Sunday, 18 March 2012

Recent progress

This is our Rodger, our unsung hero, tirelessly working away in the top of the Workshop on Lucille:
Photo: Brian M

Hi There
The pace is increasing now as we approach our 2012 Operating Season with our first Birthday Party booked for 31st March, so lots going on !
Brackers & Ray have rebuilt the flat crossing at Birchwood Junction as Brackers was not 100% happy with it, so yesterday we ran some more trains over it, including 'General', 'The Shay' and 'Sargeant' with a 3 car set, and the two blue coaches. The crossing feels fine and very smooth so smiles all round. This also gave us a chance to test the signals and points operations as well. All the railway signs have now been placed in position too.

Work continues with the rebuilding of 'Lucille' and the construction of 'Nelson' which is now receiving its bodywork and beginning to look like a loco !.

Attention is being given to the electric chimney fans used to get a good draught through the steamers when lighting up, and Keith, helped by our two Junior members has installed a power supply to Woodpecker Lodge, as we plan to use this for ice cream sales this year.
We have also obtained some CCTV equipment which was being 'fettled' for use (eventually we should add!) as the signalmen need to have visual confirmation as to which train is coming onto the Back Straight off Lake section, so they can determine whether its a 'platform' working or a 'Den' trip !
We should also soon (?) have a 'home' signal on the main line to protect the Laurel sidings tracks, and a 'ground disc' controlling the exit of trains from those same sidings! (not that there's any pressure Brackers!)

We have also obtained a 'multi purpose' gardening tool, which Richard seems delighted with! It will prune, strim, and chop the various vegetations that we have to deal with on the railway. Methinks 'twill get lots of use !

Richard admires the new 'multi purpose garden tool' (or is he wondering how it all fits together?)
Photo: Brian M

The lake seems to be holding its level well ever since it was deepened and since John put an overflow surface water drain into it from the Farmhouse front pond that takes all the roof rainwater.
We have regraded the banks with the help of a digger and the area has been tidied up and grass seed liberally spread to hopefully green up the lakeside area!

Richard & Alan levelling and seeding at the bridge (James supervising!)
Photo: Brian M

There are a pair of ducks on each pond too so we could see some real ducklings this year instead of those plastic ones that lived there last year !