Tuesday, 7 September 2021
Sunday, 22 August 2021
14th August - Mike reports - Another big squad met at Boat of Garten splitting into three!
A team finished south box foot crossing John both Ian’s & Angus subbed for Fergus
replacing life expired switch timbers and opportunity was taken to move the switch lever, for operational safety reasons away from the recently laid track,
Sunday, 8 August 2021
Alasdair Jackson kindly sent the following two photos of fishplate oiling for week ending 17th July, I was on holiday at the time and did not appreciate
A - the size of Iain's piece!
Fortunately there were plenty of breaks for passing traffic. Sharp eyed PWay buffs will notice the lack of foot crossing? (other things maybe of interest too!)
Using John's vast array of power tools, the rest was relatively plain sailing although Fergus at one point had difficulty finding a real hammer! To be completed next Saturday.....by the same "Special" Squad.
Sunday, 11 July 2021
Good sized squad parked up at Kinchurdy underbridge, Georgie duly arrived and conveyed most of us
At lunch Mike alerted me that the dreaded track lube had somehow managed to migrate upwards! The weather just got warmer and warmer and by mid afternoon we where taking a wee extended break, as Georgie had to go and get replacement fishplates from Boat of Garten - she came back with unexpected but appreciated ice lollies! Somehow Michael managed to get two?
Thanks to all that attended to this much beloved task and Fergus for doing the track inspection.
Meanwhile John and Ian finished the handrails at Dalfaber pedestrian underpass, not sure if they too got wet.
Sunday, 4 July 2021
Sunday, 20 June 2021
Week past Saturday saw Angus, Bart, Sam, David, Fergus, Justin, Michael (who mysteriously vanished), Mike Tough at least had the excuse of a Board meeting to attend
and above Reg Stanley who was a regular with us until moving to North Wales (on "holiday" I guess, he did more days volunteering installing rodding & hand point lever with Georgie and left an unexpected but very welcome donation to the PWay fund) Much lifting and packing with inferior "ballast" that was discarded from Network Rail Aviemore upgrade a few years ago now, but perfect for our needs.
Plan B was continuation of fishplate oiling.
Our extended breaks were obtained about train times and we did from Dalfaber Level Crossing to Estate Foot Crossing about a mile and a quarter (only 3 more to go!) but it was a long tired walk back to Aviemore for all of us.
Many thanks to Roger, David, Sam, Bart, Andrew, Angus and Les. Also Les & Fergus who were Track inspecting.and Mike for replacing slates atop Boat North Signal Cabin..
Today Georgie, John and Ian renewed the disabled access Foot Level Crossing at the North end Boat of Garten to Stationmaster Walters apparent approval.
Monday, 7 June 2021
Fishplate oiling has started at Aviemore and the aim is to get to Boat of Garten over the Summer, now that we are on the Mainline it's every second joint, which in practice means we do the joints with the OUTSIDE NUTS (which we are!)
All we need are the willing participants, no doubt I will risk my camera getting the horrible fishplate lube on it whilst actually carrying out this task which has been neglected for sometime.
Now that Georgie is back she wants to crack on with the new works at Aviemore Shed, so that the resultant siding space can be used, to that end Saturday saw
Over quite a number of Saturdays John Wood and Ian Stanworth have actually been quietly erecting and fixing hand railings to our underbridges as per the 2019 Inspection diktat of the Office of Rail and Road.
Above is the example at Milton, which was started last year but the fixing were not up to the job, so it has been redone and there are unconfirmed reports that a spirit level was used this time! As well as a vast array of John's personal tools, many thanks to those that are getting on with this necessary but unappreciated task (I suspect a more comprehensive/accurate article will appear in next "Express" - Strathspey Railway Association Journal.)
Sunday, 9 May 2021
Another great turnout, considering the snow earlier in the week.
Mike was delegated to take a squad to finish off the re-sleepering, packing and filling in ballast on the mainline, this was completed by lunch and he assured us that it is now a prize length!- Alas no photos.
Our next task was to insert all the chairs on the closure rail, this necessitated the removal of all the interlaced sleepers but at least they are wooden, again keyed up, this time gauged, only one hole drilled and screwed down, to allow for further tweaking later.
The Shed Foreman Nathen kindly heated up the rail using the Shed gas burner so Georgie could use a "Jim Crow" (anyone know why named so?) to slightly bend the rail into requisite shape at the toe of the switch.
We lifted the rail level and packed the sleepers from where the sat crew left off to the end of the line
We drilled and screwed the chairs to sleepers (without a chuck key as it had gone missing YET AGAIN) in so doing we flattened all the batteries and got through all remaining fuel !
We dug out the interwoven sleepers at the points, leveled the base and repositioned them.
Alasdair backfills under the newly repositioned siding sleepers whilst Georgie multitasks by delicately providing a balancing lift, assesses the newly aligned and screwed rail and checks for any vicarious activity on board the passing crew-training engine This delicate balancing lark is harder than it looks!"
Many thanks to all.
Sunday, 2 May 2021
Having been cast aside in the bushes at Titley Junction for sometime it looks a bit worse for wear but the guys there assured Ian it does run, the driver that delivered it was not happy that a considerable amount of hydraulic fluid had leaked over his lorry! (it is a long way from Herefordshire) After John Sinclair our Plant Engineer had tightened things up and inserted a new battery.
. This was the scene on Friday being driven by Ian (after refreshing his memory from the manual) from the yard to our new Plant Maintenance Shed (Morley's II) for more in depth maintenance and some TLC.
Monday, 19 April 2021
Saturday saw a great turnout again at Aviemore (13 in total), in bright sunny weather equaled two squads - Mike's was a never ending continuation of re-sleepering on the Mainline from old Speyside platform almost to platform at Aviemore.
Digging out, remove screws, jack up track, pull old sleeper away, dig out sleeper bed, insert new sleeper repeat!
Think only seven left to change - drilling not possible as Georgie's squad had the drill!
towards the proposed new Running Shed at Aviemore, the fine lining was done by bars and, no doubt also huffing and puffing.
Thanks to all that attended (too numerous to mention) and Roddy for the smaller photos.
Monday morning saw Roddy and me oil the switches at Aviemore and Plumber Jim fix radiators in Spey Lodge and in the afternoon, the three of us