Thanks gazjon - there are quite a few of us "Gentlemen of a certain age" who get a lot of pleasure from getting down and dirty on the railway! Sadly however the pads had not "taken up" the oil very well and so are being soaked for another day.
Thanks George, Luckyseven and Generallee Well my "Man Shed" was in use this weekend and I was able to get a ride through the delightful Leicestershire countryside, behind 18 "Windcutter" mineral wagons!
So, having read about David Camerons new "shed on wheels" I am even more pleased with mine!
Well the S&T guys will be even more busy soon as work is continuing on the GCR "Bridge". On my visit today, the drilling rig could be seen to be busy - they were pulling out spoil which was running with water, then comparing the depth of hole to the length of the re-bar cage. It looks that four holes have been bored as four re bar cages have disappeared from view (see earlier pic of the site)
Just when I start again on the MeGa BGT I get distracted.......On the Great Central are 36 steel mineral wagons which make up the "Windcutter" demonstration freight trains. I got involved with these when they first arrived back in the mid 1990's. It is a constant struggle to keep on top of the maintenance of them to keep a rake of 18 running on the railway. Consequently there are a collection of non runners at Quorn Station looking neglected. So yes, I have decided to "Tidy" them.......and made a start on the chassis of the first four today. It was raining and the chassis under the body was still dry.