Tuesday, 12 November 2019

November notes

Lovely Autumn colours down by the lake

Hello again
Winter cometh, it's getting chilly, and the dark nights are with us, roll on Summer !!!! but we carry on as best we can, still plenty of jobs to do, in between the 'mardling', ....the steam locos have had their tenders drained and are being prepared for their winter quarters where they well be warm and dry....the signals are inside now and being checked over one by one to see what needs to be done, as are the CCTV cameras, the track Boys have replaced the rotting timber sleepers at either side of the bridge, and creosoted the decking ready to be reinstalled and treated with decking stain, when its a bit drier, they continue to install 'H' timbers under the track joints to keep everything smooth. 

Randy, Ray and Barry at work at the bridge

Ray and Randy ditto

Some fencing palings are being replaced where rot is showing and they will all be repainted in the Spring. Tree and bush clearing continues...and 'Thunderbox' is receiving attention to find out why one of the choc blocks is melting?????.

The Guard vehicle prototype ready to go on a test run

The prototype Guards vehicle that Ken kindly allowed us to alter, is coming along nicely with the axles refitted to a shorter wheelbase to give a better ride and to ensure the Guard is sitting inside the wheelbase, if you follow me, to prevent any tipping movement. A redesigned handbrake has been fitted which gives a very positive action. The vehicle ran well during a test run last week, so with some more work on revamping the upper body (mmm?) to see what works best for the Guard (seat height, longer seat, higher padded backrest, shelf  for Guards stuff, flags, sandwiches, drink holder, alarm button etc etc) , and then we can cost it all and see if we can afford them.and decide if we really really, need any more (one for each train would be good? (Wish list item ????)

The revamped handbrake
We had a good day at the Wensum Valley Model Railway Exhibition last Saturday ( well done 32 A) with our display stand. The event was well attended and we met lots of nice people who were interested in our railway, several of whom had just moved into the area, interestingly, so we hope to see them next year. Our 2020 Open Day dates are shown opposite. Several interesting layouts were on view, with some having a wartime theme. It's always fascinating to see what peoples' imaginations come up with and some of the ingenious bits and pieces they put together are fascinating,
We have our AGM on Saturday which will establish our plans for next year, and then we have our annual Christmas meal to look forward to at a popular local 'tavern', where we get well looked after,should be good.