Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Autumn works on the ALR

Engineering Crew reassembling Set 3's final bogie. Photo: Brian M

As we enjoy this lovely 'Indian ' Summer, we are progressing tasks on several fronts, now that our 'operating season' is finished, The Engineering Boys have been busy turning wheels out of EN8 steel blanks for the first of our coach sets to be rewheeled (16 required & turned !). The photo shows the last bogie standing complete shortly before refitting to Set 3 on Wednesday 28th October 2009..

We are also busy constructing another single coach (Number 41), in similar style to our existing ones, that may be attached to any train giving us more flexibility, and helping to reduce passenger waiting time on Open Days. The bogies are more or less complete, and the underframe, made out of Beech, is also just about complete as the photo shows, with Dave & Ray giving it a coat of paint on Wednesday 28th October.

The two bogies awaiting their 'superstructure outside the shed on 28th October 2009. Photos: Brian M

Work is ongoing out on the track, with adjustments being made to the gapping and levels where necessary, and some re sleepering is taking place. Dave is also busy fitting the track circuiting wiring and isolating 'fishplate' material around the circuit as necessary.

It's good to note that the Lake is filling up a bit now that we have had some rain, so it is doing its job, even after this long dry spell during which it didn't quite dry out !


Monday, 5 October 2009

The ALR loco fleet

ALR loco fleet 10th September 2009. Photos: John Pond

We took the opportunity recently to get all our locos out for a photo call so you could see them all together, and here they are posing in the September sunshine.
Just in case you don't know all our locos, they are, starting at the left, 'Lucille' & 'Hotspur', on the middle line, 'Sergeant,' 'The Shay' & 'Titan', and on the right, 'General' & 'Thunderbox'.


Last Open Day for 2009

The Shay & Thunderbox ready to commence the day's running. Photo: John Pond

We were blessed with a simply wonderful day on Sunday for this year's last Open Day, with warm sunshine all day. Lots of people came to see us, enjoying rides round the circuit which is looking great in its Autumn colours.

Sergeant comes through the trees with a short goods! .
Photo: George Aldridge

'Lucille', 'The Shay', 'Thunderbox' and 'The General' shared the afternoon's duties, with 'Sergeant' making an appearance with the goods wagons. 'General' got tired and had to be stopped during the session, and Hotspur was unavailable due to an expired boiler ticket.

The afternoon's running was completed with 'The Shay' and 'Thunderbox' performing our now mandatory double headed train with two trips around the circuit!

The double header sets off . Photo: JohnPond

So, thank you to everyone who came to see us this year, we hope you had a good time, we certainly have enjoyed showing you our wonderful little railway, and we hope to see you all again, (and some new faces? ), next year.
Thanks from all the ALR Gang !

Impressive view of Lucille ! Photo: George Aldridge

Bye for now!