Details of the construction of those sections can be found by
following the 'Phase' links.
the completion of the construction of the core railway there now comes
the need to maintain it. Once each construction phase had been
completed and brought into use there is a
need to keep it in good order whilst the next section was built. Also
construction phases provided the basic railway only and not much else.
The next few years will therefore see work on enhancing and improving
the general infrastructure along the line. The Upkeep and Improvements
Section will follow
Upkeep and Improvements
- 2010 onwards:
the detail of the work to be reported is likely to be less
that of the construction phases, fewer pages are now likely to be
needed to report those activities. With this in mind
and in order to keep the reporting in
manageable sections, new pages have been created to
each of the railway's operational token
sections - see the headings at the top of the page. For the
being work on stations will normally be recorded in the section of
which they form the "down" or Blaenau" end.
appear in the first section in addition to Dinas.
major activities start that need more intensive
reporting, then we'll add extra pages as required.
June 2011 - New single
The single line tokens have been manufactured in the past to various
designs on an ad hoc
basis when the need has arisen as new sections of the line have been
opened. A new set of tokens has now been manufactured to a
consistent pattern and is scheduled to be brought into use between
Caernarfon and Beddgelert on 18th June 2011.
July 2011 Greasers' Express
A important if unglamorous
task in maintaining the railway is greasing the points. John
Wooden has produced a video of the
work of the "Greasers" working on the "Greasers' Express"
7th December 2011
Some time ago posts were erected along the whole length of Phase 4 (by
Andy Savage and his team) to take kilometre plates. These plates have
now been manufactured in a plastic material and all the plates from
Km40 at Rhyd Ddu to Km59 at Porthmadog have now been installed bar one.
A photo is enclosed of the plate for Km49 which will be installed in
Tunnel 4 before too long.
Also on Phase 4, some
bridges on the higher sections have had similar OB/UB plates installed
but there are still some to be placed lower down. In the fullness of
time it is hoped to have plates manufactured and installed for all the
level crossings between Rhyd Ddu and Porthmadog. Picture and report by
21st June 2012 Team Wylfa at
work Week by week, once the trains been put away and the
operating staff have gone home, this team sets to work
unobtrusively in the carriage shed at Dinas.
Most WHR carriages run on plain bearings,which need regular
maintenance, a task which is in the hands of the volunteers in Team
Wylfa. Axle by axle, they remove each bearing cover plate to
expose the bearing, inject oil as necessary and then replace the cover
plate. This may be a simple enough procedure in
itself, but each carriage has eight bearings, so to service
an entire carriage set can mean repeating the procedure around fifty
times, enough to occupy a full evening.
As a result of the team's work, service disruption due to hot
axle boxes is a rare occurrence on the railway, and wear on the bearings is minimised. It is work
which otherwise would have to be undertaken by paid staff out
of hours at considerable cost to the railway.
The team has difficulty making up its numbers at times and would
welcome more support, even on an occasional basis, no special skill
required, offers to Clive