Over the winter we have had a few projects on the go to make sure the railway is in good condition for the 2014 season.
The poor weather in January and February highlighted a few areas along the railway where drainage channels and culverts along the railway had become blocked, particularly on the stretch of line around Canna Park. Not only have we ensured the culverts are unblocked, but the drainage channels have been cleared and in some cases enlarged.
Work has also progressed on our experimental diesel electric railcar, with the final driver’s controls now nearing completion.
Part of the track just before Newmills station has also been relayed this winter, with ex. Dean Hill 50lb/yd rail replacing the 40lb/yd rail previously laid on that stretch of track. The 40lb/yd rail, however, will now be cascaded down the line and used to replace some lighter 30lb/yd rail which is laid near Launceston – this further relaying is currently planned to be completed in May.
With the track reconnected at Newmills, we can now start getting ready for the season to begin again, in a little over a week’s time on Sunday 13th April.