Friday, 20 July 2012

And it's still raining !

 Paul with his Hunslet all ready to go! Photo; John Pond

Hello again, blimey, what a Summer !, When will we see some lovely warm sunshine ? Still, it could be a lot worse, just got back from Northumberland and they have had a lot more wet than us here in Norfolk, so we should be thankful. Let's hope the weather picks up for the children's summer break !

But, needless to say we have been doing what we can in between the showers, and we had a welcome visitor this week as Paul Whitfield of the Brighouse & Halifax Club, came to stay in one of the holiday cottages, bringing with him his smart trailer which contained his lovely Hunslet Badger. (He had asked if this would be OK before he came !) So the loco, along with his two coaches were unloaded on Saturday and trundled up to Triangle Junction enabling the set to be turned to face the right way, following which we had some fun and drove a few circuits ! Excellent!, What a lovely little loco this is, immaculately finished and a very willing performer, we were very impressed ! The loco did some more trips on Wednesday (managed to do some 15 miles in all !!!!) before all was loaded back into Paul's purpose built trailer for the trip back to Bridlington on Friday. 

 Badger stands outside Laurel Sidings Shed ready for some more fun.
 Photo: Brian M

On the 'work' front, we are busy making some new road direction signs for use on Open Days as our existing ones have passed their 'sell by' date.

John finishing off the new road signs in the workshop Photo: John Pond
 Little rodents, ants, and we think, electrical storms have caused some problems with point and signal operations, so Brackers and Ray have been trying to put them right. Final work is being completed on 'Nelson' which includes front and rear lights, cooling fan, and a rear frame (to stop some of us falling off, complete with arm rest!), and the permanent alarm box and wiring is being fitted, Work continues with the footwell changes on Isabel and Hotspur is being tested to ensure all is well before being steamed up again after its little mishap the other week! Oh, and of course there is still much gardening to do !!!!!!!

 Dave tinkering with 'Nelson' on the original small pit outside the workshop
Photo: John Pond

The two entrance gates have been re-stained in our 'corporate' green, so the redecs are now well advanced with the signal box, and associated fencing, and the ticket office, all complete. 

Happy Paul & Hunslet on the circuit.    Photo: Brian M

P.S. Don't forget that we are expecting the local MG car Clubs to attend our next Open Day on Sunday August 5th, so maybe we'll see you then ? Hope so.

Bye for now