Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The first loco crossing !

The well loaded 'test' train negotiating the bridge for the first time!
Photo: John Pond

Last Saturday was a momentous day for the ALR's new bridge, which was 'christened' in grand style by a well loaded train comprising 'The General' (in charge - well mostly!), hauling 'Thunderbox' and three well loaded coaches (oooohh, them there passengers do look nithered!) . All went well we are pleased to say ! It is rumoured that a speed limit sign will make an appearance shortly in this area (but for minimum not maximum speed!!!!!!)

"Steady as she goes Chaps"
Photo: John Pond

Work is also proceeding with two new signals (protection for Laurel Sidings), The Shay's new drive rod has been replaced (thanks Ray!), clearance checks will take place on Wednesday, the timber for the new fencing panels is being cut ready for assembly, Richard continues with his 'gardening' works, cutting here, trimming there! Some additional roof insulation has been fitted to Laurel siding shed to prevent condensation dripping onto the coaching stock from a translucent panel area.
We have also ordered the Loncin engine and Eaton drive for the ALR version of 'Spuggy'', that most popular loco that visited us last year and made such an impression! and the trackwork Boys have been and still are very busy replacing the new insulated fishplate joints with new material which is hoped will be longer lasting than the original stuff!
Oh yes and Hotspur's tender is now well 'bitumened', and the loco is ready for placing in Winter storage , for we will no doubt get some yet !

Think that's about all for now.........TTFN

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

More January Jobs

Lots going on while the weather is kind to us here in sunny East Anglia !.

Dave is progressing his chassis in the workshop for 'Buggy', the electric powered (hopefully!) loco that he is developing with parts obtained from a mobility scooter. He is a bit concerned as to whether the motor will be powerful enough, but we will see in due course !

and Ray is busy with his most favorite job ever, turning the wheels for 'Buggy' from blanks on our old and struggling a bit South Bend lathe!

The Boys have been scraping the paint or whatever coated the inside of 'Hotspur's' tender, so we can apply some new waterproofing (bitumen paint).

Dave thanks the Boys for a job well done !

Richard has been doing some leaf clearing in the 'green' tunnel area where they love to congregate. He has formed a leaf store so they can't escape back !

We have a plan to erect some more fencing from the platform end to the footpath crossing to make this area more people wander proof!

Final tidying up of the bridge area ballasting and soiling continues and the last decking planks are being fitted once they have been slimmed so as not to be higher than the rail tops (The Shay doesn't have a lot of ground clearance!).


Friday, 6 January 2012

Our new bridge takes place !

We have been very busy over recent weeks with the various tasks involved in 'building' our new bridge. Progress has been excellent due to the enthusiastic efforts of our members and we are very pleased to be able to show you photos of the bridge which is now in position. The final track replacement to each end of the bridge is being done and then the remainder of the decking can be fitted and the installation tested! Wow !

Brackers and Ray working on the track joints near the bridge section
All photos: Brian M

More exciting news soon !!!!