Sunday, 28 February 2010

Busy Weekend

We have had a really good weekend on the 'publicity' front as on Friday we were invited to take part in Radio Norfolk's Dave & Becky Show as a follow up to their visit to the ALR last May during their Sunday morning 'Treasure Quest' programme. We were made to feel very welcome by all the Radio Norfolk people and had plenty of time to talk about the railway, which we thoroughly enjoyed and which we hope will encourage some new visitors to the railway this year.


Then on Saturday we took our publicity stand to the Mid Norfolk Railway's Model Railway Exhibition at East Dereham. We shared duties during the day with our friends from the Broadland Model Railway Club who displayed their fascinating 'Corru' 009 scale layout. We were kept very busy during the day chatting to lots of people about our railway, which again we hope will generate some new visitors this year. Quite a lot of interest was shown in our Birthday Party and Driver Experience sessions.

Pre start conference! Appropriate caption on the wall ?
Photo: Brian M

John talking to interested visitors. Photo: Brian M

'Corru' in action Photo: Brian M

Our calendar is already starting to fill up as we have visits arranged with the Norwich & District Model Engineers and the Great Eastern Railway Society whose members will be visiting the ALR on seperate evenings in May.


Sunday, 7 February 2010

More progress

Nameplates fitted to our newest coach. Photo: Brian M

A good turnout of members at this time of year is always welcome and enables us to make progress on several fronts. We have been lucky again with our weather this week with Wednesday being a lovely sunny day and yesterday (Saturday), we enjoyed a glorious morning, the day then turning misty and damp in the afternoon.

As promised we now are able to show you the nameplates which have been produced for our newest coach which we can now confidently report is to be called 'mavis' ! The photo above shows the plates which are very impressive!

The 'Shay' and 'Thunderbox' have been checked over, started up and given a trundle up and down the shed sidings to ensure they are in good order, which they are. The Shay's rear lamp is just about finished, ready for fitting and painting (or painting and fitting?)

The new control panel for 'The General' is coming along nicely as the photo shows and is now fitted in the loco ready for final connections...

The General's new control panel Photo: Brian M

...and finally, hopefully for the last time this Winter, some more views of the railway in the recent snow and frost

All photos by John Pond 30th January 2020