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Saturday 15 December

Track Pack - June 2017

August 2017 Working Weekend - Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th

On Saturday the plan is to again spend the day in the Deacon’s Lane area. There are the last of the current batch of new sleepers to put in, commencing where work started last month. There are only a few to be done, so afterwards there may be some time for a general trim and tidy of the roadside banks at Deacon’s Lane Bridge.

After a trip up the line first thing to collect the exchanged sleepers, Sunday will be used to continue with the projects at Wootton. There is also some clearing and tidying of the lineside banks to be done here too.
Look forward to seeing everyone at the weekend, at the usual time of 8.30am at the P.Way Yard.

What's Been Going On?

A freshly repaired Wickham was used to ferry gang and tools to the Smallbrook side of Long Arch on Saturday morning. The three “X” sleepers there got changed before the tea break at 10 and another three on the other side of the bridge, behind the garages, before dinner time.
Sleeper changing by Ashey Road Garage.
Fully refreshed, a further four sleepers were put in amongst the two train 40’s Weekend service while the hot sun started to take hold. After a break at the 3 ¼ mile post, the final two sleepers of the day went in adjacent to it. With one gang member being collected from Ashey Road, there was only a need for one trip back to Havenstreet with tools and gang aboard. Arriving at 4.30pm, the tools were put away before some gang members retired for a refreshing lemonade to the 40’s Weekend beer tent in the Show Field.
W11 heads 'The Tourist' past the work site.
On Sunday an early Wickham trip to collect the replaced sleepers was carried out before the start of service trains. This caused a slight hiccup as one gang member reported directly to Wootton and thought everyone else had gone elsewhere when no one showed up by ten. After a train ride for said person, a text message clarified things. With this little difficulty sorted out, work soon started on the new base for the Ground Frame building.
The locking frame room in the base of Wootton Signal Box receives a coat of paint.
A clear out of the accumulated leaves etc. was followed by a coat of white paint being applied to the internal walls of the base. The same was also carried out by another department above platform level. The remaining roller horses from the decommissioned rod run, connected with the old building location, were recovered too; released from the clutches of the, happily dry, Wootton clay.

Thanks to everyone for their help over the weekend.
Ian Wilcox was unable to attend the working weekend but was able to provide a substitute worker!

What Else Has Been Going On?

Vegetation Management (!) continues to keep everyone occupied. Most of the lineside has now had a 6 to 8 foot strip cut either side to keep over long ground vegetation from falling across the track. Besides being tidy, this also eases the progress of operating staff should the need arise to pass beside a stationary train.

The large, wettish, bank to the South-West of Woodhouse Crossing has been given an extra cut. It always seems to grow impressively large specimens of bracken and mares tails that keep it well shaded. The idea of keeping the growth in check is to give a better opportunity for the ground to dry out.

The top of Griffins field has been cut as much as possible around the piles of stored materials, hopefully opening useful parking places for the exhibitors or staff at the upcoming Steam Show.
The series of shelves in the S&T Storage container are slowly filling with the materials as part of the sorting/relocation project.

The Friday Gang continue their sterling efforts, clearing the lineside right back from the cess to the fenceline.  After a couple of days working locally to Havenstreet, last Friday was spent clearing Westwards from Rowlands Lane Bridge.   

All the best
Ian, Phil 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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