February 29th, 2016

Down The Line – Permanent Way February 2016

P-Way Team at work

Photo: Robert Good

One team that doesn’t often receive the praise it should is the P-way team, in charge of track maintenance and safety. From oiling fishplates to relaying rails, this team does almost everything when it comes to the running rails of our line.

P-Way Train

Photo: Steve Cooper

During our winter closedown, the line was inspected throughout, and it was noted that the stretch between Coopersale and the Epping Boundary needed some TLC – several trees had come down close to the line for a start.

Flatbed loaded with fallen trees

Photo: Robert Good

The last two Saturdays have seen our P-way teams hard at work, collecting up the remaining Conductor Rail chairs from this stretch of line, removing those still attached to the sleepers. They have also cleared fallen trees and other obstructions to allow the safe running of trains.

The team would welcome new members who are willing to lend a hand, which will reduce the time taken to re-open this short but important stretch of line through the woodland.

P-Way Express

Photo: Robert Good