News from 19 March 2017

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2017 February - Talyllyn's Spring Outdoor Week 2017 progress report

Tasks completed during Spring Outdoor Week


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Nant Gwernol



Abergynolwyn



Quarry Siding



Dolgoch



Milepost 4-4 1/4



Brynglas



Brynerwest


Investigating an issue with a joint in the crossing, this involved dismantling part of it.


Milepost 2 1/2


Digging out the blocked and choked drain east of milepost 2 1/2 (3 days of very muddy digging)


Rhydyronen


Resetting 3 platform edging slabs





Hendy Bridge



Ty Mawr Bridge



Rail Stacks



Pendre



Wharf Cutting


Tree inspection


Wharf



Keith would like to take this opportunity to say thank you very much to everyone who took part in Spring Outdoor Week 2017. The weather was less than ideal at times and it was suggested that there might be a trades description issue with the word “Spring” however there were plenty of daffodils, snowdrops and primroses to cheer the Gang up.


Thanks are also due to the support teams who facilitated the making and delivery of the gang’s sandwiches, produced an excellent meal for the gang on the Tuesday evening, the evening entertainment providers, and digger drivers.


Update by Keith Theobald.


Photos by Tony McIlwrick and Keith Theobald.


 


Brynglas re-laying - removing old track
Brynglas re-laying - down to the mud ready for new ballast, sleepers and rail
Brynglas re-laying - nearly done!
Abergynolwyn west end - turnout work
Rhydyronen platform edging
Hendy Bridge repointing work

Source: Latest News

Posted by Peter Bowyer on 19 March 2017

FR117 has an outing

It’s been a Big Weekend for the FR117 coach project. The bogies were fitted last weekend and the air connected up. The new electrical system has been tidied up to the extent that the coach could move; this involved the usual wrestling match with flexible conduits which seemed to take their inspiration from irate boa constrictors. With that done, it was time to summon an air-brake fitted diesel loco and Give It a Go. It’s fair to say that this was a bit of a nervy moment; however much measuring takes place, it’s always good to see things work in reality. The first step was to make sure that it would fit through the shed door – remember, it has changed a LOT since it was put in the shed. Then, careful checks were made as the coach traversed the sharper points in the yard, and onto the station. Measurements of stepping distances were made, and this needed a run down the mainline to Apedale Road platform. This also allowed a test of the new passenger emergency valve, which was found to be very effective. All seemed to go quite well, so the coach has now been returned to the shed. The electrical work is well advanced. Key stages now are the repaint and cleaning/refitting all the interior. However, we’re pretty confident that FR117 will now carry passengers at Apedale during the forthcoming operating season.


Source: Moseley Railway Trust – Latest News

Posted by Peter Bowyer on 19 March 2017

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