An inspector calls

As usual I’ve got Wednesday as a free day so I can get some work done on the railways. As a departure from the usual I’ve not been working on the FCPyF today though. Today has been dedicated to the Seaside Line.

The haze is due to a haar, typical of the area, drifting inland. 

The new track has been laid, wired and tested, then buried in the dirt because I’m a firm believer in narrow gauge track looking better if it looks neglected. I’ve not used air drying clay for such a job before but I have achieved satisfactory results using filler, so what’s the difference?

Well, the difference, hopefully, is that the clay will dry to look like mud so I don’t need to paint it. Me? Lazy? Oh, yes, yes indeed. I have it tuned to a fine art. As an aside, that passenger on the bench at Muston has got some patience, the line was still 18 inch gauge when he sat down! By now you’re probably beginning to wonder what all this has to do with “An Inspector Calls”. Unlike the FCPyF the Seaside Line has quite strict safety rules, that’s the difference between the Sierra Oculta government railway inspector and the somewhat more “efficient” jobsworth dispatched under protest from his comfy London office to the cold and damp Yorkshire coast. Anyway, he was quite surprised to find that the imported Latin American management and labour were actually not doing a bad job of upgrading the line. In fact he had only one recommendation to make before granting Blackcloud Railways permission to carry passengers on the Seaside Line.

That was the provision of short platforms on the opposite side of the track from the main platform at each station, as shown above. The reason being that the Seaside Line has been making enquiries about leasing railcar 27 from the FCPyF and, like road buses, railcar 27 only has passenger access from one side. The railcar stages are not intended for passengers to wait on, just to provide a level surface for them to board from or alight to.

I’m now waiting for the clay to dry, might as well take the dog for a walk. I need some more Bostik so the walk will probably take me into town, which probably means stopping to read the paper do the crossword in the Military Arms.



About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.
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