Sunday, 29 August 2010

Birthday Times !

Our Honourable Treasurer achieved the 'Magic 70' last Wednesday and very generously threw a Birthday Party at the ALR on Saturday evening for quite a few of his many friends. We all had a great time, enjoying a delicious Hog Roast, the odd drink or two (or maybe more?), a few train rides ('General', 'The Shay' and 'Sergeant' had a wander round), and much hilarity. The weather was extremely kind and so a great evening was had by all.
Thanks Al !

Alan prepares to tuck into one of the biggest (& nicest !) pork pies we have sampled, kindly donated by one of our members !!!

The 'Hog' smoking nicely !

Guests enjoying the 'Party ambience' !

'General' approaches the platform full of happy party goers, with young Ben driving and Dad guarding!

The Shay about to set off

Meanwhile, the new loco pit progresses, more gardening is being done, the 'fitting out' of the new running shed continues, final signal installations continue, and we look forward to our next Open Day, this coming Sunday, September 5th.....we hope to see you there!
Trains will be running from 2 til 5.

All photos: Brian M

P.S. On Saturday we were treated to the wonderful sight of three, yes three, Buzzards working the skies above the railway. These superb fliers are breeding in the area now we hear, and at least one of the three, we think, must be this year's offspring.

Monday, 16 August 2010

August Update

Aubrey enjoying his Driver Experience session with 'Lucille' on Saturday 13th August.
Photo: Brian M

Hi there......lots going on this spite of holiday absences !.....

Our August Open Day was an enjoyable one with a good attendance (thank you!), and good weather. We were nicely busy but not rushed off our feet so it was good that everything behaved enabling everyone to enjoy the afternoon. Following a suggestion by one of our Ladies, we have started to have a 'picnic' session after we have cleared away on Open Days so those of us who want to bring along some nibbles, sit, relax, have a drink and a chat can do so, nice idea!

We have concreted the base to the new loco pit at Laurel sidings which will enable us to construct the concrete block walls and get the pit ready to use.

Pit concreting in progress on Saturday 13th August.
Photo:Brian M

We are fitting levers to replace the handbrake wheels on the coach sets which should give a firmer and quicker hold when required. Some rewiring to the alarm systems is also in progress..

'Jonesy' working on 'Doris'
Photo: Brian M

On Saturday afternoon a lucky man, Aubrey, came along to have a go at driving a steam loco on one of our Driver Experience sessions, which he and his family and friends thoroughly enjoyed (we did too!). Big smiles all round, and what a lovely afternoon for it !.

Aubrey oils round guided by Alan & Ben
Photo: Brian M

We were also busy with tree and bush trimming, track maintenance and fitting out of the new shed at Laurel Sidings so we can move the locos down there permanently. The plan is to use Laurel Sidings as the running shed where locos will be prepared and disposed of, and where we can make up the train sets ready to come straight into the platform, when required, via the 'layby siding', rather than changing locos at the platform.

Our Social Secretary has been trying to organise a 'Fish & Chip' Supper on the Mid Norfolk Railway, but unfortunately this had to be cancelled as we could not get enough people to attend , so instead, 21 of us enjoyed a very nice meal at a local 'hostelry' last Friday evening......excellent. We should do that more often !!!

Finally we are taking our Display stand to the 'Flying Pigs Eastern Rail 2010' exhibition on Sunday 22nd August. This exhibition, being held at the Neatherd High School in East Dereham, is for '0' Guage railway modelling and above (up to 71/4" ) and will be open from 10.30 to 16.30, maybe we'll see you there !