Archive for April, 2015

And that was that……

 

21 empty workshop  picture by our ‘last man out’ , Graham Ludlam.

The Team spent all day Saturday and Sunday emptying the workshop in Sheffield. This was in response to our Chairman, Richard, calling all hands to the pumps to achieve an emergency bale-out of the premises having received an email early in the week from the estate management company (at the Sheffield workshop) who informed us we had to have everything out by the end of this weekend!

So, Richard hired a flat bed lorry, Paul turned up with his van, Dave, Graham, Steve and Mike turned up with cars and it just happened !

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having seen the picture (above), our ever-frugal treasurer, Trevor, commented :
‘Graham Are you telling me that you left the chairs behind? Well done everyone!  A magnificent effort’. Trevor.

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And here is the scene at Rowsley as we unloaded at what is now ‘base camp’ .

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Very soon upwards of 100 tons of hard core is turning up to create vehicle access to the site, and enable the laying of a concrete base for the new workshop.

Oh deepest joy !

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the last word from the ever-observant Ludlam: ‘3 workers and 3 managers’ !

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Our new base

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this is an impression of what our new workshop will look like at Peak Rail, Rowsley

Here we will soon erect a new shed, complete with new sidings and facilities.

This development will allow us to restore, renovate and maintain ALR compatible rolling stock at a location which is eminently  suitable for a rapidly expanding heritage rail organisation.

The big move !

mike drives

 

 

Here is what must be my picture of the year so far……. Mike Lawtons’ non-stop grin while he was driving the Ruston !

 

 

 

On Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April a team of volunteers moved most of the Societies’ remaining rolling stock and workshop equipment from the Burton Road site to temporary storage at Peak Rails’ Rowsley station site.
Friday 10th April
Graham and Jonathan met at the Sheffield workshop to finalise the disposal of scrap, prepare rolling stock for loading, and welcome the HIAB lorry for loading.

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Saturday 11th April
Andrew, David, Dave, and Graham remained at Rowsley throughout Saturday receiving van loads and then the HIAB lorry load of rolling stock and workshop equipment.

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Jonathan, Richard,Steve and Mike met at Sheffield to help with the 2nd loads and thence onwards to Rowsley to continue unloading.

The day was rounded off in lovely spring sunshine and the moment we had all been working for, the first time that the ALRS had run a Society engine on track ! The highlight of the day must have been seeing the non-stop grin on our latest volunteer’s face as Mike drove the Ruston for the first time. Then everyone else took it in turns to be at the controls, and shunt various pieces of rolling stock around the Rowsley track.

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Sunday 12th April
Graham, Jonathan, Andrew, Paul (with fork lift and motorized wheelbarrer, bless ‘im !) and Dave all met to square away all the previous deliveries.

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And…….pretty much all future news updates will feature our efforts at Rowsley to establish a working heritage railway.