Sunday, 9 August 2020

Drumuillie routine maintenance - 8th August 2020

Mike Tough captured the below image last Saturday

Of the "new" flail (purchased by Strathspey Railway Association couple of years ago) now finally attached to the Colmar by John Sinclair, Georgie did comment that operating it is a mental challenge, as many controls and not enough arms! (the homemade counterweight seems handy should she come across a broken fishplate) In the background the Members' trail train arrives in Boat of Garten.

And taken from the train yesterday by John Hornby.



Yesterday a large squad assembled at Morley's on a sunny cool morning, Georgie had already loaded up her van with the tools and we proceeded to walk the half mile to the rendezvous point of Drumuillie Level Crossing, where earlier in the week Dave Green and Georgie had carefully dropped seemingly small quantities of ballast from the PWay train to where it was required, between Milton No2 LC and Lynchurn No1

Looking towards Boat of Garten

Iain starts tidying the Up shoulder in time honoured fashion.  

As part of the routine maintenance, the intention was to oil the fishplates on the 180 foot long lengths but due to the number/skill/speed of the volunteers this was surpassed. I wish the same could be said about the ballast tidying! - the sun was hot and none of us are getting any younger.

But scenes like this made it worthwhile - the first revenue earning train since January approaches Drumuillie.

Many thanks to Mike, Martin, Angus, Iain, Kevin, Roger, Fergus, Andrew and Georgie.

This maybe the last PWay Blog as the new Blogger I cannot add photos - I have reverted to the "legacy" one which will soon become obsolete 😟

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