Thursday, 23 May 2019

Thunderbox at 30 Day

Hi, we are pleased to announce that we are having an extra Open Day on Sunday 23rd June, to celebrate 'Thunderbox' at 30, and also to remember the Little Melton Light Railway which would also be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year had it still been operational. We owe a lot to the LMLR as we got the best possible start to building the ALR as we were able to buy a lot of track, 3 sets of coaches, 'Thunderbox' and 'General' from the owner. We were also able eventually, to purchase 'Hotspur' from Norman Duffield, a staunch member of the LMLR and also in the early days, a member of the ALR.
So we will have trains, mostly steam hauled, running from 2 til 5 pm, with 'Thunderbox' making an appearance after the loco's refurbishment which is nearly complete, and is looking really smart due to the devoted efforts of our team led mainly by Pierre.Well done Chaps !
We will be open, as usual on Public Open Days, from 2 til 5 pm, and we look forward to seeing you then. Light refreshments and ice creams will be available but would you note that the consumption of alcohol is not permitted on the premises.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Good Open Day start to 2019

Hello there, just a quick update for you......we had a good start to our 2019 Open Day running on may 5th, with a good turnout of visitors on what was a very cold, but thankfully, dry afternoon. Thank you for coming to see us!

Preparing 'Holkham' for an Open Day run
We had a variety of locos out with 'Hotspur' and 'Isabel' running faultlessly all afternoon. Well done Keith and Pierre. They were helped by 'Little Olive' and 'Holkham ', with Paul and Chris driving these popular locos. We also ran 'General', and  'Chieftain',. The Shay was failed on Sunday morning after problems with the throttle, and 'Prospero' was having a rest whilst Peter carried out 'Yard Boss' duties.

Final run for our hardworking staff enjoying the ride with 'Isabel'  after a good afternoon !
We are pleased to report that 'Hotspur', 'Isabel', and 'Prospero' all passed their Steam inspections and tests on Saturday 4th May, and 'Lucille' has had a bit of attention and has been sucessfully steamed so she can be tested by Brian B in the near future.

'Lucille' being steamed up to check all is  OK for steam testing
Work on the new carriage storage lean to (two tracks - 60 feet) is well advanced and just needs its doors to be made..  

John and John fixing the final roof panels on 11th May

Platform in the Spring sunshine
All photos: Brian M