12.01.2019: Winter work continues
Work on No. 1 road in our locoshed continues. Today's task was to remove the longitudinal sleepers which were installed more than a century ago to support the rails on No.1 road. Over the years, they have become absolutely rotten in places although they still made strenuous efforts to resist their removal, since they were securely bolted to the brick foundations (this can be seen in the picture below to the left and right in the pit). The following picture shows all that remains of one of the longitudinal sleepers.
Old rails also had to be removed up to the shed door, to allow the foundations to be cleaned up. The following pictures show the unscrewing of the track-fixing bolts using a motorised rail bolt spanner and cutting a rail.
Further work has also been carried out on the vehicles. The braking system on diesel loco No. 60022 is having a thorough overhaul involving removing all system components, cleaning them, inspecting and lubricating them and then putting them back in place. New brake blocks, or brake shoes, are also being fitted.
Another little task was to take out our steam loco Emma's front spectacle glasses. Over the course of time, the glasses had become loose in their frames and rattled when going over every rail joint. To improve running comfort, they were replaced with new sealant.
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