Saturday, 14 January 2017

Hello Again......

Well here we are, into the New Year, so may we wish you all a Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous one? Already we are very busy with lots of jobs, one or two exciting items in prospect too, so we are hoping for a good year on the ALR. Our Open Day dates (see across) are, as usual, to be held on the first Sunday of the months of May through to October, when trains will be running from 2 til 5 pm, We are pleased to confirm that our ticket prices remain the same as last year, being Single £1.50, Day Rover £4.00, and Family Rover (2 Adults 2 Children) £12.00. We hope to welcome you to our railway one one of those days....

So, jobwise, we are checking all the signal 'electronics' and operation, replacing the spectacle bulbs with LED s, which will be brighter and last longer, the coach maintenance is coming along well, and we are doing one or two jobs to the steam locos, including fitting a mechanical lubricator to Isabel, and fitting a second gauge glass to Hotspur.

The mechanical lubricator being fitted to Isabel
We are building a wagon shelter down at Laurel Sidings to accommodate our wagons as we need some more shed space for a new 'arrival' later this month, watch this space! We are also building a Tool Van in which we can keep all our trackwork tools and bits and pieces, together with our new portable generator which will be very useful in carrying out a variety of tasks, out on the railway. The chassis is being fabricated for us by our steelwork fabrication company in North Walsham, and should be with us later this month, all being well. (they are very busy which is good to hear!) This will enable us to go out with a 'proper' works train when doing jobs out and about on the railway, and will be another interesting train that could be run on Open Days ?
Some of us are heading down to the London Model Engineering Exhibition at the Ally Pally at the weekend, so that will be a good day out, and we have one or two items that we need, (and there will no doubt be one or two items obtained that we don't really need !!!!!! but can't not have ??????)


P.S.. Oh and can the persons who are nicking our silver birch trees, kindly let us have our signal posts back, pleeeeeze????  Ta