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January Drains Gang Work

January Drains Gang Work

Over the weekend of 14/15 January, the Trackside Drains team had their first working party of the year. Ron Walker reports on the activities.

There was a ballast train to the site, a first for nearly two years. This had Moelwyn (currently WD 7011) taking the train up to Pen y Bryn, just north of Garnedd Tunnel, at 8 miles and 15 chains.

The ballast train ready to depart Minffordd

Pulling out the old pipe

First job was to ballast cover a pipe put in last year, then up a little to remove a length of old ex GPO (Post Office) pipe, replace it, wrap it in terram and then cover it up again.

Laying the new pipe

And covered with ballast

Another job was a mile further up the line, at Bunny’s foot crossing, where there is a length of very wet rock, moss and grass. Because of this, the ballast underneath gets polluted with fine silt, so this was all removed.

Loading the spent ballast

Polluted ballast is brought on board


Victorian Weekend, October 2016 Mini Gallery

Merddin Emrys and the Colonel Stephens train
Merddin and Taliesin at Minffordd
Trains pass at Tan y Bwlch
Palmerston Welsh Highland
Princess and Palmerston
Prince on Whistling Curve