Thursday, 10 February 2022

Digging out near Broomhill - 5th February 2022

 Despite the forecasted bad weather a huge squad still assembled at Broomhill Station, with the next longterm worksite just around the corner. 

The curve is reputed to be the tightest on the old Highland mainline North of Aviemore and apparently in days gone by the trains rattled round at the full line speed of 60 miles per hour.
Georgie's plan is to hold the gauge much better than currently possible. Commencing with spot re-sleepering - Above Bob, Fergus and Andrew make a start on digging out, a massive 37 were dug.

The weather was pretty awful with heavy rain and Mike didn't want to risk getting his phone wet (or lost again!) hence photo in the Porters Room at Broomhill being the only mess facilities available on this occasion - Kevin dragged along for the second time his mate Iain almost hiding behind his large flask but still smiling.
 John, Mike, Angus, Georgie and others had fun trying to remove the dreaded elastic spikes - of which more in the future I am sure!
Thanks to all that braved the elements and Mike/John for photos & info.

With all the recent storms affecting rail routes in the Highlands a route proving locomotive was run and fortunately this was the worst that occurred so far, near Kinchurdy underbridge yesterday.
Thanks to Rob Law (S&T) for photo and tidying up the debris with Georgie. 

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