For ROWG, our July and September working weeks provide a bit of a reality check. Because others want to run trains, our activities are limited to localised repairs, such as tamping voids, greasing fishplates, etc.
Our relocated September week started and ended sunny, with intervening days of ‘liquid sunshine’. Monday and Tuesday were spent hand-tamping at various locations on the WHR; at Dinas, Cae Moel Bridge, Cae Hen Crossing, Cwm Du, and at Parc Crossing and Waunfawr. On Wednesday we tightened and/or replaced the T-bolts holding sleepers and rail together in Bronant Crossing, which had probably been undisturbed since the track was laid in Phase 1 of the WHR. Surprisingly, most of the bolts moved with suitable encouragement. On Thursday and Friday we were on the FR, fettling track baseplates on the summit section behind the power station, and finally attempting to restore cant to the curve above Lottie’s Crossing.
Our next working week commences on Saturday 2 November. If you would like to join us, please contact our working party organiser, firstname.lastname@example.org.