It’s been a strange start to April, with a late reappearance of the white stuff less than a week after the scorching temperatues at the end of March. The weather’s a funny old thing, especially up at Whitrope.
The builders have paid us a visit again, putting up the wall at the back of the platform ramp on the strip foundation we laid back in May of last year: this is the first step in finishing off/ tidying up the south end of the platform. Infill will be placed on the April work weekend, with the ramp itself being properly levelled, and some timber fencing will follow in due course.
Our thanks go to the midweek track gang of Iain Mac, Tony G and Dave S for packing the new panels south of the Golden Bridge ready for the forthcoming rolling stock delivery (watch this space!!!). Meanwhile Ian Crooks has almost finished painting the east side of the Mark 1, and both the existing coaches will soon be dragged a short distance north to allow the first coper slabs to be laid at far south end of the platform: its our short term aspiration to have platform level access to the Ruston for our cab- ride and footplate experience customers.
The big news recently is that BAM Nuttall have been appointed by Network Rail to further develope the design work for the new railway (presumably working- up the initial designs provided by Scott Wilson). Our “Man in Midlothian” Geoff Ruderham has been out and about wih his camera again (give him a cheery wave if you see him), this time taking a look at the new formation in the Millerhill area: this is where the new alignment diverges from the original one near the old A68 bridge in the northbound direction to bisect the Edinburgh City Bypass at something closer to ninety degrees (more photos to follow shortly).