Posted by: wrha | May 10, 2013

May Progress

Day 1 of the track weekend has been and gone and thanks to all the volunteers who turned out despite the road closure at Shankendshiel (including Andy Laing who circumvented it by bike). Thanks also to Tony C who persevered with delivery of switch timbers and sleepers despite his lorry suffering a blow- out at the Hermitage. The final (southernmost) panel on the Stock Siding was completed, followed by jacking the crossing nose (for the new points) off the p.way trolley, sliding it roughly into position and cutting- in.

Day 2, and the basic skeleton of the new points is complete, and it’s all starting to look like the crossover its meant to be…….

New points at close of play on Saturday

New points at close of play on Saturday

South end of Stock Siding awaiting fine- lining and levelling

South end of Stock Siding awaiting fine- lining and levelling

Day 3: rather wet but the show must go on as they say. Switch timbers all installed, gauged and drilled; belly rails cut- in, set to the correct curve and fastened down and all remaining plain baseplates installed. Despite an excellent turn out of volunteers, we didn’t quite get the crossover finished, but it shouldn’t take too long on the next track weekend to get it all done.

In the rain on Sunday. Photo: Iain Davies

In the rain on Sunday. Photo: Iain Davies

The most difficult part of the Phase 2A jigsaw, completed as planned!

The most difficult part of the Phase 2A jigsaw, completed as planned!

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  1. Well done!

  2. Oh my goodness….I just thought you went online and ordered a point……a bit like my Hornby set!! …well done Team…said it before but a real railway has risen from the ashes!! Regards as always…Ross

  3. Cheers Ross. Hope all’s well in NZ!!

    • Thanks for that all good down here..will be back in September..cant wait to get up to Whitrope…looking at the scale of the work so far reminds of the late Rob Carlyle’s poignant remark that “the lightest thing on the railway was the wage packet”! I bet the hardy band of WRHA volunteers can relate to that!


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