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Track Pack - April 2014

May Working Weekend - Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th & Monday 5th

As usual, the May Working Weekend will coincide with the Railway's Real Ale Festival, so no shortage of after work refreshment! The plans for the May weekend are a bit more varied than last time but hopefully everyone will find something to their liking.   Saturday will be spent on the Wootton section of the railway, the lack of trains being an ideal opportunity to attend to some track faults. Whilst in the area the grass around the station and lineside, like “Bobs Bank”, can be cut too.

On Sunday and Monday the idea is to work in and around Havenstreet station. There is a ten foot extension to build on the end of the sidings headshunt, assorted ballasting to do, as well as a small fence job to progress in the Barn Field. For those who are still in the mood for fishplate greasing some of the siding areas need attention.

So a bit of a mixed bag this month but hopefully enjoyable, especially with the prospect of a refreshing lemonade in Derek’s Real Ale Festival Marquee after booking off. Those able to attend should arrive for registration at 8.30 in the P.Way Depot on all three days.

What's Been Going On?

Saturday of the April Working Weekend saw a hardy team tackle the fishplate greasing at both terminal stations before returning to Havenstreet to do the Down Loop and No.11 points. A halt was called at 4.30 when the drizzle became rain. A surplus of staff allowed a small group to tackle the leaf build up at Wootton in the afternoon.

A slightly smaller gang continued on Sunday morning, completing the Up Loop once the stock had vacated it and then moving on to deal with Nos 6&7 points. The afternoon was spent moving ballast on the Goosefield curve. 

A big thank you to everyone for their assistance over the weekend. It all seemed to go fairly well!

What Else Has Been Going On?

A few jobs have been done as part of the 'Train Story' project. A fence was put up beside the footpath next to it to prevent the coming together of kiddies and trains. A duct was installed to enable communications to be installed between the Company office and the new building.

A few (!) Estates jobs have cropped up, so a bit of a purge of these was carried out to get the list down to sensible proportions. The usual fare really; door locks, light bulbs, pot holes in the station yard, nothing exciting but needs to be done.

The final siding into the 'Train Story' building, Road Four, is slowly taking shape. Most of the track panels are in place and a start has been made fixing the rails onto the new inspection pit. Completion is looming.

The Workshop/Stores installation progresses at its usual pace. Tools and other items are starting to acquire homes in the new building.

The Friday Gang continue their activities, presently working in the area between Ashey Station and Iron gates Crossing.

Apologies for the brief nature of this month’s effort. I'm afraid time beat me (again). Must try harder ! Look forward to seeing you all soon.

All the best,

 Ian, Phil and Pete.