Tony Baker reports:
Gang activities on the 21st February consisted of assisting the
railway's telecom staff to install a replacement cable at Beddgelert.
The existing cable, which carries 2 circuits, had become noisy and
preliminary investigation had found the cable to be trapped where it
went under Cwm Cloch Lane in a duct. This road was tarmaced once phase
4 was completed and this activity could have contributed to the
problem. It was decided to provide a new cable routed over the bridge,
which carries the line over Cwm Cloch Lane, so avoiding going
under the road. Once over the bridge the cable comes down the abbutment
and then follows the fence to the water tower where it joins the
existing cable to the station buildings. A new junction box mounted on
a wooden post was provided at the side of the water tower.
activity was completed they went first to Cutting Mawr, then to
Weirglodd Isaf and then to Plas y Nant, at each location knocking in
posts to take chainage markers.
Broomfield reports that the Tuesday Gang South laid new paving slabs by
the staff entrance to the ticket office at Beddgelert.
Tuesday Gang South undertook sevreral tasks:
- A second coat of black Hammerite Smooth was applied to the running-in
board supports and the spacers supporting the new guttering were
stained to match the building.
Beddgelert - A broken
branch, which was overhanging the fence at the bottom of Cwm Cloch,
near the gateway, was sawn through, to prevent any
Plas y Nant - The running-in board (frame
and lettering) was given a coat of white primer, following the rubbing
down of the framework, accomplished earlier.
Using surplus plywood from Beddgelert and newly-purchased framing
timber, notice boards were constructed, stained and fitted to both
(NB - the internal dimensions of these two boards are approximately 920
x 648 mm.)
Ddu - Theye attempted to sort out the foot crossing central timbers,
but the 4 retaining bolts proved too stubborn and could not be undone
(WD40 was applied, to no avail).
Rhyd Ddu to Pitts Head
'straight' - a (road-side) level crossing gate was seen to be open and
the problem identified as a broken 'swing-over' latch (an earlier weld
Using some handy blue string, we tied the two gates together, as a
Report by Steve Broomfield
Gang reports: We spent May 8th checking for loose T bolts at Pont
Croesor and Rhyd Ddu. We were confined to the section between the north
and south point blades i.e. station limits in the absen not have a
Track Safe Supervisor but found plenty to keep us busy. Where seized
bolts were encountered they were treated to a splash of diesel to
lubricate them prior to a further visit. Report by Tony Baker
Tuesday Gang started by collecting timber from Boston Lodge, which is
to be used to construct platform benches. We then proceeded to
Beddgelert where the benches there needed rearranging. They are heavy,
7 of us managed them but would not like to carry them far. Then to Rhyd
Ddu to carry on with our maintenance of "T" bolts. This time we had all
the necessary tools and were able to deal with even the most stubborn.
This location is now completed. Finally back to Dinas to put the timber
collected earlier into store. Heavy showers and a white covering on
Snowdon, yes, it is May.
Report by Tony Baker
Over the weekend of 2/3 June the North Wales / Black Hand
Gang carried out preparation work at Beddgelert station for the
completion of the new siding alignment there.
A siding had previous been installed which at its furthest extremity
had been aligned with the old inspection / ash pit that was still
extant at Beddgelert. This siding had limited capacity and the curve
leading over the pit was too tight for any WHR rolling stock to
negotiate, therefore of not much use. The curve was so tight that it
also looked wrong in comparison to the rest of the lay-out at
Beddgelert. Also the pit could not have been used as it did not confirm
with modern safety standards. The new alignment will cross the
pit at an angle (running parallel to the water tower) with a reduced
curvature to give the maximum usable siding length.
Work over the weekend comprised:
Removal of obstructions around the old
pit to create a level surface.
In-filling the pit with ash.
Cutting back vegetation on the new
Marking out the alignment.
Building a supporting block wall for the
creation of an access ramp by the contractor who will be carrying out a
lot of the ground works.
is likely to be installed after the main 2012
Report by Dafydd Thomas and Andy Keene, photos by Andy Keene
Tuesday Gang South
undertook the following:
1) Micro-ETS Guard training for David Barnwell (09:35 train from Port.).
2) At Beddgelert, the 'new' ladder was installed on brackets in the
Lamp Room and the small handle was re-fitted to the South shelter door.
3) At Meillionen, an ERC was replaced (44.58) and gate bolts tightened.
4) At LC41.16 (Cae'r Gors), loose gate bolts were tightened.
5) At LC41.34, sight lines ('Down' trains) were greatly improved, by
cutting down some small trees and some general 'bushwhacking'..
6) At Nantmor halt, a hole was drilled in the floor for the 'second'
gate bolt and a 'missing' nut on the entrance gate furniture was
7) At Britannia Bridge, the fencing alongside the footpath was repaired
and wire 'security' mesh was added...hopefully to prevent
Additionally, Timetables were replenished at Meillionen and Nantmor.
Report by Steve Broomfield
Meanwhile Tuesday Gang
were also in action:
Today we cleaned out another culvert, this time at Coed Mawr. It had
become completely blocked last week and was partially cleared by
Tuesday Gang South.
However as they did not have wellies and there was reportedly 8' of
water they only partially cleared the blockage. We attended, with
wellies and found that a large quantity of debris had washed down,
mostly leaf mould, very cloggy stuff. We cleared it all out and checked
all other culverts in this part of Beddgelert Forest. They were found
to be ok. With this culvert blocked the water had poured down the
trackbed and exited near to Coed Mawr level crossing leaving a large
gap scoured out under the fence. This we filled with boulders. Before
and after shots attached.
Both trains very well patronised.
After lunch we returned to our regular job of servicing T bolts. Seven
loose and seized bolts were dealt with.
Report by Tony Baker
North Wales/Black Hand Gang were at work relaying the
siding at Beddgelert. They completed the track work and installed the
buffer stop on the siding at Beddgelert which will now need to be
levelled with a requirement for more ballast. The pictures by Steve
the new alignment between the water tower base and the lamp hut
The Tuesday Gang South installed a new noticeboard/map outside the
reception area at the Beddgelert Forest Campsite
The following were achieved by the Tuesday Gang South on 7
1) Minffordd (car park) - 3 posts were concreted in, for the new
FfR/WHR Map Board.
2) Cwm Cloch Ganol (46.43) - 2 SR signs near the crossing were
3 ) Beddgelert Station - the final gloss coat was applied to
the South building door.
4) Nantmor Station (49.58) - shelter gate closed (again) ; more
5) Nantmor Bank (50.27) - sight lines were improved by branch trimming.
6) Hafod y Llyn NT (50.79) - sight lines were improved by tree / branch
7) Afon Nanmor (51.96-51.98) - sight lines were improved by tree /
8) Llyn Bach (59.40) - a temporary repair was effected to a damaged
fencing top rail
Report by Steve Broomfield
7th August 2012
The Tuesday Gang spent the day at Beddgelert
Campsite. The first task was to deal with a dip in the upper
S-bend at 44.05. They then moved to Meillionen to mend a
fence broken by a falling branch and cleared out a ditch.Report by Tony
Tuesday Gang South erected a new noticeboard at Beddgelert