Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Miscellaneous progress up to - 14th June 2021

Alex the talented Stonemason has now rebuild and re-roofed the listed Highland Railway old toilet block at Aviemore Engine Shed.

As this project draws to a close another massive one commences close by - considerable ground works on the new Steam Running Shed.  

Mike surveyed and pegged it out for Georgie to start digging 

and removing using one of likely many spoil trains.

Saturday saw Georgie, David, Les, Ian (Aviemore) Fergus above and one of these days Mike might catch Michael working on camera! reached Lynchurn 1 level crossing on apparently penultimate day of fishplate oiling towards Boat of Garten.

Today's task was beset by problems from the rather wet start.

Look closely enough and Michael is actually working the weedkilling boom on the return run from the River Dulnain. The North British Locomotive had to get topped up with oil on arrival at Aviemore and then the diesel generator for the weedkilling pump packed in. Many thanks to Mike, Michael, John, Georgie and special mention to Jim Summers, Irvine Roy & Trainee for fortuitously working the signal boxes, although alas the Aviemore - Boat of Garten section is still to be done another day....

Meanwhile Andrew McCracken bravely single handedly managed to pre-drill and stack an amazing 41 new sleepers, although he reckons might have been more if he had a sharper drill bit!

Saturday, 4 June 2022

Fishplate Oiling - Mid May and 4th June 2022

It's that time of year again 

So I headed to Broomhill recently to ready the fishplate oiling cans.

The previous P'Way weekend saw Mike, Michael, Iain and Georgie do the required joints ie those with the nuts on the outside of the "four foot", as each consecutive length alternates - nuts outside/inside, thus ensuring that every 120 feet are oiled every year (in theory!) above looks a particularly dry joint?

Georgie and possibly Iain getting close to the end of the day Croftnahaven No 2 level crossing, but it was a long tiring walk back to the Broomhill starting point.

Today was a glorious Strathspey day with a continuation of the squads favourite task, above Michael with the carefully laid down powertool, maybe wondering why the others are so far behind or why he is wearing waterproof trousers on possibly the hottest day of the year thus far.
Georgie was so pleased that Tullochgorum was reached that a lift back to the cars was in order (ice creams another time maybe!) Thanks to Kevin, Iain, Michael, Georgie and a recently post covid Mike whom provided info and photos.