Monday 18 January 2016

Aviemore Engine Shed Concreteing - 17th January 2016

Scene some weeks ago, with plinth locations marked out. (photo from Keith Holyland)

The shuttering was erected (see earlier Blogs), here John again checks the levels. The reinforcing grid was removed and placed in again half way through the pour of concrete.
Georgie in action! to stop leakage from round the base of shuttering post-crete was used to seal.

Here Stuart and Andrew "Supervise" Ian's daughter, as can be seen she worked very hard,  the heater was used to assist in defrosting the sand and possibly keeping Stuarts hands warm!
Finished product as smoothed by Georgie.

Polythene was secured over the shuttering to keep surfaces clean and keep some of the heat in, as it was a mere 2 degrees Celsius.
Even with Calum here thinking he is firing Flying Scotsman!
(see for more photos of the heater)
Since we had a big squad, eleven in total, some proper PWay maintenance work was also done on the Switches and Crossings (S&C) - loosening off bolts, oiling them and re-tightening.
Left to Right - Bruce, Angus and Andrew



Wednesday 6 January 2016

Mezzainine Flooring and re-sleepering - 29th December & 3rd January

29th of December 2015 - saw the completion of a long running project, (I think Mike mentioned the steel work was erected in 2014) the Mezzanine Flooring in the Aviemore Engine Shed.
Ian Stanworth put in 700ish screws in the actual flooring and John Wood assisted him in putting on the kick boards on the hand rails and boarding off the arches, to prevent anyone or anything falling through them to the Machine Shop below, where Mike and Georgie set up shuttering for concrete plinths, for the "new" machines that are almost in situ... 
 The above photo reminds me of that television programme "Play School",no reference to the Shed Staff you understand! I wonder how long it will take them to fill it up with stuff.....
Later the same week but a different year (3rd January 2016) the PWay back to re-sleepering towards the 91 mile post. Georgie, Mike and John changed an incredible 38 sleepers in freezing wet conditions - only drilling, spiking and backfilling to do.
The elusive 91 mile post is getting closer, by the looks of things.
Thanks to John Wood for photos and information .