22 March 2016
The Waggon Tracks shed is the ambitious plan to construct, in Minfford Yard, a large storage shed for the 200+ heritage wagons dating back to the early industrial days of the railway pre-preservation.
The area for the shed was prepared in June 2015 following the order being placed for the shed in April 2015. There was the anticipation to get the main frame of the shed erected by the end of 2015. During the Autumn, the framework duly appeared and the scale of the storage shed became apparent.
Latest activity over the last couple of months has focussed on laying points and track outside the shed. This is all in bullhead track, reusing this traditional track form that is now obsolete from the main line but will happily now have a long life in the sidings.
Inside, the efforts are concentrated on fitting the lighting in conjunction with the volunteer electrical working party team. This job is made easier by leaving tracklaying inside until finished, allowing mobile tower units to traverse the largely rough floor.
To make the wiring process effective and assist the volunteer effort, two scissors lifts were hired. These gave the opportunity to get some interesting views of the yard and local area.