Signalling Maintenance and Installation works.
15th October to 18th of November.
It is getting harder to find time and help to get on with the jobs at the minute. Between the the ever changing Government Guidelines and the colder and darker Autumn day’s arriving. Again there is no train’s running, even though that helps with our work. It reduces the enjoyment of being on site. This months work has been divided into two different parts. Maintenance and installation. This story starts at Aviemore with the maintenance of Speyside Box.
Speyside cabin sitting in the Autumn overcast sun. The general appearance of the box how ever good it looks, is in need of some major body work! The windows are tiered and the cladding has seen better days. But yet the cabin is probably the most important signal box on the Strathspey Railway now. Controlling movement’s out from the engine/carriage shed on to the main line. Secondly it controls all train movement’s in and out of the carriage storage shed. Within the cabin is the key token machine which will control the single line section between Aviemore and Boat of Garten. Needless to say time must be spent maintaining the signalling equipment to ensure the box is fault free.
Underneath the signal box there was a big job to do! The prop under the end of the frame was suffering from dry rot and required to be replaced. A jack was borrowed from the engine shed, packing pieces found around the yard. The leaver locking frame was loose-end up to allow the cross beams to be lifted just enough to knock the old prop out and get the new one in. As you can see in the top left image, the prop was not in the best of conditions.