Sandstone & Termite partial closure

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Re: Sandstone & Termite partial closure

Post by gregh » Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:46 am

Community protests have delayed the actual Official Closing, but Management have decided to press ahead with some siding track removal anyhow!
So much for listening to community concerns. Luckily some residents were on hand to record the unauthorised work.


Here Mr Chainsaw starts to clear a fallen log, while the first track panel is readied for lifting.
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The crane swings the first panel up and away.
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The second panel is swung onto the wagon, while Mr Chainsaw clears the next track panel.
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Re: Sandstone & Termite partial closure

Post by DonW » Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:37 pm

It looks fun to be doing the job properly.

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Re: Sandstone & Termite partial closure

Post by steamgeorge » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:36 pm

I love the second photo with the view down the platform; very atmospheric. :thumbright:

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Re: Sandstone & Termite partial closure

Post by FWLR » Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:41 am

Great little story Greg. :thumbright:

Love the photos of the crane. :thumbright:
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Re: Sandstone & Termite partial closure

Post by gregh » Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:26 pm

FWLR wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:41 am
Great little story Greg. :thumbright:
Love the photos of the crane. :thumbright:
Thanks Rod. The crane is just an Aldi cheapie with a few mods. I wondered about painting the yellow but then decided it shows up better in pics.
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Re: Sandstone & Termite partial closure

Post by ge_rik » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:00 pm

Sad time, Greg, but sounds like it had reached its use-by date.
I'm sure your fertile imagination will find some way of compensating for the loss of the branch.

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Re: Sandstone & Termite partial closure

Post by FWLR » Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:38 am

gregh wrote: ↑
Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:26 pm
FWLR wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:41 am
Great little story Greg. :thumbright:
Love the photos of the crane. :thumbright:
Thanks Rod. The crane is just an Aldi cheapie with a few mods. I wondered about painting the yellow but then decided it shows up better in pics.
That tells me so much. Thanks Greg....Now I am going to a local Aldi in due course... :thumbright:
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Re: Sandstone & Termite partial closure

Post by gregh » Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:32 am

FWLR wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:38 am
That tells me so much. Thanks Greg....Now I am going to a local Aldi in due course... :thumbright:
Good luck! Like most Aldi specials they come and go and are never seen again. You can find similar ones on web - look under tower cranes.
Here's a pic of it before I modified it and mounted on a 4-wheel wagon.
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Here's a shot of it...
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Re: Sandstone & Termite partial closure

Post by FWLR » Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:57 am

Thanks Greg, those photos will be useful. :thumbright:
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Re: Sandstone & Termite partial closure

Post by gregh » Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:20 am

The last time we visited Ti-tree, the track lifting Contractor had illegally started work. Unfortunately the community Protests were to no avail, and the track lifting contractor is slowing working his way from Ti-tree towards Maple Jn.
The station building, engine shed and goods shed have been flattened. A workmen’s van and the water supply is all that’s left
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And the bridges are being demolished. Here’s the old girder bridges
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I now have about 80m of spare track piled up, though a lot of it is useless as the sleepers have rotted.
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Re: Sandstone & Termite partial closure

Post by FWLR » Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:45 am

Those are very sad photos Greg. :( :(

It reminds me of closures in my area of Lancashire. In particular the Southport to Lytham-St-Annes line that used to run via Preston.
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Re: Sandstone & Termite partial closure

Post by Jimmyb » Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:50 am

If I recall both the Southport and the Blackpool South via Lytham and St Annes line though met in Preston (where I did my train spotting in the 1960s) were not a "line" as you would need to change at Preston - has been a few years and I could wrong.
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Re: Sandstone & Termite partial closure

Post by ge_rik » Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:06 pm

Sad times, Greg. Hopefully, services will be as buoyant as ever on the rest of the system.

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Re: Sandstone & Termite partial closure

Post by gregh » Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:49 pm

FWLR wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:45 am
Those are very sad photos Greg. :( :(
Yes, sad. But in a way I feel a whole lot better having made the decision and gone so far that there is no going back. I was agonizing for months on whether to do it, or not to do it.
I am taking the demolition slowly, sort of savouring the work. It's funny that while dismembering the bridges I start to remember the difficulties I had building them.
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Re: Sandstone & Termite partial closure

Post by FWLR » Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:00 am

Those memories won't go away Greg will they. It's great though to look back and remember all the good times you had running your trains along it.
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