Tuesday, 23 April 2019

All Systems Go ?

Springtime at Ashmanhaugh

Hello there. We hope you had an enjoyable Easter break in the lovely sunshine, is Summer here already ? Hope so. With our first 2019 Public Open Day approaching fast (Sunday May 5th 2 til 5 pm), we are busy getting everything ready, so track is being tweaked with more 'H' Section joint members being fitted, and track being checked, with sleepers and ballast replaced as necessary. All the signals are in place and working, as is the track circuiting, and the CCTV cameras are also in position and working. 
Signals being fitted back on the station gantry (Graham and Ricardo)
Much painting of fencing and gates is being done with rotten palings being replaced as necessary. The 'Beware of Trains' signs have been repainted and re lettered.

Posh refurbished gate signs
The coaches have had a good check and service in the pit shed, a good sweep out and the seat swabs put back in place. 
Coaches being serviced in the pit shed (Keith, John and Pierre) 
The steam locos are currently being checked and serviced with injectors being cleaned and new sight glasses to be fitted. 'Hotspur' and 'Prospero' have been steamed up and are ready for action. 

'Prospero' being checked by Peter and our newest young member Isaac
Lucille, Isabel are next in the queue, as is the 'Shay' which needs to go over the pit to have all its 'underneath ' bits and pieces checked and everything oiled and lubricated. We have fitted a new loudspeaker which is giving a much better 'whistle' sound (???), just like the real ones !
We are also pressing on with the construction of the new carriage storage leanto at the side of the existing one, now that the metal roof and wall cladding panels have arrived, with the timber frame almost complete. When finished this will give us room to store another two sets of three coaches, which should keep us quiet for a while (now when did I hear that before?).

Checking that the new roof panels fit ! (they do!)
Timber frame nearly complete 20th April

So we hope everything will be ready for Sunday May 5th, and look forward to seeing old friends (and new ?) during the afternoon. We are expecting two visiting locos from our 'Honorary' members South of Norwich, so we should have a good afternoon. 
Tickets as last year, £2.00 Single (white ticket, all classes) gives one ride round our circuits (approx 9 mins), and £4.00 Rover (hand stamp, all classes) for as many rides as you can fit in ! See you then !