Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Time's Flying by !!

So it's almost August, blimey, where is this year going to ????? We are keeping busy and although we are not complaining, it has been hot, just like a 'proper' summer!!!!, so some of our 'old bones' have been struggling a bit, but there we are, we often say "if only we had started this railway 10 or 15 years earlier" !!!!!

We had some good 'Isabel' advice from Brian B the other week, (many thanks Brian, much appreciated) and so we are obtaining some stronger springs for the rear axle which it seems should solve the 'timing' problem as there is too much rear axle movement and the rear wheelset is not level. So hopefully once these are fitted she will be 100% again, lovely loco!
Hotspur has been trundling round on running in sessions as we get to know this 'new' loco's traits, she certainly wants to steam. We are ready for Brian Reading to come along and carry out the tests required in order for the loco to be 'certificated', so she will be available for general use. So, the prospect of us having 3 steam locos in action is almost (I did say almost, this is the ALR don't forget!!!!) a reality!

The ramp being assembled in the workshop
Our new offloading ramp is almost complete (well done Engineering Boys!) and the 'Civil Engineering Team' have completed the bases, so once the ramp is painted and the base concrete 'cured', we can install the item and test it !!!!! It will be positioned on the track next to the signal box just behind the gate so trailers can be reversed up to it and stock rolled down onto the track.

and that's where it's going!

We are trying to keep up with the gardening as the greenery is still romping away, and track tweaking continues, plans are afoot to construct the track sections required for the Laurel Sidings headshunt soon, so this job can be got on with after our last Open Day on 5th October
We have been promised by John and Dudley, a visit by their two tram engines on our October Open Day, so we are looking forward to seeing these lovely little, but powerful locos around the circuit (much to the delight of the visiting youngsters no doubt, who'd have thought they would see not one but two Toby's again!!!!! )

Looking forward to our next Public Open Day this coming Sunday (3rd August) when we will be running trains from 2 til 5 pm, weather permitting (and the forecast looks OK at the moment!), maybe we'll see you then?



Monday, 28 July 2014

May we have your attention please ?

Could we just remind those of you who would like to come and look around our railway, (and we are always pleased to show off  our 'creation'!), that we would be grateful if you would contact us first (info@ashmanhaughlightrailway.co.uk, or call 01603404263, thanks) so we can arrange a time and date that is convenient. The reason for this is that the ALR, a small private Club, is situated on private property and is only open to the General Public on our Open Days on the first Sunday of the months of May to October, and there have been several instances recently of people just driving in, expecting to be able to look around ! In addition there are two holiday cottages on the site, and 'Guests ' come to stay in the lovely cottages, expecting a quiet, peaceful break !
We hope we can rely on your co operation in this matter, as we are sure you wouldn't be too happy if  you had car loads of strangers coming up your drive for a look round your garden unannounced ???
Thank you......


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Hotspur steams !

A 'pleased as Punch'  Barry gently coaxes Hotspur out of the shed area with the loco's first steaming run.
We were delighted on Saturday (12th July) when Hotspur was steamed up for the first time following the fitting of the loco's new boiler. All was good with just one or two tweaks required,so big smiles all round with particular pats on the back to Ray H & Barry who have been involved with the major part of the work on the loco. 

The happy duo approaching the bridge
Photos: John Pond


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Sweet Steam !

Double headed final train on Sunday with 'Remus' and ' Little Olive'  in charge.
We had a great weekend, thanks to our Friends from the Halesworth Club who came across on Saturday with three steam locos, for a play! So our thanks to the Davids, Paul, Simon, Chris and Paul for bringing their two Sweet Williams, 'Holkham' and 'Little Olive', and the Romulus 'Remus' !.  Many good runs round were enjoyed and some of us had the chance to drive too, which was really good!!!  So, an excellent day which gave us chance to relax and enjoy seeing these lovely engines working their way around our track.

Relaxing fun on Saturday as our visiting locos get to know the route(s)
The Boys were more than happy to come back on the Sunday to help out with our Open Day, although, sadly, Dave had to return home with 'Little Olive' as she had suffered a problem with one of her crank pins which would need a bit of 'workshop' attention.
We were delighted also that 'Hotspur' was wheeled out into the sunshine on Saturday for the first time in a long time, with her new boiler and fittings almost ready for an air test, (on Wednesday, all being well).

Hotspur looking good and just about ready to go again.

We thought Sunday was going to be a bit of a disaster as it rained continually until gone 2 o' clock, at which time there was only us present !!! Fortunately, however, the weather picked up as the afternoon passed, and so did the number of visitors coming onto site, (thank you Folks!), so in the end, although it was quiet, plenty of rides were enjoyed behind a variety of locos with 'Remus' and 'Little Olive' performing solidly all afternoon, with help from our resident locos 'General', 'Nelson', 'Thunderbox' and 'The Shay' (briefly!). 
A nice relaxing afternoon with time to chat which is always good !!!!!

Our 'refreshing'  Ladies relaxing before the fun  starts!!!

The 'doubleheader' works its way through the station.


Friday, 4 July 2014

Visiting Engines

The Halesworth Boys 'tweaking' whilst playing at ours last year!
We are delighted that our Friends from the Halesworth Club, who visited us last July with their two 'Sweet Williams', are coming again this year.....on Saturday (and maybe Sunday!), and it is possible that there will be a third loco which we understand to be a Romulus, so we are looking forward to that, should be a fun day !!!! Then if everybody is happy, they may stay over for the Sunday when they can help us with our next Public Open Day, on Sunday 6th July remember, 2 til 5, most things running except 'Isabel', she is not quite well enough yet !!!
We had a good day on Wednesday and all of our stock is serviceable, so as long we don't break anything on Saturday, everything should be out and about on Sunday, maybe we'll see you then ????