An excellent turnout again meant in theory - "many hands make light work!"
In practice it was a different story but good progress was made through teamwork.
One team dug out all the ballast round the sleepers to be changed, which we started with great gusto but soon learned to pace ourselves and
the other, tackled the unenviable task of removing the elastic spikes from the base plates, using the spike puller and increasingly, not so gentle persuasion from a large hammer hitting down on the plate to try and free the spike. During the day a hammer, a spike puller and a number of base plates were destroyed with a lot of huffing and puffing along the way.
Service train approaches Lackgie level crossing, an Osprey was also allegedly spotted over the River Spey, entirely possible as Loch Garten RSPB Reserve only mile and half away as Osprey flies! Sorry no photos on this occasion but we are likely to be re-sleepering for some time as there are only166 to replace...........