Friday, 17 March 2017

Spring Is Here !

Hello again, we are still here and very busy, so apologies if you haven't seen any posts recently.....lots going on as the weather has been very, very kind to us.

The Johns busy on the Clubroom extension (note the blue sky!)
Our new Clubroom extension is taking shape extremely well and we are very pleased with the progress. It's going to be a great space for us.The new station signal gantry cross beam is now in position and the Boys have been reconnecting and testing signals, and the cameras are all out.

Graham and Ricardo sorting the signals out (note the blue sky!)
 The track and gardening 'Gangs' have been busy tidying and clearing after 'Doris's visit, and the track is being checked and tweaked as necessary, so it will be in good state when we start to test and 'practise' in April, all being well.

Track tweaking by Ray and Barry
Work progresses on the steam locos with 'Isabel' and 'Hotspur' being worked on, Lucille was steamed up last week and is good to go. Brian B (thanks in advance Brian !) is coming over later this month to do the inspections and steam tests required for Certification to be renewed on 'Isabel' and 'Lucille' with 'Hotspur' ok until the Winter. The chassis and steel framing for our new Tool Van has arrived and is temporarily stored in the workshop until we have time to work on it !

'Hotspur' being worked on in the sunshine 
The engineering boys have been working on another chassis which we will tell you about next time !!! our secret surprise will then be revealed!!!!! 
Our buildings are receiving a 'smarten up' coat of stain to keep them in good trim, and the external boarding that has been fixed so far on the Clubroom extension is being treated with the 'corporate' cream.
We are taking our Display stand to Bawdeswell Model Railway Exhibition (at the kind invitation of the 32 A Model Railway Club, cheers Al!) on Saturday, where we will no doubt be meeting friends old and new, as we did at Dereham the other week. We like a chat (and the occasional bacon butty?) 

So, as you can see, not much chance of us getting bored/????


P.S. oh and Dave has 'lost' his drone, last seen heading gleefully over towards Wroxham Barns, at a great rate of knots, so if you see one laid about, do let us know !