Sunday, 11 July 2021

Fishplate oiling continues - 10th July 2021

Good sized squad parked up at Kinchurdy underbridge, Georgie duly arrived and conveyed most of us 

 on the back of her truck along the gated somewhat overgrown track,(above Sam, Iain and Bart) all the way to where we finished fishplate oiling sometime ago - Estate level crossing,

 just in time for the first train of the day to pass.

progress was swift until the we reached the bomb proof steel plates with nylock nuts, above Mike takes the strain, with Michael giving leisurely assistance as the tab had broken.


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?

  We managed to do nearly a mile and a quarter before we were exhausted and bad light stopped play -  torrential rain followed,(my camera does not like H2O) hence above Met Office shot, sure the stuff we had should have been white on the scale, even though it was only a short walk back to our cars, some of us got wetter than others (Michael jogged to the Station to wash his hands, before getting in his car, maybe burning off the extra lolly calories!)

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. 

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