Friday, 8 October 2010

Another busy week

The scene as the locos were being steamed up for their 'test' .

On Wednesday we welcomed Brian (71/4" Gauge Society President & Hemsby stalwart), & Reg (of Hemsby & 'Britannia' fame!) to the ALR to carry out the inspections and tests required on both our locos for their 'steam tickets' to be renewed. All went well, we are pleased to report and an interesting morning was enjoyed, culminating in a trip around the circuit for our 'guests' behind Hotspur. We also managed to rectify the lubricator, on Hotspur that had not been working properly, (or even at all ? for a while) thanks to Andy & Ray, and oil is now being sent to where it is required! We also found that air is getting into the smokebox which would explain the difficulty we have had in maintaining steam pressure on Hotspur for any length of time, so this now should also have solved that problem! So, all in all a good session!

Hotspur comes round past Bamboo Junction (see the sign?) after her steam test.

Hotspur with Brian & Reg enjoying a well earned ride coming past Birchwood Junction.

The boys have now also fixed the track over the new pit and Lucille did the honours by being the first loco to use it, as you will see from the photos. This facility is going to be a really useful asset to the railway as we will now be able to get right under the locos for inspections, maintenance and repairs.

Ray tries out the new pit (and approves!)

We have also started the winter maintenance of our track with some pointwork in the station area being uplifted for some rebuilding work. We are also making a metal paint cupboard in an attempt to start to organise our stores (good on yer Barry!) within the workshop area which can now be cleared out following the move of our locos into the Laurel Sidings running shed. We are also about to fix insulation to the underside of the Running Shed roof to prevent condensation forming during the Winter.

One of our new signs (at Cobnut Junction).
All photos: Brian M