Friday, 16 December 2011

Seasons Greetings !

We would like to wish all our followers and visitors a Very Happy Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2012. We hope to see you at some time during the year, but if you can't make it, keep up to date with what's happening at the Ashmanhaugh Light Railway by continuing to visit our website!
From all the ALR Gang !


Thursday, 8 December 2011

This'n That Time

View across the lake with proposed bridge location at about 2 'o' clock!

As we move forward into Winter, progress is being made on several fronts at the Railway. Work on the new bridge continues, with the foundations and abutment blockwork completed, and assembly of the steelwork sides coming on nicely. (in the workshop where it's nice and warm!!!) The decking tmbers have arrived so no excuse, should be done soon!

Bridge steelwork assembly in progress, 7th December 2011.

All the signals and signs have been taken into their Winter storage and the necessary maintenance will be carried out as and when. (we think that means, 'before the next Operating Days !')

We also now have an excuse to run a 'logging' train, as several weeks ago a quite large Ash tree decided it had had enough of this life, and collapsed near Cobnut Junction, but fortunately adjacent to the site boundary, so it didn't fall over the track (thank you!). So, plenty of logs for our hosts to enjoy for quite a while!

A 'fallen over' Ash tree study!
All photos: Brian M
We need to construct a 'leaf pen' too, so we can gather and compost the leaves and stop them from covering our lovely track! (put it on the list....which one? !!!)

Lucille is being re-assembled and The Shay is being 'un-assembled' so we can assess the remedial action required, and Hotspur is to have his/her tender cleaned out and sealed over the winter period.

The Shay minus its front truck drive rod on 7th December 2011

Our Christmas meal is booked at a local Hostelry and we plan to run a some 'Mince Pie Specials' on Wednesday 28th December for members, families and friends (as long as there isn't toooo much white stuff!


Friday, 2 December 2011

So what's this then?

Chassis progress in November Photo: Brian M & DJ

Deep down in the depths of the lovely Norfolk countryside just to the South of Norwich, we recently came across an interesting project being developed by one of our members. He's not giving too much away but from what he tells us it's going to be another loco for the ALR, 'Buggy' ! Using parts from a recently obtained electric powered disability 'scooter', and with some advice from our Yorkshire 'Spuggy' friends, he is currently putting the chasis together and working out how to do the rest! He's being very vague about what it will look like but promises that it will be 'different' with an interesting colour scheme!
Can't wait!