Thursday, 31 December 2009

Bye 2009

Hotspur & Lucille working up the bank approaching the Lake crossing. Photo: Aldridge

Well, we finished the year in style with a flurry (yes we did have some snow too!) of events, including the Club's Christmas Evening meal at a local Hostelry where some 20 of us enjoyed a lovely meal and convivial company, then there was the trip to the Cromer End Of Pier Christmas Show, good old fashioned Christmas entertainment, two and a half hours of singing, dancing and merriment!, and to round the year off, on Sunday some 25 members, families and friends visited the ALR and enjoyed mulled wine, sausage rolls and mince pies punctuated by some trips around the circuit behind Lucille and Hotspur, excellent!

Happy New Year Everyone !!!!!

Sunday, 13 December 2009


All The Gang at the ALR would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and all our best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our Open Days in 2010 !


New coach progress

We just thought you would like to see how good the new coach (still not sure whether she is Mavis or Maisie, we'll have to see what the posh nameplate says when it's done !!!) looks in her smart new paint scheme seen here standing proudly in the station area on 12th December 2009.

Photos: Brian M


Tuesday, 8 December 2009

December Update

We are now concentrating on progressing some of those jobs that we didn't have time to do whilst we were making sure that all was in order for our Open Days during the summer, which include....

.Mavis, (there is still some doubt whether she will be Mavis, as several alternatives have been suggested, and one which went down really well was a 'Barbie' version in a tasty pink livery, but this is unlikely !!!!!) this new coach is in the painting stage, so is progressing very well.....

..The hydraulic loco lift is also coming on well with the last few bits to be welded on and then this item will be ready for a paint job (Hi Vis yellow we think so nobody will trip over it ?)

...Work is also progressing well on the track circuiting installation, with the fitting of the insulated fishplates on the 'H' section timbers out on the circuit, as well as the mimic board which has now been tested and is very impressive! So, all being well this sytem should be in use in the New Year, making life a lot easier for our signalling personnel.

....The underground conduits and cabling are now all laid ready to connect up to the remaining signals yet to be installed, which again we are hoping to have commissioned in the Spring (2010 that is!)..

.....We are planning to start work on the revised toilet area in the Spring so that this should be complete by the first 2010 Open Day in May

......and we are having a 'Mince Pie Specials' event for members, families & friends on the Sunday after Christmas which should help to blow away any Christmas cobwebs !!!!!