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