Despite the rather damp weather, a good start has been made on the Winter Maintenance Plan at Apedale. A selection of “past their prime” sleepers have been changed out, and various points cleaned, gauged and greased. The buffer stop at the extreme north of the railway (Apedale Road) was in need of a new timber baulk. This was not due to a serious misjudgement by a train driver, but it seems the timber became involved in a difficult-to-explain incident involving a takeaway pizza. There are times when the Trustees know it’s best to stop asking questions.
Today was also notable for the being the first time that the ex-Ffestiniog Railway PWay van has been deployed to Apedale PWay duties following its overhaul and refurbishment. Interior fitting out continues, but it really is quite homely. Just needs a few scatter cushions and a lava lamp to finish.