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 !