Permanent Way - re-laying & maintenance
article by: Garry Owen
The P.way Department has laid the entire track on our railway.
The operational line, sidings and passing loops have all been
recreated from bare trackbed or desolate yards. As you might expect
the work is outdoors and in all kinds of weather. The materials and
tools are often heavy and sometimes dirty so protective footwear
and clothing is essential. When at trackside you will need to wear
High Visibility Clothing. Much of the work is manual but mechanical
assistance is more readily available than in the early years.
Teamwork ensures that everyone can participate and nobody minds if
you take a rest. Indeed many have been with the "gang" since the
very beginning and although well over normal retirement age, still
play a very active and valid role. When you first join the gang you
are allowed to watch and learn for a few weeks and then you will
find that, before long, you know exactly what is needed and that
you can do it.
The P.way Travelling Mess Coach provides warmth, shelter, good
catering facilities and stimulating conversation when required.
Members of the gang come from a wide range of backgrounds and the
blend makes for interesting company whatever your interests. If you
like fresh air, exercise, the odd sticky bun and a sense of
achievement then join us on Saturdays.