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2017 November - Hedge Laying Working Party

Hedge Laying Working Party


Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November saw the first dedicated hedge laying working party of the winter, continuing the work achieved over the summer and during Outdoor Week.


The focus this weekend was on Doldeheuwydd Bank (between Brynglas and Dolgoch). Around 42 metres of hawthorn and hazel hedge was pruned and pleached, using the traditional method of billhooks, axes and hopefully skill! The carefully selected upright stem has enough wood removed using the billhook to lay it down and weave it around an upright stake, or around already pleached stems. This forms a structure for new growth, plus acts as an anti-sheep barrier (and looks more appropriate than a wire fence). The new hedges will improve shelter for lineside wildlife.


Some of the hedge we layed earlier in the year was strimmed back as part of the regrowth process. Our expert chainsaw operator also trimmed back some of the overhanging trees which will help improve views and keep the trees in good condition.


 


Already the views across the valley have opened up and improved. More hedgelaying working parties will take place over the winter.


 


Thanks to everyone who came along – it was an excellent and productive weekend. Billhooks are now on many attendees’ Christmas lists.


Photos by Keith Hayes, Sarah Freeman and Karen Willans


  


 


Start of Saturday work
Using a billhook to cut the wood away ready to pleach
Thinning out the existing stems before pleaching begins
Saturday work in progress
The works train passing Tynllwyn campsite en route to the hedge laying site
Sunday morning - ready to go!
Ready to turn the upright stems into a hedge
Hedge laying gang at work
Some of Sunday's hedge laying team taking a break
Work in progress
Previously laid hedge was strimmed as part of the growth cycle
Tidying up the site towards the end of the weekend

Source: Latest News

Posted by Peter Bowyer on 22 November 2017

2017 November - Talyllyn Railway - Autumn Outdoor Week

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Autumn Outdoor Week 


Fact – It was an excellent week, new faces, increased numbers, good weather and we achieved a lot – all welcome statistics. 51(32) people gave 228 (200) people days to the maintenance of our railway, in return the weather was kind and apart from the early part of the Tuesday morning and the odd show the rain confining itself to the hours of darkness. (Last years figures in brackets above) Please also note the above figures do not include the statistics for the “Tree Week” and the “S&T Week” that followed on from Outdoor Week.


A special thank you must go to the Vale of Rheidol railway who provided an additional impact wrench.


So a very big thank you to everyone who helped make the week a success -gang members, Pendre staff, butty runners, catering staff and evening entertainers. Your railway appreciates your help.


What did we do apart from working as a team?


In no particular order:


1) widened and deepened the drainage hole in the weighbridge pit


2) applied sealant to the lead flashing and coping slates of the Weighbridge House


3) cut back greenery behind the Weighbridge House


4) removed ivy etc from road side at Ty Mawr bridge


5) removed greenery from the old loading dock at Pendre leaving tree stump exposed for Martin & the digger


6) removed greenery from the roadside of south of the level crossing at Pendre "


7) set out curve for track at Wharf from Llechfan hedge west end to new turnout installed in June


8) clear a lot of mud and other material contaminating the ballast in the area of the lever frame at Wharf


9) stacked a few garden grade sleepers for onward purchase


10) exposed the tops of some of the sleeper ends in Wharf yard in preparation for gauge maintenance work


11) dismantling the 17 lengths ready for the resleepering


12) dismantling the turnout at Quarry Siding


13) identified 4 rails required for completing the Quarry Siding west turnout from the stock on Ty Mawr


14) resleepered 17 lengths past milepost 4 ½


15) put the platform benches under cover along the railway


16) removed another 2 tons of stone from Cynfal stream


17) prepared the resleepering site by milepost 4 ½ and the Quarry Siding turnout with the mini digger


18) clearing the accumulations of leaves between Quarry Siding and just east of milepost 4 ¼ – a boring but very important task. Accumulated leaves make line inspections very difficult and retain large quantities of moisture.


19) dealing with a minor landslip at Dolgoch on the last day of train operations. The cause of landslip was the usual problem of the wet ground opposite the station at Dolgoch creeping down the hill. We need to dig out the field drain again which will reduce the risk of further slippage for a few more years


20) clearing drains at Brynglas, Dolgoch, Abergynolwyn and on the extension


21) 85 yards of hedge laying east of milepost 4


22) leaf removal from the Dolgoch Station approach path


23) vegetation clearance from around the turnout stack east of Ty Mawr bridge


24) tidy up in the Guest House at Quarry Siding


25) removing two loads of sticky material from the turnout job at Quarry Siding to the milepost 4 ½ area for embankment strengthening


26) moving logs and some tree felling


27) the turnout job at Quarry Siding progressed steadily during the week:



28) removed the build up of oil and grease in the loco road


29) cleaned off the wagon decks at the end of the week


30) getting all the tools together at the beginning of the week


31) putting all the tools away at the end of the week


32) loading a skip at Wharf with scrap


33) drinking tea


34) started to remove the concrete base of the signal column east of Pendre. This formed part of the former Pendre signalling scheme.


35) grading all the displaced sleepers


36) design work associated with maintaining the various bridges at Brynglas


37) plus all the jobs I have missed.


38) spring (winter) clean of the guards room


39) tidying up around the publicity hut at Wharf


40) tidying behind the toilet block at Wharf


41) replanting the tubs and window boxes at Wharf


Thank you very much again to everyone for their time, effort and comradeship.


Keith Theobald (article and photos)


Sorting out the mini landslip at Dolgoch
Preparing the site at milepost 4 1/2 as No 1 Talyllyn and train goes by
Re-sleepering at 4 1/4 - mini digger flattening ballast down
The Gang drilling spike holes
Spikes going in - Team effort!
The relaid track at milepost 4 1/2
Work at Quarry Siding - replacing the turnout
Work at Quarry Siding - new ballast down
Quarry Siding - new sleepers down
Quarry Siding - new rails going in place
Hedge laying progress during Outdoor Week

Source: Latest News

Posted by Peter Bowyer on 22 November 2017

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