A necessary part of owning and operating a railway is the need to carry out maintenance. The track – laughingly referred to as the Permanent Way – is no exception. The Permanent Way is anything but – the passage of trains (always the enemy of the railway cvil enginer) will always cause movement and distortion in the track. In time this manifests itself as a poor ride, and if left uncorrected can lead to derailments. So, we use the winter closed period to correct any problems. The ideal day to do this would be a nice Summer’s day – but life ain’t like that, which led our determined volunteers to brave the snow showers and sort out the various minor defects which a season’s hard usage produces. It’s fair to say that a day on the PW gang obviates the need for an evening in the gym!