Weekend engineering works

Having got thoroughly fed up with the repetitive “Boom, tish, de, de, boom, Boom, tish, de, de, boom, Boom, tish, de, de, boom, Boom, tish, de, de, boom” of the muzac in the pub I came home early last night. I wouldn’t mind if the bass was turned down so it could be ignored, but it wasn’t.

Anyway with an hour or so to kill before bedtime I got round to doing an outstanding P-way job on the railway. The curve at the bottom of the incline from Rio up to Cumbre had developed reverse super-elevation when the supports below the baseboard were adjusted some time ago so I soaked the ballast in wet water to loosen the glue then packed the sleeper ends on the outer side of the curve and re-ballasted the track before soaking with diluted PVA.

In the true manner of weekend engineering works this will probably overrun and the glue won’t be dry in time for tomorrow’s trains. Replacement bus service? Not on your Nelly, you pay train prices, you travel by train. Even if that means waiting, and waiting, hey, we’re in South America, what’s the rush? Mañana!

While the high line was closed for the re-ballasting work the low line also received some late night attention.

This container normally sits on the platform at Grande, presumably used for small goods storage, but it also fits nicely on a converted Tri-ang track cleaning wagon to provide the weight needed in keeping the cleaning pad pressed hard on the rails.

Consolidation number 33 was in charge of the engineering train, the other two vehicles in the consist being a coupler adaptor wagon, with Kadee at the loco end and tension lock at the other, and a caboose, because – well just because.

The track cleaning wagon is used in Tunel Resurreccion.

It’s a lot easier than reaching in elbow deep from either end and still only just getting finger tips to the middle of the tunnel.


About Bob Hughes

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