Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron ……..
……… And at the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway the workshops are busy.
It might be January but there is a huge amount of work to complete before the railway opens to the public again on the 28th of March.
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The Earl in the workshops. The chimney might look OK from the floor but it is heavily corroded and needs to be replaced. The fixing bolts have been ground off and it is held on with three accommodation bolts. The dome cover is off in preparation for the annual visual boiler inspection. W&L firemen will also be well aware that the left hand side live steam injector requires overhauling or replacing.
699.01 Sir Drefaldwyn Rebuild
In addition to getting the operational locos ready for the coming season work is continuing on rebuilding 699.01
Not recorded in photographs were activities taking place in the Machine Shop and Carriage Shed.
These few pictures give a flavour of what it takes to keep a heritage steam railway going. Volunteers form the key labour force and there are tasks available to suit every skill level. Training is available so it is quite feasible to start off by doing simple unskilled jobs and then over the months and years learn fitting skills, how to operate machine tools, weld and so forth.
Our hostel at Llanfair Caereinion, Keyes Cottage, has just been re-furbished. The showers have been significantly improved, there is a much better cooker in the Duty Mess Room, the washing machine is now next to the locker room and everywhere is much brighter. So, if you are visiting either on a daily basis or a few days at time there are good facilities for washing and eating.
If you are interested please get in touch.
You can phone the office on 01938 810441 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org