Friday, 26 August 2011

A 'Work and Play' weekend !

It's not all about 'working' on the railway, we do have some 'social' fun too! For instance last Saturday evening some 15 of us went across to the Mid Norfolk Railway and enjoyed a tasty supper on a 'Fish and Chip 'Pig' Express' train organised by our Friends of the 'Flying Pigs' reknown!!!! One of the MNR's Class 101 DMU's was chartered (it was even showing 'Fakenham' on the destination blind !!! excellent, if only!) and we tootled down to Wymondham Abbey meeting the other F & C Special on its way back to Dereham hauled by ex GWR 0-6-0 pannier tank No 9466 at the Thuxton passing loop, looking very smart in its black livery. (Well respect where it's due even if it is Great Western !) There was a bar on board and a raffle was held during which several good prizes were collected by the happy travellers. It was a really good night with a great atmosphere, and it's good to see the Mid Norfolk Railway purposely moving forward and improving all the time.

...and then to Sunday, when we took our publicity display stand to the 'Larger Scales Model Railways' exhibition held at East Dereham and organised by the 'Flying Pigs' Group. A good variety of layouts and trade stands attended, giving a pleasant, if quiet day for our Guys who were able to chat to the visitors, another good opportunity to meet up with old friends and to make new ones!

Meanwhile back on the 'work' front, we have completed the installation of the dedicated ALRC water main into the Clubrooms, painted the inside of the 'chicken shed', oops sorry, Ticket Office, (hope you approve Ladies, much brighter now eh?), more work on completing the telephone installations over on the Lake section, we have had the piston plates off 'Lucille' ground down as they were a bit 'uneven', and new cylinder gaskets are being made up, and on Wednesday there was even a 'where shall we put the bridge' gathering by the lake following which some orange paint has appeared in the grass together with some sticks poking out of the ground, so things are starting to happen on that front, it seems !, and further work continues on the track circuiting installation and improvements. Oh and a bit more weed spraying, bush/tree trimming, and grass cutting has been done. Think that brings you up to date, see you soon........


P.S and talking of Flying Pigs reminds us that there is one over on the North Norfolk Railway at the moment! Yes, LMS Ivatt 4MT 2-6-0 No 43106 has arrived and will be out and about on this lovely line until the end of September. The loco which used to work over the old M & GN line through Sheringham, will hopefully take part in the NNR's Steam Gala (Sept 2nd to 4th), and the 40's Weekend (Sept 17-18th). Excellent, will be worth a look!

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