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Wayfarer Sleeper Repair 2008 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 August 2008

A project to replace and re-lay some of the sleepers on the 'Wayfarer' was organised by CRAG for the 23-8-2008.

The plan called for replacment of some of the sleepers and to re-laying others. One of the problems faced on this project was the availability of sleepers and John Pugh of CRAG was tasked with sourcing the sleepers. John decided to ask Wrexham county council if they would be able to provide any and initially we had 6 sleepers sent out to a holding house. After a second look at the area needing repair it was decided that we would need more and John went back to WCC with cap in hand and managed to secure another 6 sleepers bringing the total to 12.

The call was put for helpers for the day and members of CRAG were happy to give up some time to help out as were members of GLASS (www.glass-uk.org). The day before the repair work I went to the holding house (Thanks Mark) to pick up the 12 sleepers as loading them up on the Friday would save valuable time on the Saturday.

Saturday came and the first job of the day was to meet Mark and have a full English breakfast, very nice as well!  Making our way off the tarmac road and up the un-surfaced Wayfarer road, we got to the second gate just as the local farmer came chasing up on his quad. He was not in a good mood as he had seen us taking a big trailer up where most people would have not and he thought that we were going to steal something. When he saw that the trailer was full and I explained to him who we were and what we had planned he was fine and even happy with this.

It was slow going with the trailer in tow but on the way up we were joined by a GLASS member. I drove onto the sleepers and we started to unload them where they would be needed.

Here is a prime example of CRAG and GLASS working together, one on each end of a sleeper Smile

It was about ½ an hour before anyone else turned up so at this point it was looking like a long day!! As it happens, 17 people turned up in total. These were made up of members of CRAG, GLASS, Powys 4x4 response and a TRF (Trail Riders Fellowship) member. There were other offers of help but it would have meant too many people in the same area and in all the repair only took about 3 hours with the people we had. This included “nailing” the sleepers into place. The nails were provided by John, these were 10mm diameter and about 20” long, that was the smaller ones!!

We used all 12 sleepers and re-layed another 25-30. The sleepers near the end will just about hold up to another winter but we do need another 20-25 sleepers to complete the work early next year. Anyone got any they can give us?

More pictures can be found at  http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h8/Paul_Humphreys/Wayfarer%202008

Thanks to all that helped out.

Paul Humphreys

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 August 2008 )
 
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