Friday, 31 July 2015

Blimey , it's August now !!!! (just about)

Bob's interesting Romulus preparing for a run at Hemsby
Hi, can't believe how quickly this year is flying by, soon be 'you know what' !!!!!! time, so we have our 4th Public Open Day (we should really say afternoon???? ) this coming Sunday (2nd August, 2 til 5 pm). We have two visiting steam locos coming along to help us out and to provide some variety, (a 'Sweet William' and a 'Romulus', courtesy of Chris and Dave from deepest Suffolk!). We are looking forward to a good afternoon as the weather forecast is promising, so fingers crossed eh?
We have nearly finished the new lean to storage shed which just needs the door making (in progress!), and fitting, and then we can start to use it.....plenty of bush trimming going on, it's all still growing!!!! Richard, our Gardening 'guru' had a bit of a mishap last week when he slipped on the tunnel bank and did some damage to his knee which neccesitated an ambulance visit. The crew were impressive, when they saw the track, they wanted to know if the power was turned off and if there was a train likely !! (well, it could be arranged, we said!) They were excellent and got Richard sorted and into hospital where they have repaired the damage, and he is at home now twiddling his thumbs with his leg in plaster !!!, but in good spirits!!! Another of our members has just come out of hospital after an 'op', so he's out of action for a while, but knowing him he will be back on the scene soon!!! We wish them both well and a speedy recovery.

Views of the new storage facility!
Photos; Brian M


Quite a few of us popped over to Hemsby yesterday to the Parklands Railway for an enjoyable afternoon where there was a good variety of trains out, and a tasty BBQ to enjoy. Nice to see plenty of folks there from several Clubs including Norwich, Halesworth and, of course, Ashmanhaugh. So plenty of chatting going on in between train rides! Hopefully Brian B's lovely A3 isn't too seriously 'ill' following a piston siezure during the afternoon????


Monday, 13 July 2015

July update

General receiving attention
Hi, just back from a few days away, in North Norfolk, lovely!!!, so just to bring you up to date.....Lucille had a successful inspection and steam test on 1st July, so she's 'good to go' for another year, but Isabel is very unwell and needs some work to stem a steam leak adjacent to the firehole door, so, unfortunately this loco will be 'resting' for a while.
We welcomed our Friends from the Norfolk Railway Society on the evening of Thursday 2nd July, for their 'annual visit', and an enjoyable evening was had by all, several trains were out, the kettles were kept busy and plenty of chatting was enjoyed. Thanks for coming Folks, always good to see you!  
Then on Sunday 5th July we had our latest Open Day, although at one stage we were on the verge of cancelling as it was chucking it down, seriously !!!! but, we decided to hang on until 1 pm and see what the weather forecast promised promised  drier weather  so we decided to go for it, and it turned out to be quite a nice afternoon in the end. So, good decision, and thanks to all you nice visitors who came along, it was good to see you all, (and the bonus was that queues were nice and short !). We were especially pleased to welcome several prominent members of FOND (Friends of Norfolk Dialect) who had come along wanting to inspect the 'Squit Mine' entrance we had found ! A special train conveyed them to the site, where they were able to wonder at this unexpected find, and photos were took ! Think they were impressed, and wanted to know when we would be selling Victoria Sponge cake next so they could re visit then!!!

The entrance to Squit Mine No 1
We ran several locos during the afternoon, including General (with its new digital controller and handset, courtesy of Ride On Railways), fitted by the Guys and tested the day before), Thunderbox charged round nearly all afternoon as did Chieftain, The Shay came out to play, as did Nelson, Viceroy and Sergeant.  
Hotspur was steamed up, but was sulking so she was put away, in disgrace, the Medium Sized Controller was not happy, as some of our visitors wanted a ride behind the loco, sorry Folks ! So apart from that, all in all, a good afternoon was enjoyed by all......
Work has started on the construction of the lean to storage 'building' adjacent to the loco shed which will house coaches and wagons as the carriage shed is getting quite full (so where will I put my lovely American loco when I win the Lottery!!!! I ask ?????? can't possibly tell you what THEY say to me about that!!!!!!)....and of course the usual on going maintenance and gardening work continues......