Monday, 29 October 2012

Autumn is here !

 Isn't Autumn a lovely time of year !!!!!! Here are a few views taken around the railway during the last week that we hope you like !


We have been quite busy too, but more of that later !


Friday, 19 October 2012

Last 2012 Open Day photos

Hello, just having a quiet moment (Ha Ha !) , so here are a few more photos of our Busy October Open Day trains !

 The Tobys with a full load approaching Laurel Sidings being expertly driven by Dudley.

The Cavalcade prepares !

                                                                             Busy, busy, ready to go !

 The Cavalcade around the Lake with Sargeant, Lucille, Thunderbox, General, Nelson, 
The Shay, Hotspur and The Tobys !

                       Here cometh the Trams, still going strong!

The End !
All photos : John Pond

Bye for now !

Friday, 12 October 2012

October Grande Finale !

 Open day queue eagerly awaiting a ride behind Hotspur with General approaching

Wow ! what a day we had on Sunday, our last Open Day for this year! Thank you all for coming, we were delighted that it was such a lovely day and everyone had so much fun ! We had all the stock out (apart from Isabel, who was very lonely in the shed! ) to try to keep the queues down, so all nine locos (The ALR 7 and the 2 Tobys, thanks again to John & Dudley for bringing them along) were out and about during the afternoon and were kept busy. The Grande Finale was a Grand Procession of everything right round the circuit, which was carried out with much merriment and laughter, it was quite a sight ! All stopped around the lake whilst JP got some once again many thanks to old Friends and new for coming to see us, we hope to see you all again next year when you will see some alterations and improvements to the railway.

Some of these have already has commenced with the third track installation scheme along the Back/Home straight with the edge boards in place for the new track alignment, and additional cabling is underway to the area in readiness for the new signal, points and CCTV installations (yep !!! you will need your nicest smiles and best side to the cameras next year!).

 New cabling work at the widened station entry trackbed
 Bush & tree trimming for the wider track bed
The timber has arrived for the new sleepers and signal gantry, and is being 'creosoted' as I write ! Coach maintenance has commenced with the two 3 car sets and the two 'Blues', Doris and Mavis completed. New wheels are required for the two car set, as the existing wheels were found to be well worn and starting to show signs of cracking (cast iron).

 Coach maintenance in progress 

Plans are afoot (is that a word?), to build two new coaches over the winter to help with the queues on Open Days, you will be pleased to hear!. One to match the existing wooden bodied ones (as the ex Little Melton sets) and a 'Blue' one to match the other two blues.(we need suggestions for a suitable name ?), and plans are in progress to build a longer wheelbase chassis for Lucille so she doesn't fall off so much (whatever do you put in her water you Guys?).
So, plenty for us to do and we'll keep you up to date with progress as the weeks roll by.

Oh, and our resident gnome contingent was increased over the weekend as one of their old mates from deepest Suffolk came to stay, thank you Folks, pleased you had such a good time! 

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

A clarification

Hi Everyone
We would just like to clarify that the ALR's Firework Night event is not open to the General Public but is a private event for Club members and their invited guests only.     Sorry !

Thank you

Monday, 1 October 2012

We move on, again!

We had a Member's meeting the other Saturday to talk about and agree one or two things, and we usually do ! One of those is quite exciting as we are to going to install a third track along the Home Straight coming back into the station so we will have three 'seperate' routes here, one from the lake, the other from Den section, and the line going out towards the Lake. This will take some of the pressure off the signalmen in allocating routes into the station, and preventing queues, but with crossovers installed so we still have complete flexibility as to where we can route trains, especially if we have a failure or breakdown along here, which does seem to be a popular spot for the 'Ashmanhaugh Gremlins' to strike ! So, materials are being ordered and work will start in earnest after our Firework Night on November 3rd. We are really looking forward to this improvement as with three tracks along here and another signal gantry, this will be quite impressive, especially as three trains could be seen here all at the same time!!!! There are also one or two other plans that we have which we will reveal in due course. (there's talk of installing CCTV cameras!!) 
We are going to be busy over the Winter !!!!!!

Hotspur looking good on our 10th Anniversary Day in May

Photos: Mark Revell

We have been working on Nelson to replace the broken rear axle which involves fitting a shorter one, and whilst we are at it we are doing the same to the front one too. New sight glasses and protectors are being obtained for Hotspur, and work continues on Isabel. We are also contemplating building another tender chassis for Lucille to make it more stable as we have had one or two derailments recently, due we believe to the very short tender wheebase of 15 ".
Once our last Open Day (THIS SUNDAY 7th OCTOBER !!!)  is over with, we start to get into the winter maintenance on the stock and locos, and as the 'list' doesn't get any shorter, there is plenty for us all to do.......


Hope to see you on Sunday !