Thursday, 4 August 2016

Now it's August !!

'Old Time' ALR Station fence advertisement
Photo: Brian M

Hello, so it's almost time for our August Open Day, this Sunday 7th August, from 2 til 5 pm, weather permitting, and hopefully it will be OK. We are just about ready, all our locos are serviceable and we have a visiting loco from the Norwich Club, Mike Riches' diesel, 'Tog The Tug', so it should be a good afternoon.

'Viceroy' having some fun with the ALR Boys in Suffolk
Photo: Brian M
We had a great day out last weekend when we had an invite to visit a very interesting railway in deepest Suffolk, where we were made very welcome, and when another ALRC first was created, as we took one of our locos, 'Viceroy' for a day out. This is the first time we have taken one of our locos to another railway! The loco performed very well, (apart from the controller sulking after getting a bit wet during a very heavy downpour!), mixing very well with several other very interesting locos from the Chelsmford Club, and we were very pleased with our first outing with one of our locos. So a good time was had, we made some new friends, and renewed some 'old' ones, and generally had an enjoyable time !!!!!
We have been quite busy, (understatement.... exceptionally busy!) in the gardening department as everything is just leaping away this year, never known it to grow so quick, you can almost see it growing ! We have had to 'demolish', professionally by our local 'tree surgeon', a fir tree alongside the path near the 'Ice Cream Parlour', last week, as it was outgrowing its welcome. Amazing how well the trees and bushes have flourished since they were planted. They obviously like where they live,and why wouldn't they ??????
We regularly see our two 'resident' Buzzards as they patrol the adjacent fields 'squeaking' to one another, a lovely sight.....
Yesterday we welcomed the nice Folks from the Springfields Miniature Railway at Spalding, who came over for a look round to see how we do things and to swop ideas, think they were impressed ! another enjoyable day We look forward to a visit to their railway to see how this developing attraction is coming along, Early days yet but lots of interesting projects in mind, it seems.
The families staying in the holiday cottages were also treated to a ride round with 'Chieftain' in charge, so all everybody was happy !


Photo: Mark Reavell