After discussions with the museum, submission of a detailed risk assessment and a look at the latest guidance, we are able to resume maintenance activities on the LTMR once again (with measures in place on site to follow social distancing guidelines)
Of course, we did not delay in getting back to work and a fair amount has already been done. To summarise:
The Depot Approach signals are finished, with train register installed and only minor teething troubles to sort. A new material was found for insulated fishplates in this area. The automatic train register was also installed and tested, so far it’s a bit hit and miss but fault finding is underway.
The track in the Depot Approach area has also seen some work and the rest of the track will be seen to in turn. At Ealing End, several large weeds were removed from between the rails and surrounding banks. Other weeds and Ivy was cut back at various points along the railway. Some rolling stock maintenance has also been completed
The Museum have announced they will be opening the depot for ten days in the second half of August for a family based event. Tickets will need to be booked in advance and there will only be a limited number of them available. Please see the museum website for the latest information. The LTMR has been asked to run during these days (strictly for depot ticket holders only and we will still charge a small fee if you wish to ride). Our operation will be subject to the availability of volunteers and the good condition of track and rolling stock.