Sunday, 25 June 2017

Even Better June !

So where have some of us been for the weekend ????














Not too difficult to spot for those Narrow Gauge enthusiasts amongst you???? We would like to express our thanks for the warm welcome we received at all these Great Little Railways, we even had a very enjoyable and scenic ride on 'Arriva Trains Wales' along the coast from Porthmadoc to Fairbourne, lovely trip, friendly staff, and economical too! 
There was one other railway that we visited on the way home, the Echills Wood Railway, impressive as always,  but no photos available, sorry,  mainly 'cos we didn't take any, too busy talking and looking!!!!. We were impressed with the coach bogies that the Guys have made as we are looking at possible improvements to ours, so thanks to Jeff and Co for their welcome , once again..... 

Meanwhile, back at the 'Ranch' we have taken delivery of 6 tonnes of granite ballast (shared a 12 tonne load with our 'Parklands' friends) to replenish our track in parts where some tweaking is needed. More second fix work (door trims/skirting etc) being done on our Clubroom extension, gardening continues as always, to keep the site looking neat and tidy, and we have our July Open Day next Sunday 2nd July, so maybe we'll see you then ?

TTFN 

P.S., just in case you didn't spot the railways we visited, they were the Welshpool & Llanfair,.Llanberis..Fairbourne,... Talyllyn..and  Ffestiniog... marvelous !

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Enjoyable June!

Time flies by and we have been quite busy.........we had a visit from some of our friends from the Nottingham Club last Wednesday when they brought over three locos for a run round our track before travelling across to the Parklands Railway at Hemsby for a couple of days. Roy Hollingworth and Barrie came over with his brilliant Class 40 and Mk1 coaches...there was Pete's 'Sweet Rocket' (7 1/4 version of a metre maid 0-6-2)...and Nigel's Class 08, Great to see them all enjoying our facilities.

Roy's Class 40 ready to go
Photo: Richard Neale
A good time was had by all and Tony and Liz kindly provided some tasty refreshments for our visitors for them to enjoy in the surroundings of our newly extended Clubroom ! 
We are still busy with 'stuff', the Clubroom extension now has its ceiling fitted and the fluorescent lights are installed, so we are nearly there.The gardening needs lots of attention as everything is growing like mad, and the track seems to have taken to wandering here and there, so we need to spend some more time 'tweaking'. 


Busy station area unloading a train
Photo: John Pond
Our June Open Day was good, and started off with a visit from our local 'Radio Norfolk' as part of their Treasure Quest ' programme on Sunday mornings. They came to us for their second clue, which was eventually located by Sophie, in the Squit Mine entrance. So, a nice little plug on the radio for our Open Day. 

Sophie's found the clue at the Squit Mine
Photo courtesy of Radio Norfolk
The weather was kind and we had lots of visitors who enjoyed the atmosphere, as always, David and Tony brought up David's much travelled Romulus, 'Remus'  again, and  we coaxed out 'The General', ' Nelson', ' The Shay',  'Chieftain', 'Isabel' and 'Hotspur', (but only briefly)...

The Shay coming off Lake section
Photo: John Pond
We didn't all manage to get over to Hemsby unfortunately, but we hear they had a good week, and the weather was kind for them!
Peter's new Feldbahn is finding its way around the track a bit more, as Peter becomes more accustomed to dealing with the vagaries of a steam locomotive!  .....and we have another 'Fun Day' this coming Saturday when we have four more locos visiting.....watch this space !



Happiness is ????
Mr Ball (Yard Boss) and Yours Truly (Shay Engineeer)



TTFN

Monday, 15 May 2017

Excellent Week !

Well, we had a very good first Open Day for 2017, when lots of you nice people came to see us, or our trains ???? We carried the most passengers ever on an Open day and at one stage, we had six, yes, six, trains out. (Well done signalmen!, and drivers, and guards and platform staff) So well done to all our 'staff' who ensured that everything worked well, but 'boo hoo' to the weather, which although it stayed fine, was jolly freezing (being polite!). 
Our ALR quiz, introduced for the first time by our Ladies, seemed to go down well, and once again Paul and Chris brought 'Little Olive' up from Suffolk for a run round or two, or more,  which she seemed to enjoy.We also had our two steam locos, 'Isabel' and 'Hotspur' out, reinforced by 'General, 'Chieftain', 'Nelson', 'The Shay' and 'Sergeant' during the afternoon.Our newest steam loco, 'Prospero' was on display for our visitors to admire, and 'Viceroy' was parked out in the 'boondocks' siding with the wagons.
Last Wednesday evening saw us welcoming our Friends from the Norfolk and District Model Engineers (Eaton Park), on their annual visit for a relaxing evening of chat, cuppas and riding trains behind 'General' and 'Nelson'. A very pleasant evening.......
Our Clubroom extension was in use and received several complimentary comments, proving to be a great additional space, be very nice when it's finished !!!!

TTFN

Friday, 28 April 2017

April update

A  view of the extended Clubroom
Hello everyone, we had a great day out at Spalding last Saturday (22nd April) when we visited the Model Engineering Exhibition, being very impressed with the exhibits on view, and spent some happy time talking to friends, old and new. In the afternoon we were royally treated to a tour of the Spalding Horticultural Society's very colourful and impressive gardens located at the rear of the Springfields Shopping Centre. Inga and Chris made us feel more than welcome, providing us with tea and cakes which we enjoyed. twice, lounging on deckchairs in the lovely sunshine.We were taken for a trip round their delightful Springfields Miniature Railway, traversing gently through the trees surrounded by a maze of multi coloured tulips, daffodils and bluebells. (3500 bulbs are planted each year we were told !) A great day out!  Many thanks to the SHS for their very kind hospitality....
A view through the trees at the SLR

All very busy here at the ALR, all is going well as our first 2017 Open Day approaches....our new Clubroom extension is well advanced but will not be finally complete by 7th May. but usable, so please bear with us, if you do come, we hope you will be impressed and will appreciate the extra space it now gives us. We still have the ceiling to fit, the kitchen to re-organise, the decorations and floor finishes to do, along with several other twiddly bits........we just need an 8 or 9 day week!!!!!
The rolling stock is ready to go, more or less, apart from 'Thunderbox' which is having a rest until we can assess the work needed to get this characterful loco back into efficient working order. Our friends from Suffolk are bringing along a couple of locos on 7th May so we will have a variety of locos out and about again to ride behind. Our ticket prices remain the same as last year, being £1,50 for a single ride, £4 for an afternoon Rover, and £12 for a Family ticket for 2 Adults and 2 Children, So, weather permitting we will be running trains from 2 til 5 pm, with light refreshments and ice creams available, parking is free, but dogs are not allowed on site, sorry. Maybe we will see you then ???? 
Lots of events going on in this area from April 30th to 21st May in this year's Broads Outdoor Festival, have a look at 'www.outdoorsfestival.co.uk' , loads to see and do !

TTFN 




Ready for a trip around the SLR
Photos: Brian M


Monday, 3 April 2017

A new arrival !


'Prospero' has arrived !
Hi there.....well we had an exciting day last week when a new loco arrived at the ALR, courtesy of Peter, one of our members, and Mike from Station Road Steam, who delivered the loco..As you can see from the photos, the loco is a 0-4-0 Feldbahn, to be named 'Prospero', and is the eleventh loco based at the ALR, blimey, who'd have thought it ?
So the Boys are constructing the tender which is almost ready, and Peter has taken the body to be spray painted (proper job!) by David (cheers !) to match the lovely yellow of the loco. Peter is now being initiated into the vagaries of managing a steam loco!

Ready to roll onto ALR metals
Club members admire the new loco with Mike handing over documentation
All photos: Brian M
The Clubroom extension is coming along nicely with the floor now laid, ready for the wall insulation and wall boarding to be fixed, so we are hoping that it will be usable by our first Open Day on May 7th (fingers crossed????) 
'Lucille' and 'Isabel' have had their certificates renewed and are ready to go, (thanks to Brian B for his time).
Track tweaking continues, gardening work also continues, the bridge has been cleaned down with handrail and decking restained, so is looking smart, and the 'mighty mulcher' is booked to tidy up tree bits and pieces around the site to tidy it all up.......signals and signs are out, and cameras refitted, so we are getting there........
We have a trip booked to Spalding on 22nd to visit the Engineering Exhibition there and also to see our Friends at the Springfields Light Railway which we are looking forward to visiting....

TTFN



Happiness is !
Photo: Peter Harvey and others!