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, 25 May 2014 01:00

Of a landmark

25th May 2014

200th

According to the counting system within the software that runs Weekend Rails, this is the 200th edition of the blog, which began back in July 2010 on Railnuts. It has become a part of the Briddon family tradition over that time: indeed, we often find ourselves hunting back through it as a means of checking dates when things happened. If you are a new reader, feel free to trip back down my memory lane. If you have been with me for all or most of that time – well, I'm touched, but you should consider getting out more!!

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 18 May 2014 01:00

Of coolant, thrash and clag

18th May 2014

I'll open tonight's missive with some photos courtesy of Toby, one of our colleagues from Scunthorpe. I said a week or two ago that “Tom” had been out on the plant with some real wagons to play with, and that I should have a video soon to upload. Well, all being well the vid will be uploaded this evening, but here's a few stills from the day.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 27 April 2014 01:00

Of springs, fuel pumps and mortar

27th April 2014

As we drove back this evening, Andrew and I were trying to work out exactly what we did each day this week and were struggling to slot it all into place. The trouble is, he has had the week off (although you wouldn't believe it from the number of phone calls he's taken) and I had sort of agreed that I would keep pace with him, so let's see if I can get it right and in logical order.

As usual there's a hec of a lot to get through, so here goes....

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 06 April 2014 01:00

Of galas and kinked pipes

6th April 2014

Aaah, where to begin. So many disparate threads this week. Welcome to the first blog of April. Again, my apologies to those of you who had difficulty last week. Some little s*d managed to get into the site and added a “script” that put the server into a tizz. Other ISPs latched on and blocked access and it took a number of hours for the good news to filter through after it was fixed. Indeed, one reader phoned me Monday afternoon to say he could get it on his phone, but his office computer still insisted the site was down. Ah well, all passwords have been changed, all computers scanned for malware and I will remain vigilant.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
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, 02 February 2014 00:00

Of locos moving and being moved

2nd February 2014

So, there we were on Monday having a quick meeting with the contractor and reviewing progress to date. We are all agreed that the floor design wants modifying, and that none of us can work out exactly how we are supposed (in reality) to get the DPM to go the way the drawings show it, so I have gone back to the Structural Engineers with fresh drawings and asked them to come up with an alternative scheme. Meanwhile I was sorting out the personnel doors, and the concrete panels that will form the inside walls of the building up to head height. We had agreed with the contractor that work would commence on the steelwork on the 17th February, and I planned deliveries accordingly.

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 05 January 2014 00:00

Of shims, clunks and holes

5th January 2014

And so, Weekend Rails breaks into another year. Yet before I quite say bye-bye to 2013, there were two days this week when Andrew was off work and I was apparently available. So on Monday it was back into Rowsley – I had some work to do on a customer's loco but we brought Ashdown in to the shed (having drawn Austerity “Lord Phil" outside for a while) so that we could reach it with the MIG welder, and having removed the new sliding windows, Andrew cracked on with welding in the radius'd corner pieces and filling the holes for the old bolt holes from the original wooden droplight frame. For comparison sake, you may decide for yourself which looks better- (the welded bits had been hurriedly primed and sprayed back to prevent rusting).

Published in 2014 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 22 December 2013 00:00

Of coughs and sneezes

22nd December 2013

There are times when the wide range of people now reading this blog comes home to me. Like when one day this week, Andrew popped down to Darley to recover something from the container, and as he left and was locking the gate, was engaged in conversation by a man walking his dog. After revealing that he (the dog-walker) is a lapsed Peak Rail member and asking after the site clearance taking place (sidings, it seems he helped lay) he suddenly declared “oh, you must be Andrew Briddon” - and that he regularly reads this blog.

Published in 2013 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 08 December 2013 00:00

Of weights and windows

8th December 2013

The phone line between the Briddon Country Pile and the Structural Engineers got warm at the beginning of the week. Far from picking up an old drawing, as I had thought, the burying of the foundation pads below ground level in fact had a very important and insurmountable reason - the damp-proof membrane.

Published in 2013 Oct-Dec
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