Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year !!!!

We would like to wish everyone, wherever you are on this amazing planet , a very Happy, a very Prosperous, a very     Healthy and a very Peaceful 2018, with lots of great trains! 

Best wishes from all the ALR Boys and Girls 

Sunday, 24 December 2017

It is Christmas !!!!


We would like to wish everyone, wherever you are, a very Happy Christmas and all our best wishes for a Peaceful, Healthy and  Prosperous 2018, with lots of trains !!!!

From all the ALR Gang 



Thursday, 21 December 2017

It's Nearly Christmas!

So are you nearly ready for Christmas ? how the time has flown by this year! We have been tidying up and continue to thin out the trees and bushes, especially along the Back Straight, and around the lake, which is opening up the views and letting light into some areas that have been 'shady' for a while. So, we are thinking we could have a log burning loco which could replenish its tender as it made its way around the track!!!!
We had a great evening at a local hostelry last Friday when 22 or so of us tucked into a lovely meal and  enjoyed a convivial atmosphere with Santa providing some nice Surprise parcels for the members present! 
Keith and Johnny have got Hotspur's new pistons fitted and we tested them out last Saturday on the rolling road with the help of the air compressor, and all ran smoothly, and so it is looking good. We look forward to steaming the loco up in the Spring as we have now moved the steam locos up into the top workshop shed and tucked them up nice and warm for the Winter. Our thanks to Brian and Kevin for their help and advice, we are very pleased with the progress on the loco. 
We are looking at replacing our timber 'electrical' boxes around the circuit that contain all the wiring and 'wigglyamp' things that control our points, signals and track circuiting, as these are deteriorating now (the boxes, not the wiring etc etc !). We have a couple of  metal/plastic boxes (outside meter box for one ) which are just the right size , so Graham and Ricardo are trying them out, working out how to get them in position over the existing wiring and 'stuff'., an interesting exercise we think!
A point lever has been made from part of an old one that we found, (it's amazing what you find tucked away if you look), which will be used for the new point to be installed down at the loco shed to give another steaming road alongside the existing track that goes into the loco shed, eventually.
We have had a clear out of all the building remnants from the Clubroom extension, enabling us to get the locos in for the Winter 'hibernation'.   
We have placed the chassis and steel framing for the new Tool Van onto trestles in the workshop, so progress can be made on this vehicle, which is going to be a very useful addition to the rolling stock fleet.
So, always things to do to keep us occupied, so until next time.....keep smiling !

P.S. no piccys unfortunately, as the 'modern technology' stuff is not co-operating, maybe next time, hey ho !