The Trojan Army

We have hosted a team from Atkins today. The team was made of of permanent way and overhead electrification engineers, and they put their collective knowledge to good work by delivering a major project for the benefit of the Apedale site. Since the Tracks to the Trenches events in 2014/6/8, a stretch of track led to the World War One Trench area; known as the Ski Jump, the was built rather quickly and without a lot of pre-planning – it was intended to reproduce a front line trench railway. However, since the Aurora South shed project, this railway has become the main rail access to that shed, so it needed to be improved. The team from Atkins lifted the existing railway and re-graded the trackbed using road planings. The track was then re-instated, producing a significant easing in the gradient overall. The Orange Army worked like trojans all day – the Moseley members were exhausted, and we were just driving the various machines rather than doing the physical labouring. Well done and many thanks to all of you! We should just add that a few had already departed when the group photo was taken – thank you to those who aren’t included.