Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Happy LOR visitors !

The fun about to start! Photo: Ken Gilham
Happiness is ? ready to go !
 Photo: John Pond
(with apologies to The Lady, our Reporter didn't intend to photograrf your dererriere!)

We were delighted to be able to welcome some 14 Little Orchard Railway people on a reciprocal visit to the ALR on Saturday (25th) for an afternoon's fun and food! (if you haven't been to the Little Orchard, you should, it's well worth it ! (www.littleorchardrailway.com). 
After a tour round the circuit behind General and Nelson to see the layout of the ALR, we handed several of our visitors the 'reigns' over the course of the afternoon, so they could experience driving our locos around our (slightly longer than theirs) circuit ! ... which of course they did  !

 Nelson takes one of our visitors along the Back Straight

                    and over the bridge. Photos: John Pond

 Think Rex has it all under control! Photo: John Pond

 Luke (with Dad looking anxiously on) about to take General around the circuit !
Photo: Ken Gilham

So the afternoon saw The General, Nelson, Hotspur, Thunderbox, Sergeant and Lucille all happily pottering around with various drivers of varying abilities, but they all managed very well, even the Juniors, so a good time was enjoyed by all. We had a break mid play for some tea and cake, then later on we all enjoyed a superb BBQ and yummee afters, accompanied by a magnificent, (ha ha!) food wetting, canopy moving storm !
 Kevin even brought his superb warship with smoke and rotating guns !
Photo: John Pond


Thursday, 23 August 2012

This 'n that

Hello there, not a lot to report at this time, work continues with 'Isabel' with the tender footplate more or less complete, and work now progressing to sort out the water pump from the tender and injector feeds so we can fill the boiler when firing up more easily. Ray has checked out and updated the tender chassis and wheels so all is well, and there's the brake rodding to reposition so we can drop the fire easily. Hopefully we will be able to see the loco in action in the nearish (?) future !
Dave is fitting a fan into 'Nelson's bonnet to help cool the Eaton hydrostatic drive, and has placed a time limit of an hour or so of running so as not to get the loco overheated. All our other locos are servicable, which is good as we are welcoming the Little Orchard Boys & Girls on Saturday for a 'fun' afternoon, and they are looking forward to having a drive on our circuit, which could be interesting!. We also have a couple of visiting locos in September which we are looking forward to and which we will report on in due course.

 What have you lost Boys ? Hotspur coming into the station..gingerly? 
Photo: Chris Denson

....and talking of visitors we had a very enjoyable afternoon yesterday when John Berry came along with one of the North Norfolk Model Engineers younger members, Alice with her Dad, Chris. Alice, who is 11, is learning the 'ropes' up at Holt and John asked if we could let her experience a bigger and different railway to the one she is used to at Holt. No problem we said, so John's 'Toby' came along too and as Alice is being trained on electrically powered locos at the moment, she is used to the controller on The Tram. So after riding round the circuit behind General and having the signals and other ALR basics explained to her, she took control of this lovely little loco, and with John as Conductor behind her, she drove round the circuit ! She was a very happy girl and Dad was quite proud of his daughter too ! Think they'll be back!

  Alice and 'Toby' coming along the Home Straight with 'Conductor' John
Photo: John Pond

We took the opportunity of firing up 'Hotspur' to give some of our Gang more driving experience,

 Our two Junior members ready to go with 'Hotspur' and 'Toby'.
Photo: Chris Denson

 Our members take their turn with Hotspur with Keith in charge on this circuit, with Barry, James and yours truly also taking over the controls during the afternoon.....
Photo: Chris Denson

.....and Ken brought 'Sargeant' out for a run round too.

 Photo: Chris Denson

So after a good morning's work gardening and doing track and signal maintenance and stuff, we had a nice afternoon 'playing'. Excellent, and the sun was shining too !


P.S. It looks as though we may have 'Toby' appearing at our next Open Day on Sunday September 2nd !

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Singing in The Rain !

 'Nelson' comes through the lake cutting with five on ! Photo: Brian M
Our August Open day was fun in the wet ! Did we have some rain ?. Yes we did, twice and very wet stuff it was too, but nevertheless the 'British Spirit' prevailed and we ran trains for those enthusiastic visitors who made the trip to see us (or our trains!). Thank you, it must be the Olympic Spirit that's affected us all, wow, aren't we doing well ?
So Thunderbox, The Shay, Hotspur, General, and Nelson gallantly hauled trains all afternoon, rain or shine and we had a good time. Lucille was stopped due to injector problems but should be easily fixed. 
In the morning , Nelson was given the task of hauling a 5 car set almost full and the loco did OK, tis a good little worker but gets a bit tetchy if we run it for too long (cooling fan to be provided and a heavier grade oil in the Eaton sump, we think.)
The other 'first' was model boats being sailed from the new pontoon on the lake which as the photos show, is a super addition to the ALR's facilities (there is talk of a Club boating section for those members who have or want a model boat!!!!). So we now want to know where the landing strip will be !!!!!!!!)

Our Junior members trying out boats on the lake from the new pontoon. Photo: Brian M


Thursday, 2 August 2012

Sunday 5th August Open Day

Hi there, just to let those of you who may be coming specifically to see the MG cars on Sunday, unfortunately, due to 'unforseen circumstances', we are only expecting about 5 or 6 cars to be visiting. Apologies for that, but we hope you will still come to see us, all our usual locos should be out and about, you can treat yourselves to an ice cream, or a cuppa, and have a relaxing time enjoying the surroundings. Trains will be running from 2 til 5 pm.


P.S. We have ordered good weather but cannot be liable should this not be the case (we have lots of brollies!)