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Peak Rail update of what's occuring

Discussion in 'Heritage railways & Centres in the Uk' started by kestreleyes, Nov 22, 2009.

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    Just a small infill bit of news recently reported on in the railways own in house magazine, to go with the fine work that Ben and the trust and the railway have been doing on Darley Dale station lamps,which Ben was busily undercoating this week between dry and wet days, the report on the restoration of the ex Darley footbridge which has started, the missing columns which dissapeared while in previous storage at the Midland Railway have been recast as have the headers that go atop the columns to support the spans and steps,there's still more on that side to be done before the main spans themselves are cleaned and refurbished and that's best left to Ben and the trust to report on as and when that side of things is done but from an early perspective having the previous drawings for the original errection at Darley Dale has allowed my own department to start moving the location cabinets out the way of the up platform staircase leading to the roadway whose bottom steps will be litterally where the cases are, the battery case will have to move and is the easier job while the signalling case will be transposed sideways soon and depending on cabling slotted out the way hopefully behind or below the footbridge but as plans progress wel update more, for now we've been busy looking at cabling works,getting the locations repositioned and removing redundant materials of the old signalbox base so we can actually get at the site of the base on the up platform, just like an iceberg there's a lot going on behind the scenes before you can see any real progress on the main bridge itself.

    Thought you'd like a small update,for more news see the link below

    http://www.dwvrt.co.uk/dwvrtnewspage.html
     
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    Another small update

    The Ashover Light Railway folks have loaded Spondon for her trip to the Ffeistiniog railway quirks and curiosities event ,if you're on Facebook the following link should take you to a few pics https://www.facebook.com/ashoverlight.railwaysociety/posts/1814369735491150

    I spotted Dave midweek carrying on with the radiator room refurb on one of the class 50s,the side grills are back in now,Dave tells me the radiators themselves are away for refurb at a specialists, speaking off grills,D8 has her grills refitted too,final,painting jobs now on before she's back into service.

    Myself and Andrew spent Friday evening moving cables around to get them out the way of the footbridge steps on Darleys up platform as they'd been run everywhere when the old signalbox was up there,now there all in one place and clear, the next little job for us is to reposition the location cupboard,aka Egyptian style with rollers and poles

    Have a warm n sunny weekend folks
     
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    Il start with my own department first.

    Andrew,David and myself started work on reducing the height of the arm on church lane 13 signal today to move the working gear clear off the rotten top to the post, it is planned when we can to replace the whole post with a new one,either new wood or another idea is a square metal post,cut and rewelded u to give it a tapered finish as is the traditional wood post,but that's in the near future,for now the works simply get the working gear clear of the problem spot at the top,which after we freed the arm from the post we found to be a large void inside the rear of the mounting bracket,at the point it must have had its original arm fitted in its past railway life on the network, ironically there's also bracing parts within the wood so it must have been know to have a split even back then.

    The arm itself was the easy bit and with its weight came out sideways through the bad part of the post top, a new bush sleeve inside the mount and through bolt needed to be made up from parts at rowsley as the old one was seized inside the mount,the down rod needed rewelding and then adjusting ,the lamp bracket has had to be through bolted also and a fair amount of either gas bottling or welding parts to get the main signal back in use for tommorow.

    Next time, the standing platform will be fitted and the ladder bolted to that which I fettled up last week as there was not time to fit it at the end of the day, the top of the wooden post will need to be chopped off also though that will likely require the electric saw unless the large bow saw goes through.

    The post having been tapered means that we may or may not be able to get the old finial rebolted back on ,I could route around the top to accommodate the finial when the top is saw off,but it's likely that a great deal of sawing vertically will be needed to give it the seat to sit on at the top as its recessed in.

    My thanks to David and Andrew for a great deal of Fettling today.

    Elsewhere, managed to quickly call in at Rowsley,some chaps were testing a two rail ultrasonic tester,somewhat different than the ones I normally see as this one was trolley based,certainly looked fun, managed to bump into Harvey and noted more work was on going on carriage 7494 bogie,which is now back in black gloss having had a lot of work done on it.
     

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