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, (, 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