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Restoration of the turntable is now complete.  It has been successfully used on many occasions for turning locomotives since re-commissioning.  The remaining tasks are to fit a vacuum motor to the drive unit and repairs to the circular rail inside the pit.

Engine Shed

The repairs to the roof trusses are now complete. Trial pits have been dug in the shed floor to determine the location of any existing inspection pits.  This is a preliminary to the design and construction of a concrete floor within the shed, incorperating running rails. A short (30 foot) section of track has been laid directly outside the South end of the shed to provide a facility to move railway vehicles.


Following a grant from the Common Good Fund, we have purchased sufficient materials to make a start on the footpath. This will then permit pedestrian access from Duthie Park using the new gates which volunteers have recently erected.  Aberdeen City Council Officers have now revised the specification and decided that planning permission will be required. This has added to the anticipated costs and therefore a further grant application has been made to Common Good Fund.


Following the site clearance along the boundary with the Council Depot, the location of the single phase supply cable to our site was found. Unfortunately in the process the cable became tangled in the JCB bucket and some damage resulted on both sides of the wall. This has now been repaired and a replacement 3-phase cable has been purchased. This will be installed together with new water pipe and telephone cable providing much needed services to the Engine Shed. Vandalism has become a problem once more and the Trustees decided to install CCTV. This now provides constant recording and will report the presence of any unwelcome visitors 24 hours a day.

Wickham Trolleys

Both the Wickham Trolleys now share a short section of rail located inside the Engine shed and this will provide a better working environment to complete the restoration.

Machine Tools

With the loan of the Radial Arm Drill and the Horizontal Borer it is hoped to be able to commence work on some more substantial engineering tasks.

Permanent Way

Clearance of the vegetation along the tracks continues, with welcome support from Network Rail. Some replacement sleepers have arrived and the task of spot sleeper replacement will commence soon. As and when replacement bullhead rail becomes available, we will replace those sections of the sidings which we have access to, allowing us to relocate some of the rolling stock on site.




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