Monday, 4 June 2012

Some You Win, Some You Lose !

Nelson comes into the flag bedecked platform during the Village Jubilee session. 
Photo: Brian M 
What a week!, full of contrast, some good, some not so good, but, hey, this is England and how boring it would be if all the days were the same? Last Saturday we had a very pleasant and relaxed session when we opened up the railway as part of the Ashmanhaugh Village Jubilee Celebrations. There was a good turnout of village people (do you remember them!), who all enjoyed the chance to come along and have some rides, enjoy a cuppa and a chat, very pleasant (we even picked up another Birthday Party booking, and a possible increase in our membership !!!!!)
Thursday evening saw our friends from the Norfolk Railway Society visiting the ALR once more to catch up on the latest progress. Some 30 folks turned up to enjoy a most enjoyable, and again, relaxed, sunny, evening! The Society's venerable headboard was brought along (The Norfolk Railway Society Special), and proudly worn by The General and The Shay during the evening. The board, we understand, dates back to the 50's when it was used on local line 'specials', so we were honoured to be able to display it on our 'Specials' ! (that's another job for the list Chaps ? !!!)
General about to depart with the NRS headboard
Photo: Mike Fordham

Saturday saw a much better day, weather wise, fortunately, for the lucky little chap who was having his Birthday Party on the ALR. There was a good turnout of friends and family, so we were kept busy giving them all rides around the circuit for their two hour session.
Then to cap off a busy week, Sunday's Open day was a bit of, no, a lot of a flop! It rained and rained and rained all day, so understandably in view of the weather, (we nearly cancelled !) and all the other Jubilee events taking place (what a shame for them all), not a lot of people turned up, but a big thank you to those that did, and we ran some trains for them using Hotspur, Thunderbox, The General and Nelson.....and lots of 'Brollies'!!!!!! So an early finish was called for as it went 'quiet' at about 4 pm, and after tidying up, off we all went home to dry out and (?) relax.......
This coming weekend some of our members are heading off to Kidderminster for our annual 'Boys Weekend Away', so more on that when we get back, but in the meantime, keep smiling, summer's not tooooo far away!
 Hotspur heads back into the platform with another Village Jubilee train
. Photo: Brian M