Thursday, 20 September 2012

September Snippets

With just one Open Day to go on Sunday October 7th, this season is rapidly disappearing over the horizon, but we still have one or two Birthday Parties booked, before we close down after our Firework Night for our maintenance works to be done over the winter period. 

 A happy Malcolm ready to go ! Photo: Brian M

Yesterday saw us welcome Malcolm, and later his family, to the ALR for a Driver Experience Session. Malcolm did very well with Lucille all afternoon, not always the easiest loco to keep going, and thoroughly enjoyed his time on the railway, as did his family, who later on, were treated to several trips round the circuit with Malcolm driving.
We also had a visit the other week from Tony Knowles, an 'old' friend from the Nottingham Club, who was staying in one of the Holiday Cottages for the week. Good to see him again, think he quite enjoyed himself !

Isabel was steamed up yesterday too, following the work that has been carried out recently, and all was well, with no major problems coming to light.(just one or two small ones! Ray now knows what still needs to be looked at), and the sound of her whistle was music to our ears as she competed with the BVR's whistles as their steam locos approached Belaugh Crossing just over the fields!

 The Boys enjoy a jocular moment (we're good at them!) whilst Isabel is being steamed up outside the workshop. 
Photo: Brian M

It was also good to see Roger, one of our members whose health has prevented him from coming to the railway for a while. He had a cuppa and a chat with the Gang, and then enjoyed a ride round the track behind Lucille, an engine that he knows intimately!
Gardening work progresses, as always, with some serious bush and tree trimming underway to keep the vegetation under control and sight lines 'open' !

Malcolm brings Lucille over the bridge with Roger and Alan enjoying the trip      
Think that's all for now !


Tuesday, 4 September 2012

September Fun !

Yes, tis September already and we're still having lots of fun ! 

 The loco being prepped by Michael and Ben on the workshop sidings
Photo: Brian M

 All ready to go ! Photo: M Coote

On Saturday we had another Birthday Party and a visit from a Shri Lankan M7 diesel, courtesy of Michael Coote from the Kings Lynn Club. Michael and Ben came along to have a run (or two) round our circuit, and once the usual pre start 'cuppa' and 'mardle' had been carried out, this lovely loco was unloaded, started up and an initial exploratory trundle of the circuit made by Michael and Ben. Some of you will have seen this impressive loco as Michael (another Society member) has taken it to various tracks around the country. We were very impressed with its performance and very realistic sound !

 Michael brings the loco along the back straight on his initial run. 
Photo: Brian M

So, thanks to Michael, we had to have a go too !

and I did, Happiness is ? Photo: M Coote

By then the Birthday Party folks were arriving and so we fitted up the M7 with a suitable coupler that enabled the loco to help out with the Party, which all added to the variety, and made for another enjoyable day.

 Ben brings the train round with the Birthday Party children
 awaiting excitedly ! Photo: Brian M


                                                                            The Birthday Party trains are away! Photo: Brian M

Sunday saw another busy and sucessful Open Day, (thank you all for coming!), with lovely weather seeing General, Thunderbox, The Shay, Lucille, Toby (thanks again John!), and Sergeant all doing their bit. Hotspur was stopped on Saturday, priming badly (or exceedingly well!) and so was unavailable (Wednesday job!).

 Toby ready for another trip with John B driving. Photo: John Pond

 View from inside the signal box. Photo: John Pond

So, just one more Open Day to go this year on Sunday October 7th, and then it's down to some serious tweaking over the winter, and we will have one or two serious and one or two not so serious tweaks to tell you about in due course !