Saturday 21 February 2015

Aviemore Carriage Storage Shed - 21st Febuary 2015

The culmination of three days hard work, unloading wagon loads of sandy material by hand, presumably obtained from the Sand Pit at the back of Boat of Garten Yard, certainly put a strain on Fergus' back
But as can be seen from above - lightening Jim Clark was on hand with the shovel today ! and John Wood wondering who is daft enough to try and take a photo, in the distant background is Stuart with a petrol whacker plate consolidating the base layer and Georgie as ever correcting our mistakes.
The location of this noisy frenzied activity is between 6&7 "Roads" in the Carriage Storage Shed, for approximately 4 carriage lengths, hopefully now ready to pour the concrete between the wooden shutters, providing a safe level trip free walkway.
to be completed midweek hope fully............


Sunday 8 February 2015

Boat of Garten Head Shunt - 7th 8th Febuary 2015

On the Saturday after the obligatory clearing of snow off the platform at Boat of Garten for the Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) service train. A small gang, finally got onto sorting out some bullhead rail concrete sleepers, 93 of them had varying defects and deemed suitable for use on the Head Shunt were stacked onto wagons below.
leaving approx. 200 now neatly stacked for mainline use again (think they came from Highland Main Line Dalnaspidal area?)
Thanks to John for info.
On the Sunday a larger squad loosened off the bolts of the fishplates, with much huffing and puffing as reckoned not to have been oiled since installation some 40 years previously!
Next task was to clear out level one foot from the sleeper ends
so that the rails loaded onto the bolster wagon by the paid staff in the morning, could be dropped into postion............ to be continued