This stretch of line is very rural before Gorebridge is reached. The line is fairly heavily engineered with large embankments and deep cuttings. The railway is undergoing a vast amount of civil engineering, but it is in the more subtle form that really will not stand out once the railway is open, as opposed to some of the bridges and tunnels on the other sections. The photographs were taken after some of the recent very heavy rain, so the newly installed drainage is getting a thorough work out.
A small group up the hill today. Joe was up for the weekend although on Saturday the weather won out and no outside work was done. Today was better and he was out planting trees and bulbs around the site. A couple of small maintenance jobs were done on the Fowler and Ruston. Davie as normal had his needle gun out and today he had one of the sand-boxes off the Fowler in his sights. This was all stripped back and primer applied by the end of the day.
Alan and Bill were also up in the afternoon doing a couple of tasks.
North of Heriot the line passes through a rural landscape, with the new crossing of the A7 the major engineering features along the stretch. A number of farm access over-bridges have to be replaced and a large amount of work has been undertaken around the site of Tynehead station.
A damp but fairly mild day at Whitrope, with a good number of volunteers on site. Bill and Alan were up doing more preparation work for the new exhibition. Joe was also up for the weekend and will be advancing a number of jobs on site. A warm welcome to new volunteer Craig who hopefully will be a regular from now on.
The main job of the day was to advance the work on the point to allow the point rodding to be run, thus allowing operation of the points from our ground frame. Good progress was made with the stretcher bar reversed to avoid fouling the soleplate. One of the drive lugs from last weeks load of S&T gear was then attached to the point and a trail fitting of the drive bar and first length of rodding undertaken. It all looked good, so with a little more work this part of the job should soon be complete.
A cold but bright day at Whitrope, with a delivery of signalling and pw gear to unload which soon warmed the volunteers up. Thanks to the 77021 Loco Group and Tony Cormack for sourcing the materials and transporting them to site. We now hold most of the materials required to connect up the cross-over to the ground-frame and have interlocked point-work. This will be a job that will run through a good part of the year, but will really help push forward our operating ability.
Some work was also undertaken on one of the points as a prelude to the main works getting started over the next few months.
Alan and Bill were also on site doing some works in preparation for the new exhibitions that will be going in this spring.
Happy New Year to everyone. The first working Saturday of the new year brought mixed weather with rain until lunchtime, but then a pleasant winters afternoon. A small team were up carrying out planned maintenance on the Ruston. Once this was complete the engine was given a run and pottered along the stock siding doing a little bit of driver familiarization training. Overall a good start to what promises to be another very busy year at Whitrope.