys to test the track circuiting system on the first sections installed, which worked fine, so all systems go now!

Monday, 3 August 2009

Excellent August Open Day

We were delighted that the weather was very kind to us again yesterday, allowing everyone to enjoy a lovely, sunny and warm afternoon for our 2009 August Open Day. We ran a 3 train service for most of the afternoon, with Lucille, Hotspur, The General and Thunderbox in charge. Unfortunately, the Shay was failed just before the session due to a flooding carburettor caused by a worn or faulty needle valve which we hope to replace this week..
So, we were pleased with the attendance as the queue was not too long, everyone was in 'happy' mode, and a full crew allowed us to have time to chat to our visitors, which is always a nice thing to be able to do!


Saturday, 1 August 2009

Hello !

Well here we are again, we haven't forgotten you!, it's just that we have been 'distracted' by holidays and family things ....but rest assured, we have been quietly beavering away on a variety of tasks to keep everything in order and to improve our railway.
Following our visit to the Great Cockrow Railway on our way back from Devon in May, we took the decision to install a 'failsafe' system of track detection, (which we had been thinking about for a while) and our S & T boys have been sitting at some of our electrical cabinets fixing 'things' with soldering irons !, and a mimic diagram is being made to hang in the signal box above the window overlooking the platforms so, eventually, our signalling personnel will KNOW where the trains are instead of having to guess which one will emerge from the 'boondocks' first .
We have also been doing some works on our Shay loco, including moving the 'oil tender top' back to give us a more comfortable driving position, with the controls moved back slightly too and a new fuel tank has been fitted with a sight glass so we know when to refuel! We now just need to source a proper American chime steam whistle that the Shays had, but operated by air, so if you have any ideas on this one, please let us know.
We have also, of course, been gardening, isn't stuff growing quickly, and there's a lot of it! it's like painting the Forth Bridge!!!!!
We have also installed some concrete bases for some more signals which are to be installed to control trains entering and leaving the Lake section.
and, talking of the Lake (which at the moment is more like a big puddle!), we spotted some newts and fish in there the other week. The fish were a bit small to identify but we thought maybe tench or catfish? surely not? we'll see.......
We recently bought a wheel press to make the job of fitting/unfitting wheels onto our rolling stock axles much easier, and our engineering boys are still turning out wheels from steel blanks to replace the wheelsets on our coaches, and tomorrow...... we have our August Open Day, so we have our fingers crossed for good weather, and maybe we'll see you then?