Sun 1st Jan No work planned
Wed 4th Jan Renewal work starts at Levisham. 16 length reballast, part resleeper and part rerail. Work will continue daily midweek until completion.
Sat 7th Jan Reclipping work at Beck Hole also Sun 8th Jan. Van leaves Newbridge 09.00 Midweek renewal work continues at Levisham until planned date of Jan 13th. On completion work will start on Newbridge renewal 12 length towards Hunting Bridge.
Sat 7th Jan 8 lengths reclipped.
Sunday 8th Jan 7 more lengths completed and 3 broken fishplates replaced. Plus work also continued on Plate wagon and Tamper at Newbridge.
Mon 9th Jan Br 7 removed from Pickering Station loaded to wagons and taken to Newbridge yard for disposal. Work continuing by contractor CML to replace bridge abutments and renew bridge deck.
Friday 13th Jan Relay work continues at Levisham.
Sat 14th Jan Prep work at Newbridge for next renewal and stripping of scrap sleepers.
Sun 15th Jan Levisham relay in freezing conditions (Overnight low of -10C) 2 Lengths completed leaving 2 to connect the line back up.
Friday 20th Jan Newbridge relay. Laying sleepers, placing rails and clipping up. 9 lengths of sleepers laid to date and 5 rerailed
Saturday 21st Jan No work planned
Sunday 22nd Jan Work will be continuation at New Bridge relay clipping up, or dependent on progress, repadding/fastening replacement at Lyke Wake walk curve
Friday 27th Jan If any slingers available plan is to load the redundant BH sleepers from the New bridge relay on Friday afternoon.
Saturday 28th Jan Lyke Wake Walk curve repadding, reclipping etc.
Sunday 29th Jan plan is to complete the fastening replacement on Beck Hole curve, if I have received the remaining insulators by then, if not we will be based at New Bridge Yard stripping redundant sleepers.
The plan did not come together as clips still not delivered. So recovering sleepers from Newbridge relay site and start made on stripping these sleepers. Also survey work undertaken on the next relay site at Trout Farm Crossover. Some work also continued on the redecking of the plate wagon and bodywork repairs on the tamper.
Tuesday 31st Jan Tamping planned for Newbridge site. Tamping completed further work required to be planned for a later date. Trains will be able to run under a TSR
Thursday 2nd Feb Tamping planned for Levisham relay.
Saturday 4th Feb work is to complete the reclipping on the Lyke Wake Walk curve and continue the reclipping on the Beck Hole curve
Sunday 5th Feb complete the Beck Hole reclipping.
If the weather is bad we have to complete the Lyke Wake Walk curve before train running so as long as we have at least one other person besides Martyn He will take the Class 08 to LWW on one of the days.
Sunday 12th Feb Restricted working due to weather conditions . However some wagon clearance of lying snow was undertaken so sleepers could be offloaded safely during the week. Pegging was undertaken at Trout Farm crossover in readiness for the next relay. Waybeams were recovered from the remains of Br 7 Gerry Carter and John were working on the cab heaters for the tamper.
Sunday 18th Feb Yard work. Midweek workers wanted.
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th Feb Trout farm crossover relay. No trains are running on the weekend of the 25 and 26 FEB This is when we will be in the middle of installing the long siding crossover so we are looking for a sizeable workforce on these days. Crossover work continues through the week. Gerry and Peter tamped throughout from the High Mill crossing treadle through to bridge 8 –avoiding the switches of course. Most of the chicane and hollows taken out, but Gerry needs another pass –after a week or two of traffic to assist in settling the track in place.
Sunday 4th March Work for this Sunday was making installing the 60ft FB length north of the switches and fitting closures to the long siding with some prep work on the south end neck. Monday the South end neck was reconnected. Wednesday – Thursday 4 length relay in the running line South of the switches removing the BH concrete panels and replacing with New FB 113 on F27 concrete sleepers. Friday – Last panel of new FB113 rail laid in on concrete F27 sleepers removing the last BH rail from the running line between High Mill Lc and the crossover. Track then ballasted and Regulated followed eventually by tamping following an electrical failure of a micro switch. This set the job back by about 3 hours and meant we finished in the dark.
Sunday 11th March New Bridge yard preparing materials for bridge 7 and some wagon work on the plate wagon in the shed.
Friday 16th March Work continued at Pickering Station digging out alongside the carriage shed in preparation for relay. At Newbridge 64 Check rail fitted sleepers had there Check Chairs removed and had replacement AS chairs drilled and screwed into place.
Sunday 18th March Planned work is Drill , chair up , and load BH sleepers for Pickering. Load BH rail for Pickering. Disconnect pit road switches. Preparatory work to reconnecting track at Bridge 7. Finishing off jobs long siding crossover. Lift, pack and slue South End Neck to make runnable for next week end.
Tues 20th March Tamp and Regulate Levisham North relay up to the 13mp.
Wed 21st March Tamp and Regulate Troutfarm crossover relay with realignment work to the south of the crossover on the running line as well as tamping into the long siding.
Thurs 22nd March Tamp and regulate the Down line at Br 7 in Pickering station, another late finish at 21.00 after waiting for completion of track works earlier in the day.
Sunday 25th March New Bridge yard. load the remaining new BH rails for use in Pickering station next week, and also make a start on offloading and sorting materials recovered from p.way works this winter.
Sunday 1st April Pickering station platform 1 for a bit of Jacking and packing around the new bridge 7. Then to Newbridge to do more Jacking and packing on the newly reinstated track to the pit road.
Sunday 8th April Easter Sunday NO WORK PLANNED. Nick H did some repair welding to the Snowplough tow hook area previously damaged at Grosmont. From about 12.00 Bryan will be around to give a guided tour to some welsh visitors touring the railway.
Sunday 15th April Based at New Bridge yard stripping scrap sleepers, sorting materials recovered from winter projects, and general yard tidying.
Friday 20th Running a PW train from New Bridge (depart 09:25) to Grosmont. The train itself is being left at Grosmont until Sunday ( buffer stop to unload during a Network Rail possession) and we are returning on the cushions. Cancelled till next week due to equipment failure. Train ran to Levisham only and delivered fencing materials.
Sunday 22nd April Yard work at Newbridge.
Friday 27th Wagon work stripping off remaining timbers from the rotten deck. Cutting off the old fixing bolts. Also further touch up and lettering work on 932267.
Sunday 29th Martyn away with the staff replacing the buffer stop at Grosmont. So more wagon work at Newbridge. Needle gunning and painting on 934386
Friday 4th May No planned wagon work.
Sunday 6th May Sleeper stripping in yard.
Friday 11th May Wagon work.
Sunday 13th May Sleeper stripping in yard.
Friday 18th May Wagon work. Paint touch up on Plate wagon 932267 and more needle gunning and priming on Plate wagon 934386. Shark now in shed ready for roof repairs, possibility that some paint touch up and minor repairs may be taken whilst in shed.
Sunday 20th May Sleeper stripping in yard.
Friday 25th May Wagon work. more needle gunning and priming on Plate wagon 934386. Relocation of small lathe in shed.
Sunday 27th May Sleeper stripping in yard. More wagon work as well, continuation of needle gunning on Plate 934386.
Sunday 3rd June Sleeper stripping at Newbridge. Some work on plate wagon in preparation for renewing split pins on door bolts.
Friday 8th June Wagon work. Further progress on Needle Gunning Plate wagon 934386. Load area seems to be complete with paint being applied by Nick Carter. Needling has now moved to the Outer Door skins and frames revealing the old BR numbers and lettering and even a COND application in the middle of one panel. Meanwhile Nick Hutchinson has been warming up the door pin brackets and applying gentle persuasion to straighten them up.
Sunday 10th June Sleeper stripping in yard.
Following comments made about the amount of times we are stripping sleepers at Newbridge. Martyn has made the following statement :-
In general the sleeper stripping has only taken place on Sundays after the end of March once trains had started running. Obviously it is more important on days when no trains are running to concentrate on the more major jobs which can be done under possession. It is now a fact of life that the NYMR operates on all but approx 6 Sundays/year. Not that this stops other maintenance jobs being undertaken. However by fortunately being able to load most (I was aiming to load all) redundant materials at the time of removal it means that at the end of the winter period we ended up with nearly all our wagons being loaded with materials which needed to be sorted/ disposed of as soon as convenient.
Unfortunately this job is labour intensive as it is impossible to use mechanical means for this job. Had it been wooden sleepers stripped using an impact wrench a single person could quite easily strip 150 sleepers within a day. Had the workforce on Sunday`s also been larger this too would have speeded the process of the job, as normally there is a maximum of myself plus 3 others or sometimes myself and 1 other. I have just been out in the yard and counted what sleepers we have left on wagons to strip. There are 125. Therefore I would like to set the following challenge. If I could be supplied with a voulunteer workforce for tomorrow afternoon, outside my normal working hours, ( not hopeful due to the extremely short notice), also the following Friday (all day), I am on annual leave this day, but will work on my annual leave if workforce is forthcoming, and also the following Saturday, also a day off for me, which again I am prepared to forfeit to complete the job, then including whatever is done this Sunday it will mean sleeper stripping will be easily completed in advance of Sunday 17th June and other work will be undertaken on this day.
Friday 15th June Wagon work – Plate wagon refurbishment.
Sunday 17th June Track walking, Vegetation clearance.
Friday 22nd June Wagon work
Sunday 24th June Plate Oiling starting from Newbridge 7 3/4mp working North.
Late Sunday 17.00 ex Newbridge, Tamping and Regulating Fen Bog area from the phone to just beyond the 195/L board, to remove the two bad dips. Fortunately there was some stone already on site that we could utilise.
Friday 29th June Wagon work. Continuing descaling and painting of Plate Wagon. Nick fitting baseplates to summit sign feet and Nick C disappeared mid afternoon to plant more Gradient Boards, previously offloaded on Sunday.
Sunday 1st July Plate oiling working North from Newbridge.
Sunday 8th July Work planned for Sunday will be the commencement of resleepering in the South End Neck Pickering.
Sunday 15th July Fishplate oiling at MP 8
Sunday 22nd July Resleepering Pickering South End Neck + Wagon work on plate wagon.
Sunday 29th July Fishplate oiling at MP 8 – 8 1/4
Sunday 5th August Resleepering Pickering South End Neck
Sunday 12th August Fishplate oiling at MP 8 – 8 1/4
Sunday 19th August Fishplate oiling at MP 8 1/4
Sunday 26th August Resleepering Pickering South End Neck and changing a broken fishplate at 16 1/2mp
Sunday 2nd September Fishplate oiling at MP 8 1/4
Friday 7th Sept Wagon work. B934386
- remainder of floor timbers bolted down
- timbers given a good soaking in Cuprinol clear (we’ve had the cans a while as one was almost rusted through)
- IR date and brake overhaul dates applied to chassis
- summit sign pieces lifted off the floor and loaded onto the wagon.
B932267 three wheel discs wire brushed ready for Scarborough team to apply primer next week
- BB loosened the retaining bolts of the vacuum cylinder, in preparation for its overhaul by C & W
Sunday 9th September Yard work clearing vegetation. To unearth the buried cable carrier frames.
Sunday 16th September Plate oiling 8 1/2 – 3/4.
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September Safety briefings available at Pickering station. These briefings are a compulsory event and must be attended either now or at a later date. In the new year no briefing record means you will not be able to work in any capacity on the NYMR
Sunday 30th Sept Reclipping, Levisham area in Mills clips.
Friday 5th October Wagon work at NB. Work restarting on Coles 15t crane.
Sunday 7th October Reclipping, Levisham area in Mills clips.
Friday 12th October Wagon work at NB. Work on Coles 15t crane.
Sunday 14th October Reclipping, Levisham area. Yorfalls in Mills clips.
Friday 19th October Track survey for renewal work – Newbridge to Hunting Bridge.
Work on Coles 15t crane refitting repainted panels.
Sunday 21st October Resleepering Pickering South End Neck
Friday 26th October Work on Coles 15t crane.
Sunday 28th October Plate oiling 8 1/2 – 3/4.
Friday 2nd November Work on Coles 15t crane.
Sunday 4th November Resleepering Pickering South End Neck
Monday 5th Nov Survey work Pickering Platform 1
Friday 9th Nov Wagon work Newbridge. Coles Crane needle gunning and paint prep.
Sunday 11th Nov Resleepering South end Neck.
Friday 16th Nov Wagon work Newbridge.
Sunday 18th Nov Resleepering South end Neck.
Friday 23rd Nov Wagon work Newbridge.
Sunday 25th Nov Mills clip reclipping Levisham straight.
Friday 30th Nov Wagon work Newbridge. Gradient Board drilling and painting, Work on Coles crane Door and Cab.
Sunday 2nd Dec Probably Resleepering South end Neck. Subject to conditions.
Anybody going over the weekend you will need your wellies to get to the cabin. Yard is about a foot deep in flood water pouring off the hillside. All tracks under water except the main which is up to sleeper top. Path to cabin about 3 inch deep as well.
Sunday 9th Dec Either Resleepering South end Neck. Or reclipping Levisham straight. Subject to conditions.
Sunday 16th Dec Either be resleepering in the south end neck at Pickering, or fishplate oiling at Kingthorpe depending on weather and staff availability.
Friday 21st If the world does not end as forecast by the Mayans then Wagon work is planned to continue at Newbridge.
Sunday 22nd Dec Either be resleepering in the south end neck at Pickering, or fishplate oiling at Kingthorpe depending on weather and staff availability.
Friday 28th Dec Wagon work at Newbridge.
Sunday 30th Dec Resleepering South end neck.