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Unloading 1/5

During the afternoon we spent at the Great Central Railway steam gala in October last year this large truck arrived with a big bit of kit to unload for use on the railway. Known as a track tamping machine it took quite a time to get it on to the track so you can follow progress with the unloading during the next few days.

 

Unloading 1/5

During the afternoon we spent at the Great Central Railway steam gala in October last year this large truck arrived with a big bit of kit to unload for use on the railway. Known as a track tamping machine it took quite a time to get it on to the track so you can follow progress with the unloading during the next few days.

 

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Mar 2015, 00:08
Big Boys' toys...you know I am going to like this, Brian.
Brian Walbey: I hope you like it Ray, these guys worked a as team and unloaded it in no time.
Oh my!
Brian Walbey: Big boys toys Elizabeth, makes a change from my usual postings.
Wow, I can't wait for the rest of the series Brian!
Brian Walbey: Then I hope you enjoy what I show you Richard.
I can just imagine the undertaking this would be, Brian, and know of a few who would have loved watching it!
Brian Walbey: These guys had done this many times before Ginnie, they worked so well together as a team and it took hardly any time at all.
that's some heavy duty
Brian Walbey: A real big boys toy Chantal.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Mar 2015, 07:23
I can image how long this will take. I remember the time I played with model trains, it took some time to put the locomotive on the track. This weighs a little more. I can feel the excitement to be ther.
Brian Walbey: Working as a team it didn't take them all that long Astrid. If you do get time to have a look in you will, I'm sure, find it quite interesting.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Mar 2015, 07:28
These things took the place of all those gangs of men with shovels in times gone past
Brian Walbey: Indeed they did Chris, which done the best job I have no idea about but with today's higher speeds I guess it has to be done just so.
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 9 Mar 2015, 07:42
I have never seen anything like this being transported, Brian
Brian Walbey: Normally they would be hauled along by a locomotive but the Great Central Railway isn't linked to the national network so every single movement of engines and other equipment currently has to be brought in and out via this siding at the Quorn station.
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 9 Mar 2015, 08:30
all in a day's work
Brian Walbey: It was for them Richard, it took hardly any time at all to unload.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Mar 2015, 09:01
Big boys toys!
Brian Walbey: Very much so Mike.
  • Pauline
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Mar 2015, 09:41
A hefty job in store, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Surprisingly it didn't take all that long to unload, no doubt they've done it many times before.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Mar 2015, 10:05
To lift a rail it stands on, add ballast after lifting the sleeper - now that is an engineering feat. Looks interesting to see how they will unload this package. And I hope your pictures will be in true order, starting with a cuppa ...
Brian Walbey: We'd just had a cuppa Louis, I can't vouch for them. It didn't take them very long to unload, I guess practice makes perfect.
Serious bit of kit!
Brian Walbey: I certainly is Bill, I didn't get to see the tamper in action, usually the railway is closed to visitors when such operations take place.
Quite a task Brian. Should keep them busy for a bit
Brian Walbey: Surprisingly it didn't take all that long to unload, no doubt they've done it many times before.
Big boys toys indeed, Brian, lets play smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Mar 2015, 13:24
Allelys are the country's experts in moving rail equipment such as this. I've seen them bring in a locomotive to the Great Dorset Steam fair and it just goes up the hill just as though it was carrying a bunch of flowers. It is even more impressive, though, when linked up with a couple of steam traction engines; I'm sure it's pushing them up the hill at times.
Brian Walbey: Any haulage company who is in this sort of business must do well, locos and equipment are being moved around all the time from one railway to another.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 9 Mar 2015, 13:34
I can imagine how precise the unloading would need to be Brian.
Brian Walbey: The portable rails have to line up precisely with the normal as a starter Chad, that took quite a while to get spot on.
That's quite a job!
Brian Walbey: Surprisingly it didn't take all that long to unload, no doubt they've done it many times before.
wow this is awesome Brian.. can't wait
Brian Walbey: Surprisingly it didn't take all that long to unload, no doubt they've done it many times before.
This sounds like a good series Brian... these men acting like boys playing with their train sets....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Sometimes they will be moving steam locomotives on this lorry of theirs, probably in reality it is quite a skilled job to get the loads on and of and secure.

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