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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 62 - Spring 1987

Shed Noticeboard - From the 4-Foot - Civil Engineering News

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Trevor Page - The 120 yard gap in the Up Yard main running line pictured on 7th February 1987 just after the rails and sleepers had been removed, but prior to the digging out and removal of the ash ballast - still a long way to go!

The last weeks of 1986 saw the regular gang continuing with small maintenance and renewal jobs. The completion of the Ivatt shed roads, unfortunately, could not be achieved because of some very bad weather and the P-Way gang having to become involved in other jobs around the site. It is the same old story of not enough manpower to do all the work. It is hoped, however, to complete roads one and two in the Spring. The Ivatt Trust must be thanked for providing the JCB to remove the embankment that was obstructing the alignment of road one.

One of the items that was highlighted in the DTP Inspector's report last year was the section of track that runs parallel to the BR line that was not attended to by the Department when the rest of the line was relaid. These 120 yards of track were still on the original ash ballast and Mr Abbott required that it be relaid with proper granite ballast. It was, therefore, decided to make this the Winter project. The job was started at the end of January and by hook or by crook was to be completed in time for Easter and involved removing the existing rails and sleepers, digging out the ash ballast, laying a bed of new granite, replacing the sleepers (new ones) and rails, adding more granite and, finally, levelling, aligning and packing. To help lay the new ballast once the rails had been relaid, a Catfish 10T hopper wagon was to be delivered at the beginning of March. For the record, the job was set to use 120 replacement chaired sleepers and 120 tonnes of ballast. Later in the year it is proposed to acquire another 120 tonnes of stone to lay at the Aylesbury end of the line, thus allowing trains to run the full length of the Up Yard. There is also much work to keep everyone occupied fettling the sidings.

The Down Yard main line really requires a great deal of money to be spent on it in the near future and so it will only be used on Bank Holidays and special occasions in 1987, however much work is being done on it to ensure that it remains fit for passenger traffic.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1987 and so does not reflect events in the 27+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Shed Noticeboard - From the 4-Foot - Civil Engineering News - Quainton News No. 62 - Spring 1987

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