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Date: December 2018

Date: December 2018

Date: November 2018

The end of the siding butted right up to the entrance of the shed so the bales could be rolled off right into the shed.

On another occasionl the Clayton took charge of the bales and these were then taken right down to the end of the line, so one left in the field, and the other covered in the new shed.

There had been several deliveries of the large rolled hay bales over the winter, and here the W&R helps them back to the hay barn.

 
 

Date: December 2018

Date: December 2018

Date: November 2018

All 6 new reconditioned cells all in place and wired in. At least the connectors are just bolted in place these days without the need for soldering each terminal.

The old cells that were replaced looked as though they could have been from the 1950s or even earlier, but they slid out of the container without too much problem.

The midlandbattery.com were requested to come and swap out 6 of the very old batteries and replace with reconditioned ones. 4 of the newer cells are already in position in the photo.

 

Date: November 2018

Date: November 2018

Date: November 2018

After all the years of faithful service, the Wingrave and Rogers loco, started to have charging problems, and this was isolated to just one cell proved by looping the cell out of the circuit.

Some tree and hedge clearance is helped by use of a couple of skips.

A feed/hay shed takes shape at the end of the field.

 

Date: October 2018

Date: October 2018

Date: October 2018

so finally before the end of October the last rails were in place and the railway had effectively been finished.

The final 2 sidings on the line take shape.

By October the point was being spiked down and the alignment of the tracks leading off the point was being worked out. There are no prefectly laid out plans here, it's just worked out as we go!

 
 

Date: September 2018

Date: September 2018

Date: September 2018

At the other end of the field the muck was still being dug out into bags from the never ending supply in the muck heap.

As usual with secondhand equipment it needed bit of fettling to get a smooth run over the point, and it was not finally nailed into place until it was perfectly aligned (or as perfect as it's going to ger here).

The point at the end of the line was finally dropped into place on the levelled set of sleepers and connected to the mainline.

 

Date: September 2018

Date: September 2018

Date: August 2018

Another few rails and sleepers make their way to the bottom of the field.

On the driveway ready for offloading.

A decent load of bagged manure being brought down to the driveway to fulfill a large order.

 

Date: August 2018

Date: August 2018

Date: August 2018

A left hand point had been purchased, only afterwards realising it was only in 16lb rail. However as the heaviest loco on th line was only 3.5t as long as the point was well supported it should be fine....hopefully!!

In the early morning No.12 has nearly reached the current end of the line to continue track laying.

at least by August time the muck pit was nicely dried out, so digging it out was similar to digging fresh peat.

 

Date: July 2018

Date: July 2018

Date: July 2018

Not exactly a perfectly prepared trackbed but it meets the requirements of this industrial railway, as the rails are curved round the end of the field.

A mix of sleepers had been used for the extension, here some of the decent ex mainline sleepers have been sawn in half ready for laying.

An evening view, looking back to the stables from the newly laid track in the far field.

 

Date: July 2018

Date: July 2018

Date: July 2018

Travellig down on part of the new extension the skips are emptied at various points along the line.

In mid summer the line passes a couple of horses with the essential fly rugs to make life bearable from horseflys, etc.

Loco and skips in a typical pose ready for loading at the large muck heap.

 

Date: July 2018

Date: July 2018

Date: July 2018

Near the end of the line with wheelbarrow ready to spread more muck.

Reversing back along the line with another couple of full skips of composted manure. The advantage of th diesel locos over the battery locos is that they can be set to trundle along without anyone at the controls.

No.12 is nearly lost in the sidings amongst the weed growth of mid summer.

Date: June 2018

Date: June 2018

Date: June 2018

Another tracklayiing train near to the end of the line, which was being slowly extended along the edge of the field.

No.12 which had always been so reliable was struggling to start and the problem was diagnosed to the injector/s which were professionally cleaned. Seen here back in place on top of the 2 cylinder Deutz motor, they were now probably th cleanest thing on the loco!!

Loading up with another batch of rail and sleepers for a few hours tracklaying.

 

Date: June 2018

Date: June 2018

Date: June 2018

An occasional outing for the Spoorijzer loco seen here near the wagon sheds.

A typical track laying train, with the new tool van, a couple of converted flat wagons acting as bolster wagons for the rail, and another flat for other tools, etc.

Offloading the rail onto the temporary stockpile.

 
 

Date: June 2018

Date: May 2018

Date: May 2018

Following a delivery of secondhand 20lb rail from Alan Keef Ltd, the rail was move in several batches to a temporary storage area at the back of the wagon sheds.

On a weekend in May, the W&R is pushing some flat wagons back to unload more cut firewood.

The W&R is parked up before filling the skips once again from what remained of the muck heap.

 

Date: May 2018

Date: April 2018

Date: April 2018

By May, it had been decided that the requirement of keeping 3 battery locos regularly charged to maintain the quality of the battery cells was just too much of an overhead and B3825, the last battery loco to arrive is seen being loaded onto a hiab lorry for onward transort to it's new home in Gloucestershire.

Down on the driveway, the skips slowly get emptied and the bags of muck are also popular for those who pop round in cars.

After pulling a couple of skips of muck back, the loco is moved around the wagons so they can be pushed to the driveway, and left for the people in the village to help themselves.

 
 

Date: April 2018

Date: March 2018

Date: March 2018

By April time the composted manure is being dug out to cope with springtime demand, and here is being bagged up for transport back to the other end of the line.

Hay in normal sized bales is also delivered to the driveway and moving these around is a little easier that the large rolled bales. For a small delivery like this, the single wagon is just hand pushed to the stables.

Clayton B3825 with a number of flat wagons, sits at what was in February 2018 the end of the line, marked by the sleepers on the left preventing runaways.

 

Date: March 2018

Date: March 2018

Date: February 2018

Arriving at the field, the snow and ice was now beginning to melt.

The new Clayton B3825 assists with another trip up to the far fields in poor weather conditions.

In February, both the Clayton battery locos pose by the loco shed inbetween charging.

 

Date: February 2018

Date: February 2018

Date: February 2018

When the horses were in the furthest fields such as here in February 2018, then the railway also assists taking up feed and water to the horses. At this time of year, in th mornings hot water is used to melt any ice in the water troughs.

The wagons were then pulled to the stables for unloading.

In February the large rolls of hay were still being delivered to the driveway, and simply being placed onto the flatwagons by the local farmer.

 

Date: February 2018

Date: February 2018

Date: February 2018

The tool van built on a Hudson skip chassis was now complete and provided storage for various maintenance materials and tools.

The Wingrove ans Rogers loco arrived back at the loco sheds for unloading, following some timber collection.

The Wingrove and Rogers at the wagon sheds after assisting with some fence repairs and moving some cut timber back to the garden area.

 

Date: January 2018

Date: January 2018

Date: January 2018

Clayton B0176 on fencing maintenance duties.

Clayton B3825 was being pressed into use frequently to discharge the batteries and allow regular charging.

On a cold January day Clayton B0176 was in use moving a small amount of timber and some bagged manure.

 

Steve Thomason 2019

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