Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Muscleman & Aviemore Engine Shed part III - 12th September 2020

 Last week Ian, John & their friend Derek kindly went and got a replacement for the "Muscleman" that was destroyed last year in the fire at Boat of Garten. 

 Above vehicle and trailer hired and the trip wasn't local, as it was from the Paighton & Dartmouth Railway. Took them a few days to wend their way back up North, calling in at a couple of Heritage Railways enroute and sampling a few local ales no doubt! (more details in next edition of our Members' magazine "Express" I am sure)

Saturday saw Bruce, Martin, Fergus, Angus, Ian, John and Georgie meet up for final installment of the new timbers (ordered before Lockdown) at Aviemore. 

John used his small chainsaw to cut the last scarf joint, which was found to be much quicker, (bet Angus was relieved)  then it was a case of dropping in chairs and rails, fishplating and keying up the new wooden oak keys that Jack from the Carriage & Wagon Dept kindly made for us, the old ones resembled kindling for the firebox 

Georgie precisely positioning the 100 plus year old chairs,

Ian (I think!) drilling after the gauge had been checked

 John likewise with a beefier drill  (at first glance I thought Fergus was drinking tea in background!)

 and then Martin screwed down. Georgie must have been pleased with the team effort as she bought tea cakes for the Gang and a rare early finish was granted.

Thanks to all that attended and Bruce & John for the photos - without which, it wouldn't be a blog.

Sunday saw Georgie, Andrew and Kevin being productive I am sure....

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