Thanks to grant money received from the Heritage Lottery Emergency fund we have been able to hire contractors to speed our work replacing old wooden sleepers with concrete ones. These will last us for many years to come. Here you can see their RRV (Road Rail Vehicle) heading back to Dufftown. Tom, our permanent way […]
Here we see Gavin Loughran of Green Man Tree Care expertly felling some tall trees so they don’t fall on the track.
On Monday 12th October at about 1430 the railway bridge over the road was struck by an HGV travelling towards Dufftown. Damage resulted in overnight road closure. The matter is in hand with our insurers.
If members want to take part they can register with Zoom to get a free account ; you will receive an invitation link by email and you can be seen via your webcam; otherwise you can join by phone using ID and password.
It’s not the most exciting work of volunteering but these old dears need a good cleanup. It’s a big job and a long train but it’s all well worth the effort!
Work is being undertaken at Towiemore to renew the farm crossing excavating and replacing ballast. At Dufftown some point-work has been replaced within the limit of shunt.
Track-side tree cutting will begin this week (12th October). This is being undertaken by a local contractor to catch up on work delayed by Covid 19 restrictions. It is also being funded by the National Lottery Emergency Grant.
An operator training schedule is being set up for the RRV. We have also managed to source another small bucket.We have commissioned a survey of the Parkmore Quarry under-bridge as a result of damage caused by numerous strikes from passing HGVs. An initial report has been received. Remedial action may be required to ensure safety.
Subject to any subsequent changes, these meetings will be held at Drummuir Village Hall on Saturday 14th November. Volunteers 1-2 pm AGM 2-4 pm.
We have recently received a three coach class 144 unit from Porterbrook Leasing Company. It is one of a number of units transferred to the heritage sector.