Monday, 7 October 2019

"Wet Beds" Aviemore Section - 5th October 2019

 
Today saw a small squad meet at Boat of Garten of Ian, John, Fergus, with Georgie tasking only four "Wet Beds" beyond Kinchurdy heading towards Aviemore, then Iain and Roger (still light duties, I hope!) also attended.


Above shows a dug out "Wet Bed", with the tell tale markings on the rail where pooling water is splashed upwards when a train encounters this watery dip in the track, over time leaving what I think are called fines. To rectify the problem the poor contaminated/clogged up ballast is dug out below the level of the sleeper to drain any trapped water, then the dark art of Measured Shovel Packing (MSP - covered many time in previous posts) is applied and finally fresh clean ballast is filled in to aid future drainage.

Two more Beds were attended to, further towards Dalfaber and Reg Stanley who must have felt as if he had walked from his home in Wales to get to the worksite! Joined the bigger than anticipated squad. Ian and Iain also checked/tightened about a mile of fishplate nuts.

 
Iain, Ian, Reg, Georgie and Roger enjoy the mild dry weather (Fergus may have been looking for his next fencing job!)
 
 
and John Wood enjoyed his lunch, to whom I thank for all the info/photos, to make this Post possible.
 
 




 

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