Posted by: wrha | March 24, 2015

Track Weekend 20-22nd March (Saturday and Sunday)


With another pleasant day, although a little chilly in the morning, a good number of volunteers were on site. The installation of additional sleepers in the stock siding was completed and the sleepers were roughly leveled and packed. The foundation timbers for the ground frame were drilled, although a longer drill bit is needed to complete the job. If anyone asks you to drill through a piece jarrah, find another job to do (top tip!). Further progress was made on the rodding runs with the crank for the FPL positioned and screwed down.
The area of track around the points were surveyed and this showed up a large twist, which was to be a job for the Sunday.
Work started preparing the drain along the bay platform for piping up. Davie continued to work on the Fowler, with the rodding being primed and painted. Chris set to work on the signal and this is now resplendent in it’s new coat of white.
Ian was busy in the buffet coach working to prepare it for the upcoming season. Tom carried out various jobs on the Ruston. Joe busied himself planting a large number of bluebell plants at various locations around the site.


The good weather of the weekend continued with another dry pleasant day. The main task of the day was to compact the ballast around the point to remove the twist fault. This was achieved although we now need some more ballast to fill the cribs which are looking fairly empty. Some small sections of rodding were cut and drilled to complete the run for the FPL. Both runs are now nearly complete with the levers throwing the point and acting on were the FPL will be fitted. We just need to source a suitable FPL to complete this part of the job. Ian D did a great job of tidying up the turf along the length of the rodding run, vastly improving its appearance.
Joe continued his mammoth planting exercise around the area. An attempt was made to drill the point spacing bar on site, but this defeated us and Tony took it away to drill on a pillar drill.

Overall a very productive weekend which achieved most of the aims set. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out.

Posted by: wrha | March 23, 2015

Track weekend 20-22nd of March (Friday)

The Friday saw a number of volunteers on site with the main focus being the ground-frame and surrounding area. A number of sleepers were laid along part of the stock siding to improve the sleeper spacing in this area. Further work was carried out on the rodding run, with work concentrated on the facing point lock run. The crank was position and lined up and awaited drilling.
The foundation timber were set in place for the ground-frame, with large holes dug and the timbers concreted into position.
A number of deliveries of aggregate materials were also made during the course to provide materials for various jobs planned for the up coming works week.

All photographs by Jim Dick

Posted by: wrha | March 17, 2015

Saturday 14th March

A good day up the hill with a number of volunteers on site.
Pete started work on the drainage channel, Ian laid a new floor in the buffet, Tom removed rust and applied paint in the cab of the Ruston.
Chris finished painting the platform edge and started to paint the starter signal as well as having instruction on coupling wagons.
Andy and Jim worked on the second run of point rodding stools from the compensator bench to the crank bench but there is still work to be done to complete the job.
Baz serviced the dumper and spent some time with a foot pump blowing up a tyre, after replacing the valve the pressure held.

Posted by: wrha | March 14, 2015


The area around Falahill has been one of the most hotly debated during the planning and design stage of the route. The A7 cross at Falahill has seen a number of different designs, with a double roundabout and bridge being proposed. The final design for an angled bridge carrying the A7 over the railway is now complete with landscaping work still ongoing.
One of the busiest areas during construction was the quarry that provided a large amount of stone for construction at Falahill. The quarry is now closed and the large hole created in the hillside is being back-filled.

Posted by: wrha | March 10, 2015

Gorebridge update

Work at the new Gorebridge station is well advanced with the station car park looking almost complete and the platform awaiting the coping stones laying. The cutting south of the station has seen a large amount of stabilization work done.

Posted by: wrha | March 7, 2015

Saturday 7th March

Another damp and blustery day, with steady rain and low cloud. Work focused on the rodding run, with the crank bench back-filled and compacted with the whacker. The rodding run from the frame to the compensator bench was leveled and aligned. With everything in place the throw of the lever successfully moved the blades from one setting to the other. The rodding run needs the final section aligning, but is really coming together.
Elsewhere the weather precluded much outside work so various jobs were done in the old Mk1.

Posted by: wrha | March 5, 2015

Eskbank and Newtongrange

At both Eskbank and Newtongrange stations work seems to be focused on the car park areas. At both sites the coping stones are sitting on the platforms awaiting fitting. At Eskbank the footpath which crosses the line just south of the new station has been closed off for a while, so getting photographs of the actual station is difficult.

Posted by: wrha | March 3, 2015

Shawfair area

Work continues in the Shawfair area, with the station and associated car park slowly taking shape. The most noticeable change in the area has been the construction of the zero waste site close to the start of the Borders Railway. The site is designed to reduce food and domestic waste going into landfill.

Posted by: wrha | March 2, 2015

Saturday 28th February

A damp miserable day restricted the work that could be done at Whitrope on Saturday.
Some minor repairs were carried out on the Ruston.
Jim did a little bit of work on the Hymac and Chris did some painting on the inside of the old Mk1 coach.

Posted by: wrha | March 2, 2015

Galashiels update

A quick look at progress at the northern end of Galashiels, with the track now in place through the town, work is concentrating on completing some of the new bridges and structures. Although the track is down and ballast dropped, as can be seen in a number of the photographs there is still work to do on the track before it is fit for running.

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