The weather was unusually mild for the time of year and a good turn out of members was anticipated. We were not disappointed! Why, even Mrs Frosty paid us a visit. The recent rain had made things a little (!) muddy underfoot in places, but this did nothing the dampen the enthusiasm & happy atmosphere Read more about Post Christmas Steam Up At Almondell….[…]
Our Christmas party was well attended. In the warm, convivial atmosphere of the Heritage Centre members quickly entered into the seasonal spirit. In the kitchen Roddy had the tea urn on the boil & the mince pies warming in the oven. The meeting room was busy with members choosing their favourite picture for the photo Read more about At The Ball, That’s All![…]
Recently Alastair hosted a group from the Queensferry Photographic Group at Almondell who spent several hours pointing & clicking away at all sorts of things. It is interesting to see how others see Almondell, to which end three of the group have submitted a small selection of their photographs for the website. Click to enlarge Read more about Through The Eye Of The Lens…..[…]
Another ‘Santa Special’ running at Bo’ness courtesy of Robert’s ‘Morning Star’. Despite the weather Callum & Ken safely carried 160 passengers.
The first Santa event at Bo’ness this year turned out to be a cold affair. With temperatures down to -5⁰ C steam effects were assured as were cold feet & hands! ‘Grace’ proved to be a dab hand at producing beautiful smoke rings in the chilled air and despite the cold, trade was steady until Read more about Where’s Sandy?[…]
Paul submitted this interesting video of his 7¼” locomotive running around the Comrie / Oban loop at Almondell. Enjoy the trip & look at the progress we have made. Click on the image to watch the video.
Sunday, 10th November was Remembrance Sunday and Robert had organised a wee event “to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts”. Having a miniature railway at Almondell it was felt appropriate to focus on the contribution made by the Railway Operating Read more about The R.O.D.[…]
Despite there being only one complete circuit (7¼”) and two more being two thirds finished (7¼” / 5″ & 5″ / 3½ “) thus offering an ‘out & back’ run, the track is none the less well used most Sundays. For those of us running 5″ & 3½ ” locomotives we are counting the days Read more about Track Activity……[…]
Our grateful thanks go to Balfour Beatty & Network Rail for the visit of a lifetime, a trip to the top of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge. Network Rail kindly let us break the ‘journey’ with a tour under the bridge deck which is not granted to everyone. Our member who is professional driver for Read more about A Tick Off The Bucket List![…]
We must not forget that while the ‘Glam Team’ get most of the attention driving their locomotives none of this would be possible without the help of the unsung members who volunteer to cover the administration of the day. Prior to the event there was the design & printing of the tickets. Co-ordination of visitor Read more about The Backroom Team……[…]