Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Work and play at the ALR

We held our annual Firework Night on Saturday night when a goodly sprinkiling of members, families and friends enjoyed some train rides behind General, Thunderbox, Sargeant and Nelson, before sampling some delicious soup, hot dogs and 'afters' including mulled wine, followed by a great firework display to round off the evening. The weather was kind and an enjoyable time was had by all !

 Nelson on work train duty with DJ loading up the wagon with ballast.

Meanwhile on the work front, the steamers have each been moved from the Laurel Sidings storage shed, up to the Workshop where they will spend the winter, warm and dry. Work is also proceeding well on the 'third track' scheme with the formation ballast layer laid and the manufacture of track panels and points coming along nicely. 

        John & Dave spreading ballast along the Back Straight.
                                                                                                         Brackers & Ken on point making duties in the workshop.
                                                                                                                                            All photos: Brian M

The new signal gantry timbers have been planed up to shape and are being painted. We have obtained a set of very smart new wheels for coach set 2 from The Enginers Emporium, and the lathe is busy preparing the newly obtained axle blanks for the wheels to be fitted. The chassis and bogie frames for our two new coaches have been fabricated by our friends at North Walsham (Lake & Nicholls) and will be delivered shortly. So, plenty to do !