Sunday, 20 June 2021

Two Weeks ending 20th 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.

 This was the intended worksite yesterday - finish off new siding for time being, more slewing and levelling ballast but alas Georgie had more pressing matters to attend. Note the wilting weeds as our weedkiller train ran the entire length of line midweek recently (no photo yet of complete switch and hand points, as rail vehicles parked atop already!)

Plan B was continuation of fishplate oiling.

David here our most recent recruit with impact wrench competes with Andrew on speed! Angus having just caught up with our supply wheelbarrow, but the commendable winners always were Bart and Sam, whom have youth on their side and worked very well together.

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.

 828 taking water -photos/info from John, still South end to tackle.....

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