Museum working party April 18th 2024

A cool bright sunny morning in Wharf Yard for the first working party after the Easter break.

Andy Sheffield, Pete Thomas, David Broadbent and John Olsen took full advantage of the dry spell to sort some of the old iron and timber behind the water tower. With a class 97 loco to be named in the near future on the mainline siding behind Wharf Station, we needed to identify, and tidy up, our historic artefacts from in amongst TR items and old bits of wood and metal that had been dumped there.

First the large, and heavy, Aberllefenni counter balance wagon drawbar needed to be shifted off the ex TR wagon frame so that the grounded frame beside it could be placed on top of it; luckily no. 7 was being watered and we were able to borrow the youthful third man to help us shift it. A bit of shunting of the two historic wagons allowed a lot of museum material to be placed in the two foot and then ‘covered’ by the counter balance wagon. Keith joined us to point out the TR material and the rubbish to be placed in the appropriate skips, but that task was for after waving away the first train and having our coffee.

We were joined by Charles Benedetto, Ann McCanna, Max Birchenough and Tom Place for our refreshments in the warmth of the cafe as the chilly north west wind had piled up the clouds.

Suitably watered and fed we returned to the yard to shuttle the waste to the skips in the yard and tidy up the ground around our wagons; whilst piling the TR material for the Outdoor Gang to deal with in due course.

Before we wrapped up for the morning we reviewed the most pressing tasks for our attention next week, which are to attend to the paintwork of wagon no. 164, ex TR two bar slate wagon with brake, and to treat the replacement wood for the Aberllefenni counter balance wagon rebuild with anti rot fluid prior to assembly of the frame. The Corris Mail Waggon rebuild is on hold until after no. 164 is returned to service.