August / September 2014 update ?>

August / September 2014 update

Track laying on the new siding
Track laying on the new siding

A visit from the mining inspectorate requested some changes to our operating practices. Most seriously, we have been told not to store or operate locomotives within the mine. We have nowhere else sufficiently secure to keep the Hunslet at Lea Bailey and it has been returned to Clearwell. At the same time, the Eimco rocker shovel and the Wingrove & Rogers battery-electric locomotive have moved to Lea Bailey (the W&R is small enough to fit in the container with the Simplex). The rocker shovel is now back in action although a little more work is needed before it moves itself.

We have been told to ballast the track and work to do this will be carried out shortly, at the time of writing a delivery of ballast is on site. This has now been carried out (22nd September 2014). Meanwhile, the siding that runs behind the shed is nearing completion and it will give us much needed storage space for those vehicles which are more or less vandal proof.

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