DOGS, Garden Railways, Steam Trains, Jive Dancing,
- 25 Oct 2009
As ever super to see your Bush Line, Steam to the rescue. Think I would have been tempted to lift the Strimmer off and put it the other end to do a double job on the way back.There was a period of about 5 weeks right at the start of winter this year when there was no traffic at all on the tramway, and a major backlog of rollingstock maintenance.
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This had some consequences for the state of the right of way.
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Normally the vegetation slashing train requires motive power in the "heavy" rollingstock category. Usually that means the diesel electric loco, but it has been out of service with battery failure for a while now. Next preference is one of the Swiss motor cars, but 34M was out with a loose traction motor wire, and 51M was waiting on new electrical pickups.
The only other rollingstock in the heavy category is the steam railcar, so it was fired up and off we went. Video of this operation can be seen below.