Last Tuesday and Wednesday DCDR members went “a long way” to Limerick Junction to collect the former Scissors Crossing which was removed from this location in 2010 by Irish Rail as part of a new track and resignalling works in this Tipperary location.
All the important ironwork was secured and we now have enough components on site (if we so wished and geometry allows) to build a complete scissors crossing on our track, as per the original BCDR track layout, although it is currently not in the double-track plan as to try and incorporate it at this stage would complicate an already ambitious project. The components are in excellent condition with little wear.
While we were able to remove a proportion of the sleepers, they were stacked very tightly together, meaning it was slow and difficult in the rain to unpack them for easy loading, so around three-quarter of the load had to be left behind. However it had already been anticipated that this
collection would require a second load.
The timbers are also in excellent condition, and are in such a high number as to address our requirements for some time, and most will see immediate re-use as part of the Double-Track Project.