Thursday, 30 October 2014

Baby It's Dark Outside!

Well it is, very early, now that the clocks have been put back, but it's still very mild so that's a good thing.We are putting things away and getting into our Winter maintenance routine now. The steam locos are drained and tucked up cosy and warm in the top workshop, along with Nelson and a coach just in case we want to do some running while the track to Laurel Sidings is severed whilst we install the longer siding there. We are also going to put in a couple of sidings to the rear of the loco shed for additional storage, which will also give extra 'steaming' roads on Open Days when there are several steam locos being fired up!. There will also be a short siding installed off Track 1 to accommodate the wagons so they can be 'got out' at any time without having to move stock out of the shed.
The biggest job at the moment is to remedy the damage done to the track, signal and pointwork electrics, following a severe electrical storm we experienced about three weeks ago.The Guys are slowly working through the system to see what has 'blown' and starting to put the damage right, could take a while !
The signs are all inside and the Gnomes are happily cosy and warm in the shed now. Wagon maintenance is underway and Viceroy's bodywork is receiving a paint makeover into a very smart sort of  'Somerset and Dorsetish' dark blue. Other bits and pieces have been checked over so this fine little loco will be fit to for use on the railway once the driving tender wheels are turned, but that's another story!
Horticultural works continue with more trimming and pruning, some planting and weeding has been done and JP is letting some of the grassed areas grow into 'wild flower' places which hopefully will attract more birds and wildlife!

Think that;s about all for now, take care.


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Busy October Finale

Our members enjoying their prestart refreshments in the lovely, warm sunshine!
Well, did you do us proud on Sunday! Thank you all for coming and making that lovely sunny, Sunday afternoon one of the best ever !!! We had a great afternoon, and for once we were 'overflowing' with locos, thanks to the Halesworth and the North Norfolk Boys bringing along their locos. The Sweet Williams enjoyed their time with us again, and the Tobys were amazing, hauling a three car set, what power these locos have! So there was a good variety of locos out and about with our resident Isabel, Lucille, General, Thunderbox, Nelson, The Shay and Sergeant all coming out to play! 
So lots of happy, smiling people enjoying our last Open Day of the year with lots of teas, coffees cakes etc being consumed, along with all the ice creams (fridge is empty!). We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and it was nice to have some time to chat to people too....marvelous!!!!!

                                                                             Sweet Williams being prepared

Isabel entering 'Den' section
General runs through as Isabel's next train loads

                                                                                                                                                        See you next year Folks !!!!!! but we will keep you up to date with what we are up to (mostly!) through the winter months.....take care.....and keep smiling !!!!!!!!


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Tis October !

Hello...this year is disappearing fast, and this coming Sunday sees us holding our last Public Open Day for this year, when there should be plenty going on....we have John and Dudley bringing their excellent Tram locos again to impress us with their power (and hopefully bring a few smiles to some youngster's faces?), and the Halesworth Boys are coming to help out with their lovely 'Sweet William' locos, which enjoy a romp around our slightly longer run than their usual one ! And, all our three steam locos are serviceable (well they were yesterday, so hopefully they won't get the sulks on Sunday?), so with the rest of the ALR loco stud ready to go we should have a good afternoon, hope to see you there!
Remember trains will be running from 2 til 5 pm, weather permitting (and the forecast looks OK), and you can have a cuppa, a cake or even an ice cream  if you fancy one !