Watercress Line

Blog 8th Dec

Saturday 8th December 2018

A report by Corina Silk with photographs by Corina and Adrian C.

A breezy, damp day greeted a small gang of 7.

Adrian C and Eddie walked up the line to Alton, while Ian J and Brian Hi walked down the line to Alresford to do the line inspections.

Corina, John and Brian Ha stayed at the yard to do some work. Corina painted some Wickham Trolley parts with red oxide, leaving Brian and John try to change a broken wheel on one of the small 1 tonne trolleys. The pin holding the broken wheel was so bent that Dillon’s (of the Wagon Group) help was needed to angle grind through it, enabling a replacement to be fitted.

Corina, John and Brian Ha then joined Eddie and Adrian for breakfast down at the Station Café in Alton. After this they went back to base to wait for Ian and Brian Hi return. Ian had to leave the gang as he was working in the afternoon. This left the rest (apart from John who had some repairs to do at Medstead) to go down to Ropley to dig out some of the sleeper beds on the approach to the new sidings. This will then be ready for ballasting and packing.

After the digging exercise, the gang went back to Medstead were Eddie and Brian Ha attached a new fuel pipe to Wickham no 2, and Adrian and Corina started to clear some of no. 3 siding in preparation for the erection of a temporary shed to house the Wickham Trollies in the dry while they are being restored. At approximately 2.30pm, strong winds and heavy rain set in so it was decided to finish for the day.

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