Sunday, 18 October 2020

Aviemore footbridge & Re-Sleepering - 16/17th October 2020


Friday saw our 12 tonne Rail Crane in action, lifting the old dilapidating Great North of Scotland footbridge, originally from Longmorn (as below photo shows) courtesy of Douglas Gray/ Graham Maxtone Collection

Longmorn looking to Coleburn 1971

 It linked the island platform at our old Speyside Station from about 1978 until 1998, when we moved into the current refurbished mainline station.



Mike reports it was lifted in three sections, largest above, a suitable new home is being looked at but unlikely on the Strathspey Railway.

On Saturday PWay squad commenced digging out of the sleepers (130 in total) that Georgie had justifiably marked, if below is anything to go by!

Between the turntable and the headshunt at the other end of the yard.


I can see Graeme is having fun!


Helped by John,(Graeme smiling again), Angus, Ian, Andrew and Mike took the photo under the hopeful rainbow from the turntable.


Despite the usual passing traffic giving the guys a break, a very creditable 68 sleepers were dug out.


And some more unusual yard movements were more than welcome!
More running can be seen of this locomotive in the Whisky Shunters link.
Thanks to all for the backbreaking work and John for most of photos and video clip.
 

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