Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Braving the cold

Braving the cold
Braving the cold
          Having had two cups of hot tea (Plus two Toasts) while plucking up the courage to make a start, I finally made it outside. We all met by the old rail truck, had a quick discussion as to what we were about to do, and then clambered aboard shuffling for the best and warmest spot to sit. Following a sharp blast of the whistle our little band moved off.
          We left Cobblers Creek heading down the branch line leading to the new freight yards and station being constructed at Barrowbridge. The first part of our journey was uneventful but then trouble could be seen up ahead.
          The old rail truck slowed and then came to a stop just short of the timber trestle that has been built to carry the track over the deep gorge at the base of Owls Nest Mountain.  We all quickly alighted to examine the damaged track that had been seen from the cab.
          A closer inspection showed a dislodged rail fish plate. Had this not been noticed a nasty derailment could have taken place.  This was dealt with very quickly and efficiently by the track gang. Whilst all this was going on it was all recorded in the survey report, and then it was decided that a good day had been had so returned to Cobblers Creek.



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