Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Busy, busy at the ALR !

Lots going on at the moment, must be the Spring like weather that's lifted our spirits !

On the trackwork front, we have been busy over the last few weeks making and laying some additional storage tracks, including not one, but two 3 way points! The work includes the provision of a siding to accomodate a full loco inspection and ash drop pit which should make life a lot easier for our loco crews. The photo shows Dave laying in the sections of track for this siding, and the pit will be constructed in the bottom left hand corner where it has been provisionally set out.
Inspection pit siding in progress Feb 2010. Photo: Brian M

The Shay has now received a 'scratchbuilt' rear lamp to match the front one, which has built into it the option to show a white or a red light (LED's). Geoff now knows why it took 10 years for Edwin to build this super loco ! While we were at it, we could not resist fitting two miniature water buckets that have been donated to us that we think look the part !The Shay with new rear lamp and buckets. March 2010 Photo: Brian M

Refurbished signs are appearing on the railway as the original ones are refurbished with plastic lettering that we hope will be more weatherproof.

The new entrance signs in place March 2010 . Photo: Brian M

Sergeant is receiving some attention with work in progress fitting a braking system so this loco can haul a coach, giving us another variation for our visitors to try!
Work also continues in the workshop (keep going Ray nearly there!) to provide 'Titan' with larger diameter wheels so this loco can be fully fit for use this year.

We are also gearing up to carry out the annual maintenance of our buildings and fencing with the application of some more green and cream!, and we have noticed that the weeds are coming to life......great!!!!

Finally, quite a few of us spent time in and around Sheringham this week to witness the formal opening of the main line connection to the North Norfolk Railway (Thursday), which was followed by a three day steam celebration. Pete Waterman carried out the formal opening from an open topped double decker bus, whereupon the loco and its five coach train (and following Class 37) moved slowly forward to the sound of detonators, whistles and cheering crowds. The photo shows 'Oliver Cromwell' approaching Beeston Common on its arrival in Sheringham at 14.10 on the Thursday.
We look forward to seeing further interesting arrivals onto the NNR from the mainline network!

'Oliver Crowell' approching Sheringham at Beeston Common March 11th 2010 Photo: Brian M

Phew! TTFN....