Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Summertime !

Well, we can't complain that we didn't get any Summer this year, it's been really hot these last few days, and even though we haven't seen much rain, the trees and bushes have never grown so fast. So several days have been spent lopping trees, and trimming bushes as some of them are really getting too big now and we need to keep trimming them to give good views across the site and to make future maintenance easier. A shredding machine capable of mulching up to 6" logs has been called in to help dispose of the trimmings!

The 'MightyMulcher' in action near the turbine.
Photo: Brian M
We took our publicity stand to a Model Railway Exhibition in Neatishead Village Hall, (very smart! ), just over the road!!!! the other Saturday, when John and Richard met some very nice, mostly local people who didn't know the ALR existed....... they do now !!!! We hope to see some of them next Sunday 4th September which is our penultimate Open Day for this year, when we will be running trains from 2 til 5 pm, weather permitting.

Some great American truck models
Photo: Ricardo
We had a Play Day last Saturday, when we had some fun! Our 'Footplate Experience' candidate enjoyed his day, although we don't think he was expecting to drive a steam loco, as when he saw 'Hotspur', he asked if it was a diesel !!!!!!!.His family called in after lunch and enjoyed several trips round the circuit, as did the Cottage's holidaymakers, so lots of happy people. We ran several trains with General, The Shay. Lucille, Nelson, Viceroy and Chieftain all coming out for a run round or two,. then Fish and Chips for tea. Excellent......a really enjoyable day
Apart from that, not a lot to report with just the usual things going on, a tweak here, a tweak there, all to keep everything in order. The Boys did a great job fabricating a new blastpipe connection on 'Hotspur' which has cured the loco's reluctant steaming habit, so this much loved (mostly!) Club loco is fully operational again!!!!!!

'Hotspur' coming down the ramp on its way back to the shed after the blastpipe works
Photo: Brian M

Our Winter job list is beginning to mount up, so plenty for us to do so we won't get bored !!!!

Until next time........TTFN