Stop sniggering at the back!
There is a preserved LNER sign at Goathland station which proclaims the track to be maintained to a standard worthy of such commendation. These signs date back to when there used to be local permanent way gangs responsible for their own individual lengths of the railway, as opposed to outside contractors who might be working in Hull one weekend and Halifax the next.
I do not think the PWay gang responsible for the track in San Fernandez are likely to be nominated for any awards! When they saw the cameraman they abandoned their pump trolley on the shed lead and headed off for breakfast instead of posing with their handiwork.
The track in the station has been weathered this morning, toning down the whiteness of the sand and filler mix.
Railcar 48 was assigned to the early train for Grande today but, this being the FCPyF, it has not left yet. Early means sometime before elevenses in these parts.
Diesel 15 had the honour of taking the first train over the newly ballasted junction instead.
No.9 has had some work done on her tender. Both loco and tender are motorised and they’re hard-wired together. They were awkward to pick up because neither body was secured to its chassis but the tender is now attached using “Blacktack” (which I am informed does not dissolve in oil the same way that other reusable putties do). Time will tell, but I’ll take care when lubricating the mechanisms.
Another double-motored small loco is 79. She’s in the works for tarting up. The (cardboard) cab is getting a bit tatty so I’ll replace it with beer can sheet metal. The tender will also get some attention. It sits too far back on its wheels so I’ll either alter or replace the chassis to get a more balanced look. No.79 will be repainted in Heritage Brown after her rebuild.
Ravenglass & Windermere No.5 was to be fitted with Kadees to act as a spare shunt engine at Carters Bridge but she has been re-allocated for passenger traffic and retains her original Dapol couplers for compatibility with the R&W coaches. Blacktack has again been used, attaching the cab to the footplate, and the loco is ready for transfer back to home rails. I had intended to extend the OO loco’s front end around the dumb buffers but they were simple plug-in parts so I removed them and added a new (coffee stirrer) headstock. The appearance of the engine has changed quite surprisingly, and pleasingly, because of this shortening of the front end.
And finally, as they say in the news before the trivial bit to make you feel better about all the doom and gloom, compare this photo with the earlier one of No.15.
A barrio bajo is taking shape on the outskirts of San Fernandez. The shanties will be made to look as if they’re constructed using a mixture of scrap materials for the walls with corrugated iron for the roofs.