An informal blog about the work going on with the Cambrian Heritage Railways' (CHR) extension to Weston. This volunteer project aims to connect the existing running line to Weston Wharf where a station will be built. Copyright for the pictures remains with the original photographer
Despite the overcast weather the work at Weston continues and moves up a gear as we proceed with the construction of the station.
The Tuesday volunteers were in the thick of the action as deliveries were made and materials moved into position.
Andy G was on hand with his camera to catch some of the developments. We start with the cleared trackbed receiving piles of fresh ballast. These deliveries continued throughout the day.
The on-site mess cabin is proving to be a big hit and lunch was had in the relative warmth. The second picture shows most of the team taking a well earned break and testing the quality of the tea. The dents in the door were there before and are not the results of the volunteers seeking to exit quickly to continue their work.
Gradually the site is being reorganised to allow work on the sidings to be completed. The stacks of sleepers on the tracks have been relocated allowing access for fettling and final alignment. The last picture shows the current status.
There is still plenty to do and many opportunities to get involved. Keep watching the blog for updates.
Again thanks to the volunteers who helped and to Andy G for the pictures.
It was back to work for the Thursday Gang volunteers and a chance to shed some of those extra pounds gained over the Christmas holidays. Thursday's activities were concentrated at Weston where the race is on to assemble the points before the sectional platform is assembled. Once the platform is in place there will be no access for machinery.
Andy G took the following picture as Pete M continued to lay out the point components. Don't worry there are not two different gauges, the final alignment requires some leverage to put the rails in the right orientation.
In the background the team continues with vegetation clearance. The warmth of the bonfire seemed to be very popular.
More materials for the station are due to arrive shortly so space is at a premium and it is vital to have the area cleared.
The Saturday volunteers will continue with the work at Weston and we will keep updating you with progress.
More volunteers are always welcome and the important tea making facilities are now on site at Weston. These facilities have been thoroughly tested and confirmed fit for purpose, by multiple users.
Although it might be cold outside there is a passion burning in the hearts of CHR members as we seek to maintain the impressive progress of 2019 in to 2020.
Thanks to all who braved the weather to volunteer and to Andy G for the picture.
Happy New Year and welcome to the start of another year of progress on the CHR project to connect Oswestry to Weston by a heritage railway.
Firstly a very big thank you to all who have supported the Santa Specials over Christmas. This includes all of the volunteers and helpers who put on a great show but mostly to the customers who rode on the trains. The trains were pretty much full for the duration. Thank you one and all.
The latest newsletter has just been published, have you signed up? You can sign up on the CHR homepage. In the newsletters you can read about some of the plans and the back story to current activities.
Now that the running season is over it's time to get back on with restoration and improvements, once the decorations and props for the festive season have been packed away.
In the shed at Oswestry the suburban coach restoration continues with the roof having received attention and a new coat of paint applied.
Many thanks to CHR Facebook for the picture.
Work at Weston will pick up again after Christmas with the intention to get the trackwork in place whilst access is still possible. The Cambrian shuffle will start again as materials need to be brought down from Oswestry to complete the station.
Looking forward 2020 looks to be another important year for the project. There is so much going on it's a great time to get involved. You can also put in to action that new year's resolution to get fit and lose weight. What better way than to get involved, have lots of fun and help the railway to move forward!! We look forward to seeing you.
Thank you for visiting the blog and for supporting the railway over the last twelve months. It's been a year of solid progress and we aim to continue in 2020.
The Santa season has now finished and thank you to everyone who travelled and to the volunteers who gave up their Christmas shopping days. Many trains were sold out and feedback has been very positive.
In the new year we will be adding a Saturday morning working party, primarily to work at Weston.
We are in mid Santa season and all is going well. Bookings have been very good this year and some services have been sold out. Thank you!
Many thanks to all who have helped with the operation including the members of ATC Squadron 1165 from Oswestry, your assistance is much appreciated.
Coming up we have the last weekend, the Sunday afternoon was full so an additional run has been added at 15:30. Other services are close to being sold out. Book through the website if you want to come along.
Some restoration work is going on but we are concentrating on giving our visitors the best experience possible. Guy's camera is still out of action so a new one has been put on the Christmas list. Pictures will be added when available.