March S&T Report
By Robert Law
Time is flying by and it is a struggle to keep up with all things S&T! We have not been ideal, the winter! That is for sure. I am happy to report that our, independent recognized experts. From out with the Strathspey railway have visited and preformed an independent new works commission testing of Dalfaber ABCL. The crossings was scrutinized, to the finest detail. A short list of post testing snagging was produced and this has since been acted on. The legal order to operate trains over the crossing was granted from the ORR on the 3rd of March. Independent testing was completed by the 4th of March. On the 5th of March the possession of the line was lifted and the crossing was formally handed back the the operations department. Allowing them to start training and familiarization of the crossing for all staff and volunteers before the start of the railways running season. Thanks is to be given to ALL who have been involved in the project! It has been a big one. With grate rewards for the railway, including a much Safer railway for all!
|The last part of the testing. Actually running a train over it!
37674 had the honour of being the first engine over the crossing,
With the crossing in automatic control.
Now with that one out the way! It is time to get back to the other smaller projects around the railway.
With the implementation of the improved interlocking at Speyside Cabin last year. There was a couple of operational difficulties..? But things that had become harder with making thing safer! This has been taken on board and a solution has been developed. Instead of the North GF at Aviemore station been released by a physical key/ token that is retained within the frame in Speyside Cabin. It will soon be done by an electrical release instead. Which will make things more flexible for our operations department.
|Was a great idea to refurbish the location case in the shed.
But made it very difficult to collect and deliver to site!
|Now at its new home. This location case will house the equipment that is required at the remote end to operate the GF electrical release.
|Underneath Speyside Cabin, work is progressing. A new work bench has been installed and the electrical supply board has been improved. Sorry but the picture does not do justice, to the amount of work that has been done.
|Another job that has been completed is the fabrication of new lids for the locking trays. Now the locking is contained and protected.
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