Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Merry Christmas !

Ho ho ho!  Merry Christmas !

Joyeux Noel !
                        Buon Natale !
                                                God Jul !
                                                                   Vrolijk Kerstfeest !
                                             Vesele Vanoce !
Feliz Navidad !
                             Frohe Weinachten !
                                                                       Feliz Natale !

                                                           Happy Christmas !

We would like to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
from all the ALR Gang !

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Pre Christmas Fun !

General waiting in the Layby Siding ready for a run.
Hi there, we were very pleased last week when record number of members, and their families met at a favourite local Hostelry, (the Brick Kilns Pub and Restaurant at Little Plumstead) to enjoy some lovely food and a very pleasant evening.(well done to all the staff there, and of course our 'Social Secretary for arranging it all!)
Chieftain about to depart with JP in the driving seat !

Yesterday we had a great turnout of Club members (16), for a bit of a Fun Day before we head off to do all the 'Christmas' stuff.... the lining out of the ticket office is almost complete with the final wall panels and beading to be fixed, then it will receive some paint treatment so it will all be posh for next year's Open Days. There may even be some cosy floor coverings !!!!!!! 
'Hotspur' is stripped down to its chassis and Ray has 'freed' the pistons which has allowed the wheels to turn, so now we will have a look at the motion and valve timing in the New Year to get the loco back into good running order.
Thunderbox with a short set! coming into 'Den' section with John driving
All photos: Brian M

There was a good selection of sausage rolls available (hot ones, thanks Jane and John !), plus mince pies and an assortment of nibbles to enjoy during the day, in between running a few trains. 'General' came out with its 'Class 31' sound unit performing well from the speakers that Graham has fitted, 'Chieftain' did a few laps (with its new little 'engineer' in the cab!), as did 'Thunderbox' which is now running well following the carburettor tweaks that the Boys 'engineered !
So an enjoyable day was had , as they say, by one and all!

Some of the Gang wondering what to do next !!!!


Thursday, 3 December 2015

It's December already!

Autumn at Ashmanhaugh

Hello.....time is flying by and another year is nearly over, so to make sure we are ready for next year's running!!!!, we are getting on with several jobs. We are pleased that 'Isabel' succesfully passed her Hydraulic and Steam tests on Wednesday, so she is 'certificated' again following her recent 'mishap'. Our thanks to Brian R and Charlie for their attentions, we are grateful for their time and expertise. We still have one or two things to attend to such as refitting tender springing after we changed her wheels, so the ride is smoother, together with one or two minor tweaks, then she can be settled down for the Winter. Lucille is OK, we just need to test that her electric water pump, fitted recently, is working OK, then she too can be 'wintered'. We are still having problems with 'Hotspur' unfortunately, with some locking up of the wheels for some reason that is not obvious, so the loco will have to be stripped down to the chassis so Charlie can take it away to determine what the problem is, hopefully not too serious ! Very frustrating as the loco has never been 'right' since we had it reboilered.....hey ho .
Thunderbox is having a serious carburettor upgrade, and hopefully will be fit for action again soon. 

'Thunderbox' receiving close attention in 't pit.
No major problems with the rest of the stock, so just routine maintenance over the Winter.
Trackwork tweaking continues with some sleeper replacement down by the lake, the signals are all in and being checked.
We have been very pleased to welcome Richard, out gardening 'Guru' back at the railway after his accident earlier in the year, he is mobile again and doing good! Two or three other members have been having 'medical' problems recently and all are attending and doing what they can, so it is good to see them, and hopefully their time at the railway will be a boost to them as the 'crack' has been very good recently! Must be the surroundings and all this mild weather ?????

...and on the subject of surroundings, we know we are very lucky to be able to play in such a lovely spot, so it was really good to see that the holiday cottages on site have once again reached the final three in the Norfolk Tourism Awards, at the annual, prestigious event held earlier in the week, so well done to Jane for all her hard work (& JP tooo of course!!!) So if you fancy staying in these superb Cottages, visit Jane's website for further details, (www.eastviewfarm.co.uk), and if you do come we would be delighted to show you round the railway and treat you to a ride !!!!!!!

Our Annual Christmas dinner will be held in a favourite local Hostelry next week, so we are looking forward to seeing most of our members, wives, partners, sons, daughters, friends etc etc etc, there, to enjoy another good night out!   We are also planning a 'minibus' visit to the Model Engineering Exhibition in January at the AllyPally in London, and are looking forward to a good old razzle round, trying not to spend too much on stuff that we don'r really need, but must have!!!! and we are lining up some more 'visiting loco days, together with some 'fun days' when we can all enjoy our railway.We are also taking our 'publicity' stand to various Model Railway exhibitions in the New Year and look forward to meeting up with friends old and new! and this evening (Thursday) we have been invited to the Norfolk Railway Society's 60th Anniversary celebrations, so looking forward to that too!!!! 
Think that's about all for now, phew !

All photos: Brian M