What are Switches and Crossings? I hear you ask.
Above a very simplified diagram.
Put simply they guide trains from one track to another, commonly known as points. The Maintenance of them is basically loosening all the nuts and bolts, oiling and re-tightening them, this stops them seizing and ensures they are all tight.
The opportunity was taken to oil all the fishplates, as there are that many, as well as the slide chairs at the switches at the same time
In the distance an army of Orange could be seen coming our way to assist, alas no, they were Photographers, photographing our train they had hired for the weekend, which did a number run pasts, so they could get the perfect shot.
Over the weekend seven sets of points were completed from the Home Signal in distance above to the Signal Box, which is a lot of nuts and bolts, some easier than others!
Thanks to Ian, Norman, Andrew, Neil, Mike, Angus, plus Georgie and Stuart.
46512 makes an unexpected appearance just as we were getting ready to start on the Sunday, it was the Photographic Charter again.