Sunday, 18 December 2016

Merry Christmas

We would just like to wish everyone out there, wherever  you are.                                        
a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.....

From all the ALR Gang 

Happy Christmas !

Sunday, 4 December 2016

December update

Hi there, now it is December, and we are busy busy doing lots of things on the railway, there is always something to do !
We have procured (posh industry word for bought!) the replacement timber for the station signal gantry cross beam, which has now been shaped, you will note, (very artistically routed !), and painted with four coats of very high quality paint (cheers Ray), which should maintain the timber in good condition for a few years.

The newly painted cross beam ready to go into the shed until Spring
Pierre has been busy making some replacement point motor boxes out of a lovely shade of green plastic (thanks Dave via Chris!),which again should last a year or five ?

Pierre making up another green plastic point motor cover box
Leaves have been blown away, to disclose some track, only to return, (they must like it here! and who can blame them ?)  keep up the good work Guys.There is also, of course, some track tweaking going on!

Ray wondering what needs a tweak in the station area.
Coach servicing continues with newly installed block and tackle in the loco shed making the job of lifting so much easier, and safer ! and there is some lathe work going on to 'shoulder' axles for some new wheels to replace some quite worn cast ones on one of our sets.
The garden shed is receiving a well needed coat of preservative, well done Al, but Ray wouldn't like the colour ! (private joke!)

Mr B in painting mode
Oh and hey, really good news for Jane, as she won the 2016 EDP (Eastern Daily Press) Hoseasons Tourism Award for Best Self Catering Establishment for her lovely Plum Tree Cottage, during the Annual Awards evening held last week, when more than 200 guests from the Norfolk Tourism 'Industry' attended the event at Potters Holiday Resort. Well done to Jane for all her hard work and enthusiasm in achieving the very high standards that she has in her Holiday Cottages.(see ' for further details, and as railway enthusiasts, we were also pleased to note that the North Norfolk Railway has attained the Best Large Visitor Attraction award, mentioning the friendliness and enthusiasm of its Volunteers in helping to make the railway such a great day out. Hear, hear.

Too witt too woo.... To Let ! if you know of any roaming Barn Owls looking for a lovely home, there is a very desirable, specially built, Barn Owl Apartment on the Oak Tree opposite the Holiday Cottages. available immediately, lease negotiable, excellent outlook, reasonable rent ! first come, first served!

Peter's 08 has now been sorted with a new controller and some wiring 'tweaks' apparently, (well done Graham R & Co) and is now going extremely well, so the loco is returning to Peter's where his Grandchildren will no doubt be having some fun ?

The '08' in the station with one of Pierre's new point motor boxes prominent in the foreground
and, finally, we went along to our local model shop today (Friday), Great Eastern Models who had organised a great 'Digital Day' again, where several suppliers of digital stuff were represented with some pretty good deals on offer. very interesting. We were also pleased to see some model railway layouts upstairs (well organised Mr Ball), so we had a very pleasant couple of hours 'chewing the cud' can't beat it !

 32A Model Railway Club's nice N gauge 'Dalesgate' layout

Rob's very interesting modern image suburban station


P.S. Competition answer....tis a Wasp's nest of course !) prize held over as we did not receive one answer, never mind a correct one!!!!