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Many thanks - the new batch of sleepers arrived this morning for our new allotment project (via friendly, polite haulier) - he dropped them off just perfectly!. So, to all of you enjoying these pages, with dreams and schemes in your head, let's see what railway sleeper garden & building structures YOU finally plan, and what YOU manage to create!
BC Landcrafts has the skill and expertise to provide a full range of landscaping services, all carried out to the highest professional standards.
BC Landcrafts also install driveways and hard surfaces using other materials including gravel, cobbles, stone setts, plastic cell for grass or gravel, hopsack, bark, self binding gravel and many more. A 16 mile return journey by narrow gauge steam train through beautiful Mid Wales countryside. The JCB was transported to and from the relay site just around the corner using the 'Rollwagen'.
The railway is still complete, but a roadway has been produced using ballast in preparation for creating a new clean trackbed once the old track has been lifted.
The kink in the old alignment was where the line had deviated around a tree which regrettably was found to be rotten and was removed before the job commenced.
The curve at the Llanfair end of the relay site was re-aligned - partly by mechanical power - but fine tuned by the human touch..
The starting point has been determined by the left hand (inside) rail of the curve.  The right hand (outer) will be replaced. Another two pandrol clips have just been put in.  With the prepared sleepers the track is going down rather fast! An occasional slew ensures the track is not too far from the correct alignment as the job proceeds.
By the end of the first week about half of the section had been re-laid.  The following Monday would see it all in place and ready for connecting to the rest of the railway. A 'new' rail is cut in, and the re-laid section is connected once again to Llanfair shortly afterwards.
Smiles all around as some of the gang take a breather whilst the ballast trains makes a run. A rotating laser (and detector on the Tamping machine) helps the operators set the correct height.
A pass has just been completed between two fixed locations, and every third sleeper has been packed. The best reward for a good job is to sit back and look at all that you have achieved.  A straight, and tidy section of railway. At a recent Board Meeting, the GM and CME gave a Presentation on future locomotive rebuilding options.
Built in 1944 by Franco-Belge as a tender locomotive for the German Military, the locomotive eventually became Loco No.19 on the Salzkammergut Lokalbahn (SKGLB), that running between Salzburg and Bad Ischl in Austria. In addition to the two refurbishments carried out by in-house staff, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways completed an exterior re-varnishing and roof repainting of the first Pickering Replica carriage number 6466 at our Tanllan Carriage shed.  This work, along with a few repairs, was undertaken during late August, and in just 5 days the vehicle was transformed to like-new condition.
Bi20 leaves the workshop for the short journey to the carriage shed where it will remain until next season. After a further failure of Resita 764.425, wide-ranging investigation of potential options is taking place to determine the most attractive, cost-effective and business like way ahead. Before her journey to Llanfair, some valve gear was removed from the loco, and lubrication was applied.
With the sun out we took the opportunity to park the locomotive with some of our Austrian carriages. And into the workshop for evaluation, alongside an Austrian style carriage under refurbishment.
In the latter part of the 19th Century and the first half of the 20th Century 30inch gauge Railways provided the only practical link from many rural areas to the outside world. Some 30inch lines do still exist to provide a lifeline for rural areas while a few others such as the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway offer an intriguing tourist ‘experience’.
The floor is stained prior to re-varnishing.  So much easier with most of the seats removed.

The hot weather during July made life difficult for the painters and it was not uncommon to find them starting at 7.00am to avoid the paint drying too quickly. The two shades of undercoat was purely brought on by the desire to use up a batch of paint from another job before moving on to the latest recommended shade. The need to ready some areas for the sign writer resulted in the temporary 'three shades' livery. The carriage is starting to look like her former self once again as the last areas receive gloss paint.
Sign writing is now in place and a coat of varnish has been applied to protect it.  The 2nd Class designation '2' has been reattached. A few joints are sealed before the final coats of paint are applied to the window surrounds. Powis Castle and Garden and the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway are happy to announce their half-price partnership once again this August! This offer is only available until 30th August, and is not available in conjunction with any other offers or discounts. The last train operated by British Railways (WR) prior to closure of the line was a Stephenson Locomotive Society charter on Saturday 3rd November 1956.
This event will form part of our weekend Gala event - further details on our 50th Anniversary Gala page. Sidelined to the less regularly used set of carriages, B17 is showing signs of a need for refurbishment. Fixtures and panels are removed to enable the frame to be checked and minor repairs to be carried out a few days after the vehicle entered the workshop. The seats and luggage racks have been removed to allow easier access to the carriage floor, but they too are receiving attention. Body repairs are almost complete and most of the carriage is now in undercoat.  This vehicle will retain its brown livery when completed. All in all, it might have been a cold Easter holiday, but non the less an enjoyable and satisfying one.  Do come and see us for yourself.
It has not been the easiest few months leading up to the Easter opening and, as hinted elsewhere, resources have been stretched. A landslip in Quarry Cutting on the Golfa Bank was the first indication of a difficult winter ahead.
The finished product is quite a work of art.  What isn't clear in the photographs are the various fixings to help keep it in place - it doesn't just rely on gravity. Swirling water had undermined one of the bridge retaining walls.  The solution - temporarily divert the stream, dry out the bed and build new foundations. Trains were used to transport concrete the short distance from Sylfaen station to Pussy Bridge. By the end of the day phase two of the retaining wall was in place (the base having been constructed the previous day). Four Mile Oak repair.  As on many days, workshop staff interrupted their schedule to help the outdoor engineers with the repairs. There is still a considerable amount of tree stump to mark the location of the old Oak, and the stream has now been cleared. The pointing took place as the first trains of the season were rolling by, and finishing touches will take place in the near future.
Traditional shovels were the solution on this occasion, and some two hours later the water was back on the correct course. The day also coincided with a short spell of mild weather and for once everyone was too hot!. A change from repairs.  Whilst a gang cleared the adjacent stream, new signs were erected at Dolarddyn Road level crossing. A temporary speed restriction was applied, and the line was closed for repairs on the first available day without trains. The movement doesn't look too great in the photograph, but you should be looking at a left hand curve rather than a straight line with a bulge.

It took until about 7.00pm to do sufficient slewing, lifting and tamping to allow trains to operate the following day - the Golden Jubilee celebration. The view from 'The Wasp'.  The depth of the snow varied throughout the line, but very few drifts were encountered en-route, unlike many of the surrounding roads. A Timber railway sleepers with planting, turfing and stepping stones to terrace a sloping garden.
There are pictures of before, during and after = pond, shed base, seating area and border retainers - I hope you like them. In out romance a glimpse of the Isle of Tresco may also be briefly caught in the east, this time a GWR outside-framed 4-4-0 locomotive emerging from a tunnel through the ridge straddled by Jericho Farm, plus Busvargus and Tregeseal Common.
We can strip off your existing lawn and lay new turf, or create a new lawn using only the highest quality topsoil and turf, or just supply you with the turf and advice upon how to lay it. The Board of Trustees accepted their recommendation to return 699.01 to service as the next major project to be tackled by Llanfair Workshop. When the line then closed in 1956, the locomotive transferred to the Steirmarkische Landesbahn (Styrian Provincial Railways) for use on the line between Weiz and Ratten. Options include doing nothing, repairing the Resita once more, rebuilding another W&L locomotive and even leasing or purchasing a locomotive from elsewhere. The locomotive transferred to the Wiez – Ratten line in Styria where it was converted to a tank locomotive and eventually sold to the W&L. They could be found across the globe but had particular concentrations in areas as diverse as the USSR, India, Germany, Yugoslavia, China, Poland, Japan, Hungary, Austria, Egypt, Argentina, Chile, Taiwan, Brazil, Korea, Bolivia and Romania. Their main attractions were their ability to follow the landform, with sharp curves and steep gradients, and a resultant relatively low capital cost.
Anyone purchasing a ticket from one of us will be offered a half-price equivalent ticket at the second venue if presented within seven days.
On Saturday 31st August we intend to re-enact the arrival in Llanfair Caereinion as part of our ‘50th Anniversary of Preservation’ celebrations. On the 6th April, the railway celebrated 50 years of preserved operation.  More information about the anniversary can be found in the Press Release issued on 8th April. They add character, are very stable, and, when transforming a "wreck" into something pleasant, are ideal! A structure in the garden, however grand or humble, adds a completely new dimension to your garden. Check out a few of these imaginative and inventive projects using new & used railway sleepers. It has been out of service since 1999 and is now in the Workshop in Llanfair for preliminary investigations into the cost of this option. This, however, came with drawbacks of low speeds, limited capacities and freight transhipment.
The book is illustrated comprehensively with photographs, specially prepared line drawings and maps. After some evenings poring over an OS map and aided and abbetted by the purchase of a K's GWR 44xx loco kit from the model shop in Penzance, the idea for this layout was born. When the GWR took over the line, the existing buildings were replaced with brick structures along the lines of those at Longrock and Truro, albeit on a smaller scale.
The layout measures 14'6" x 1'6", the handbuilt track using code 55 Peco rail and copperclad sleepers, the track base is formed from the 2mm polystyrene roll used lining walls prior to wallpapering. While it provides for quiet running, unfortunately it melts at the slightest whiff of a soldering iron, as has been found out when repairs have been made over the intervening years!

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