Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

December 12th 2011

WHR and WHHR track gangs work together

A haul road crossing had been constructed over the two main lines and two sidings by contractors building the Porthmadog Bypass to enable construction vehicles to cross.

With construction work on the Bypass effectively complete, contractors removed the 500mm slab of concrete, reinstated the formation sub-base and laid an initial layer of ballast for all four tracks. Before they could do this the rails of both main lines and the two WHHR sidings crossed by the haul road were lifted.

The joint team set about removing the temporary track and replacing it with full length rails. By the end of Saturday afternoon, both main lines had been reconnected and partly ballasted.

On Sunday, the task was the reconnection of the two WHHR sidings. Most of the 27 tons of ballast which had been delivered to the site from Minffordd Quarry the previous day was used to pack sleepers, fill cribs and provide a ballast shoulder. Some Kangoing was also carried out.

By the end of Sunday afternoon the mainlines of both the WHHR and WHR were once more ready for traffic. Further works remain to be carried out by the contractors at the haul road site including reinstatement of fencing and the public footpath as well as the rebuilding of the wall of the former transhipment wharf.

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Pictures courtesy of Simon Banbury, ROTWG.


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