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Track Pack - December 2017

January 2018 Working Weekend - Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th

As previously announced, the major activity this weekend will be to continue with the clearance project that has formed part of the winter work schedule for the last couple of years. A MEWP, otherwise known as a cherry picker, has been arranged for the weekend, and the following couple of weeks, and should be loaded onto the Lowmac wagon on the Friday before work starts. As previously, this will be used to reach the higher growth, and if earlier efforts are to be believed, in the process produce large quantities of material to be disposed of.

The area to receive attention over this weekend will be through Rowlands wood, and if possible the area immediately to the west of Rowlands Lane Bridge. The plan is to carry out similar works through the following week, but not Monday or Tuesday (the 8th and 9th) before carrying on through the following weekend. If anyone is available for these extra dates they are more than welcome to join in.
 
We look forward to seeing as many of you as can make it at the usual time of 8.30am, whichever day, by the P.Way Hut at Havenstreet, before joining the works train at the station platform.

What's Been Going On?

A full service of Santa Specials were operating over the December Working Weekend, and as the latest batch of replacement sleepers had arrived during the preceding week, Saturday was spent putting some of them into the line. For ease of transport, the area selected extended Westwards from Rowlands Lane Bridge towards Havenstreet Station.

 After a sticky start due to the proximity of the cutting side at the bridge end of the site, conditions eased in the afternoon to allow a total of fifteen new sleepers to be installed by the end of the day.

Sunday saw everyone decamp to Wootton where a variety of jobs were carried out amongst the service trains. Chief amongst these was the installation of the second rod into the previously installed rollers along the length of the slowly progressing rod run. With this in place the intermediate crank bed could be fettled into position and a start made on fitting the cranks. If not quite as exiting, but no less important, the rest of the gang cleared and disposed of the usual delivery of leaves at the West end of the site. This took almost the whole morning to get them fully onto the bankside.

After dinner, some of the clogged ballast in the loco headshunt was replaced and the blocked drain cleared. Time was also found to replace a faded sign on Packsfield crossing, with one removed from the recently closed Irongates Crossing, and clear the remaining “garden tree” adjacent to the Ground Frame. The felling of this was postponed from last month due to it being occupied by a pigeon and nest, now happily vacated.

Many thanks to everyone who turned out over the weekend to tackle the variety of tasks.

What Else Has Been Going On?

In the 19 days since the last issue of Track Pack the usual round of activities has kept everyone occupied. Aside from some lifting and packing, leaf clearance and Line Patrols, the Signalling installations at each station received their routine session of inspection and lubrication before the start of the Christmas services.

The Wickham kit brought in the summer has almost been completely assembled, all bar two fairly important components, an engine and brakes. It waits expectantly at the back of the shed. LaLa II has also made a big leap forward with its power plant reaching an operational state. There still remains much cosmetic work to be carried out before it could be brought into use.

As is now customary, the Friday Gang cut the final section of the Wootton Section lineside on the second Friday before Christmas, the final area being between Guilford Farm Crossing and Havenstreet Station.

That’s the lot for now,
All the best and a Merry Christmas,
Phil, Ian and Pete.


Join The Team

The Civil Engineering Department is responsible for all of the railway's  track, signalling equipment and lineside fencing - It's all healthy outdoor work!

Monthly working parties are organised to tackle important tasks requiring a large team, regular weekly gangs tackle lineside clearance, fencing renewals and many other maintenance tasks.  We also have our 'Friday Gang' who do a great job of keeping the lineside neat and tidy, it's Men In Sheds - but without the shed!

If you are interested in joining our team please contact the railway's Volunteer Coordinator for more details.






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