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!