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Waggon Tracks Shed Progress

22 March 2016

An elevated view of the shed Trackwork leading to the new shed

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.

Frame erection in September 2015 Inside, showing the basic framework

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.

Points leading to the shed back in January Using the fresh ballast The view from on high Points ballasted

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.

Lights during installation Now with lights on Some of the extensive lighting can be seen Some interesting lighting is generated naturally

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.

Looking down on the new Minffordd Workshops, funded by the Ffestiniog Railway Society Looking at the shed Looking along the roofline of the new shed, towards Porthmadog. The coal hole is on the right Looking over the original goods shed towards Minffordd station Looking down on the Maenofferren Sheds These wagons will shortly be living under cover
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