Another weekend of the week long cold snap and more snow, meant P'Way had other duties
After Stoker MacPhail (Angus) lit the coal fire in the Ladies' Waiting Room (our preferred messroom having mysteriously been flooded by a burst pipe) the squad moved onto yet again clearing and salting the platform edge, result as above right. Ian clearing Broomhill platform and Georgie clearing points at Aviemore.
Concern that the Water Tower could get water into the steam locomotive were justified,
Then it was discovered that no water was getting from the mains pipe to top it up, so we boiled water in a bucket hanging over the converted oil drum brazier, much as we tried to pour the boiling water over the piping it never did thaw.
To see how much water remained in the tank was another not simple task as the hatch lid atop the tank was frozen solid, bars and hammering to no avail
this time the humble bucket of boiling water did the trick - sufficient water in the tank to keep the steam locomotive running for weekend.
Passing traffic above - the Santa Train arrived with the class 31 diesel leading and 46512 providing the steam heating.
Thanks to (Left to Right) - Mike, Angus, David, Martin and Ian (off shot buying the squad coffee and biscuits from the shop). The drone like photos bravely supplied by Angus from the top of the water tower.