Weekend Rails

what we do for our kids

Sunday, 22 June 2014 01:00

Of paperwork and platework

22nd June 2014

This weekend has had the patter of tiny feet resounding around the Briddon Country Pile, as our grandson has been up on a visit, and while in forthcoming times this may well be an excuse to go visit other railways, it will of necessity result in some curtailment of activities directly on the collection. Anyway, there's plenty to talk about this week.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 15 June 2014 01:00

Of making a mesh of things

15th June 2014

Today is our 40th wedding anniversary. Weeks ago I told a certain director who was planning out the loco rostering to keep the weekend clear just in case we wanted to do something to celebrate the occasion. But the wires got crossed, and I was rostered as usual on Saturday and have next weekend clear. Steph meanwhile, with pragmatic foresight (if you can have such a thing) had offered to help Lynn in the “Break Van” cafe at the railway today as it was the annual bus-rally. But I am not entirely mean and miserly – I bought her a lemon muffin.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 08 June 2014 01:00

Of blocks, boxes and bunnies

8th June 2014

Who in their right mind nominates Friday the 13th as the day to start laying concrete? Well, we have, and to be honest, it'll be touch and go if we're ready in time.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 01 June 2014 01:00

Of visitors, submersible pumps and driving tests

1st June 2014

Monday was Bank Holiday and the gala continued at Peak Rail, but as I said last week we had a VIP due so once we got onto site we dragged Ashdown around to a water hose outside the shed, and having replaced the suspect drain tap on the water pump with a plug, started to fill up.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 16 March 2014 00:00

Of grout and grinders

16th March 2014

Those of you who are regular readers will have twigged that my titles usually correlate in some manner with the text. Indeed, usually when I sit down to write this, the first bit I commit is “Of ?” and I return when I have got to the end and work out what common theme(s) have escaped from my musings to become proper prose. So, you might have wondered, why did the word “jacks” come in to the title last week when there was nothing much about jacks in the text. Ah. Well, there was, and then Andrew observed that I committed something of a faut paux, and it was much easier just to delete the entire bit and so I did, but clean forgot the tweak the title.

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 23 February 2014 00:00

Of banners and beams

23rd February 2014

Work resumed at Darley Dale on Monday with the gable ends, side purlins and various concrete panels still to complete. A framework for the personnel door at the side was duly incorporated, but a framework for the other door, which goes at the far end between the planned roller shutters, is not yet ready leaving that end of the building strangely skeletal.

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 16 February 2014 00:00

Of lists of things to do

16th February 2014

Right, make yourself a cup of tea, or pour a beer, because this might take some time. And for once, when sometimes I feel guilty that there is only one, or even none, in the way of photographs, this week there is lots to report and lots of pictures to show it with.

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 09 February 2014 00:00

Of firsts and seconds

9th February 2014

I headed back down to Rowsley on Monday afternoon and even as I got there, Chris the haulier was there with several lengths of nice long I beam which will make the final stanchions for the shed ends. We unloaded the pieces alongside the shed and off he went. When Andrew got home from work, he headed on down and we dragged the welder half out of the large workshop doors by which means the cables just reached the beams, and he could weld on the base plates. This was an entertaining practice, trying to line the plates up and get them somewhere about square (we fall back on the plus or minus 10mm tolerance of structural steel!) and in the near dark.

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 15 December 2013 00:00

Of meetings and motors

15th December 2013

Having had not one but two minor migraine's this week, it would appear that I am feeling a little stressed. I have had 3 on-site meetings, two with potential contractors and one with the CDM co-ordinator (and if you don't read this blog every week, I suggest you drop back and read last week's or you won't be able to keep up).

Published in 2013 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 01 December 2013 00:00

Of clubs, air and cylinder heads

1st December 2013

Some twenty or so years ago, when we lived back in Sheffield, I was sufficiently interested in a meeting of the Matlock Railway Club to drive the 25 miles over one evening when they met at a pub somewhere (as I recall) up near the council offices. What the meeting was about, other than I think it was a slide show, I do not now remember, but it was clearly not of sufficient interest for me to repeat the exercise.

Published in 2013 Oct-Dec
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