Category Archives: Lineside maintenance

Dull As Ditch Water

  Running through lovely rolling hills in Mid Wales the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway  (W&LLR) is a little over eight miles long. That means there are 16 miles of fences, or hedges (or in places both) to maintain. Added … Continue reading

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Storm Patrol

On the night of Wednesday 17th January there was a storm with high winds and rain over much of the British Isles. The next day your author and his wife found themselves in Hertfordshire making the roof of a relative’s … Continue reading

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When Winter Comes Howling In

The words below are from Winter Song written by Alan Hull of the folk/rock band Lindisfarne and it featured on their 1970 debut album Nicely Out Of Tune When winter’s shadowy fingers First pursue you down the street And your … Continue reading

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A Lament For Five Brothers

Five of us, brothers, stood beside the water Bright sun played on the ripples We mourned for our cousin Lost when she fell into the river We were tall, the others handsome But I for twenty summers Bore a scar … Continue reading

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Messing About By The River

From Llanfair Caereinion for a distance of two miles, almost to Cyfronydd, the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway follows the course of the River Banwy. For about one and a quarter miles the river is adjacent to the line but … Continue reading

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Time For A Trim

  An 8 mile long railway has got 16 miles of verge to keep tidy and it has been a while since the line side grass and hedges of the Welshpool &Llanfair Light Railway had a good trim. Yes, there … Continue reading

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Up A Drain Pipe

The heritage railway movement might use rails but it depends on people. People from all walks of life who willingly give some of their time to make things happen. There are the obvious things that have to be done: trains … Continue reading

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Tree-mendous Achievement

The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway 2016-17 winter hedgebash project has come to a successful conclusion. In just six weekends the gang has made a significant impact on the vegetation alongside the line on the Golfa Bank. The extent of … Continue reading

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Tending To The Tamper

Maintaining railway track involves hard physical work. The sleepers and rails are heavy. Then there is the ballast. Each individual lump may only weigh a few tens of grammes but it is required by the ton. The ballast not only … Continue reading

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Track Maintenance

A couple of weeks ago there was a plaintive email from the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway locomotive roster clerk asking for someone to drive the Track Gang’s works train on Friday 10th of June as their regular driver was … Continue reading

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