Ox Mountain Railway


Interested in vintage commercial vehicle, trams, t
24 Oct 2009
Co. Mayo
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Well it's some time since I posted anything on my thread so I'll make a start now while I can! First up, trains I have run up to now:-

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And it all adds up to just four trains run this year!

But I haven't been totally idle as regards things for the railway - I've been sorting out timber for rebuilding the trestles. It isn't just decaying timbers that are a problem, it's the nails I used that are rusting away that are causing things to come loose or drop off. As I use a nail gun, I am now going to use Stainless Steel nails.

The new timber is from treated planks (nominal 4 x 1) that I cut down to make 3 x 1 palings for fencing. Obviously, the tanalith only penetrates so far so the saw cuts reveal untreated faces. These have now been treated;-

The first, square sectioned, timbers
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and the treatment process

These are some more offcuts. I group them together so painting on the treatment is quicker - just have to turn things over three times!

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and the treated wood enjoying the morning sunshine
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and, finally (for the moment) a view of the ragged fibres that ensued from ripping down sodden timber! Took some getting rid of I'll tell you!
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So, don't hold your breath, it could be some time before the rebuild starts!