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Saturday, 4 December 2021



Many thanks to Robert and Marie Barnes for posting our publicity at Autos Direct Car Sales, San Miguel; Horadada Homes, Estate Agents, Torre de la Horadada and Campoverde Town Hall Office. Your efforts are much appreciated!

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Thursday, 2 December 2021



Yesterday, we were delighted to have a visit from Pedro Segura Cano. He is a councillor in Zurgena town hall as well as an artist. He lives in Alfoquia. He has written a textbook on the history of Zurgena, a copy of which I am reading.

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Wednesday, 1 December 2021



Just a reminder that the AGM will take place on Monday 6th December in Zurgena station. There will be toilets and seating available. If the weather is inclement, we will use the baggage hall.

Nick and Clive have done an excellent job of building steps for our more elderly members to be able to safely see the work that we are doing.

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Wednesday, 1 December 2021



We have finally got to the point of jet-washing the spacecraft. We don't know which planet it is from and we cannot find any evidence of alien life in it. Nick is in charge of the wand. We have found some alien markings though.

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Tuesday, 30 November 2021



So, thanks to Clive, we have made the work area a little safer for visitors as we don't want them tumbling head first into the turntable! Safety on site is important to us.

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Tuesday, 30 November 2021



It is wonderful to see Clive back from his trip to Blighty. He brings a lot of sensible ideas to the project as well as his hard work. Today he has been building some steps to make the area safer for old codgers like me.

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Tuesday, 30 November 2021



We had a visit from Hans Meijer today who showed great interest in the project, but more importantly brought a gift of some wonderful tools. If you have any tools that you no longer use, we will be deligthed to relieve you of them! Thank you Hans!

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Monday, 29 November 2021



Apart from some rocks (see below), the sum total of work today rotated around stemming the haemorrhage of hydraulic fluid from the back hoe hoses. We now have two new ones and we will be hoping to get the back hoe working tomorrow.

It has been a revelation to me as a hydraulics ingenue how hoses are sold. One cannot just buy one off the shelf like a radiator hose for a Ford Cortina. They have to be made up from a multitude of parts, the armoured hose being crimped in a special machine.

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Monday, 29 November 2021



This pile of rocks are actually some of the flooring slabs that were being thrown away as part of renovations of the old goods shed. They are of historical interest and will be kept safe by us. Thanks to Nick for his help.

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Sunday, 28 November 2021



Some news for everyone. Work has started on the green route between Arboleas station and Zurgena. Up until today, they haven't started laying the gravel, but we really urgently need to get our fingers out if we want to include the track described on Saturday 20th November, because once the route is laid, it will be much more difficult - both politically and technically, to add the track retrospectively.

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Sunday, 28 November 2021



The new green route now being constructed between Almanzora road bridge and the railway bridge over Río Albox.

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Sunday, 28 November 2021



The new green route in construction between Almanzora station and the road bridge.

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Sunday, 28 November 2021



There seems to be considerable activity in the construction of the new section of the green route between Cantoria and Arboleas.

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Friday, 26 November 2021



Many, many thanks to Rob Barnes for his entry in The Costa Blanca News regarding the museum. Click on the image to enlarge. One correction - I'm not the Chairman - not even on the committee - just trying to help out.

Rob and Marie took time out of their lives to come to Zurgena to see us and what we are trying to do, staying in Casa de los Sueños. Thank you, Rob and Marie for showing interest in our project.

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Tuesday, 23 November 2021



Well, Nick has been a real trooper - he has spent some time today continuing with cleaning up the tracks. Rafael will be there tomorrow.

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Saturday, 20 November 2021



As I was in Granada today, I thought that I would explain what the track will be like on the green route between Arboleas and Zurgena. The idea is that the ground on which the pedestrians and cyclists will pass will be the same height as the top of the rail. There will be a small gutter for the flange to sit in. I hope my little drawing explains all, and apologies for the poor graphic skills.

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Tuesday, 16 November 2021



Nick has been working on the track this morning. Here is a photograph of the progress.

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Monday, 15 November 2021



Peter Duffy has kindly sent us some photographs of Zurgena station taken in 2007. This one is interesting as the barrier (that no longer exists) was almost certainly made from track manufactured by North Eastern Steel in 1889. There is still rail in the station manufactured by this company.

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Sunday, 14 November 2021



Just received from Rafael. This cutting appeared in a 1980s magazine:

'The social directorate of the railway have given the prize for decoration of stations to Zurgena station, a prize that has returned to Mr Luis García Sánchez, station manager, and the pointsmen José Pardo Giménez, Mr Pascual Mondéjar Villa and Mr José Antonio Rodríguez Lorente, who while working onsite have transformed the old station of Zurgena, thought of as "The Black Sheep" of the Lorca - Baza line, to being one of the best looked after and beautiful.

In September 1971, during Calderenas (Zone 5) Mr Luis García Sánchez took control of the station, of which he fell immediately in love and decided to make the "Black Sheep" into the "Favourite Girl". In spite of the poor condition of the soil and due to his constant work, Zurgena is now blessed with eighty roses of many types and colours in addition to innumerable geraniums, carnations, rhododendrons etc.

Since its foundation in 1893, Zurgena station has been the key to the Lorca - Baza line. Created by The Great Southern of Spain Railway, it is dedicated mainly to the transport of mineral from Bacares. Its limited dimensions, along with the functions of the station (locomotive park, train halt, ways and works etc) required that rolling stock was parked on the tracks, resulting in it being described as appalling and anarchic, which is why it was always considered the "The Black Sheep of the line".

Diesel locomotives have now been put into service to improve the load carrying abilities and speed, resulting in a radical change in the station, avoiding the need to park rolling stock on the tracks which had the effect of making the station appear ugly and dirty.'

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Sunday, 14 November 2021



Nick has been visiting the site and doing some spade work. Well done, Nick.

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021



Well, this is how we have left the track this evening. There is still a fair number of the original sleepers. Some are in remarkably good condition whereas some are rotting.

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021



It looks as if we have turned the site into The Somme. Actually, it has taken a lot of work to get it this bad!

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021



Part of today was experimentation, to see what it would need to clean the tracks. To this effect, Nick (well done, Nick) cleared some track with a shovel. We also used some water under pressure. We came to the conclusion that to do the clean-up by hand would take about an hour per metre. Nick was actually on his knees for some of this clearng the dirt.

That brings us to the conclusion that to clear all the tracks will require approximately 700 man hours. Poco a poco, as they say in Spain.

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Tuesday, 9 November 2021



Well, I have just recieved plans of the turntable from The Cumbria Archive Service. Yes, it is a Cowan's Sheldon like that in Baza.

The good news is that the plans include drawings of the centre spindle confirming our thoughts that it was a sort of ball and socket affair. The piece marked with red + signs no longer exists. This was the important part that formed the upper section of the bearing. If you want to see the plans, they are on .pdf here:

Turntable 1
Turntable 2
Turntable 3
Turntable 4
Turntable 5
Turntable 6

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Monday, 8 November 2021



Brain teaser:
1. Why is there no rail, or the remnants of, all the way round the turntable? If they were taken for scrap, the cement base would still be there.
2. The two 'remaining' rails are diametrically opposite each other.
3. The ends of the rails have a vertical rail embedded in the ground as if to prevent them moving sideways.


My guess is that the turntable wasn't used to rotate locos but to change tracks. I know that points are much cheaper but what if it was sitting somewhere spare? It was manufactured in about 1888, but installed in 1932, 44 years later. They were shunting steam locos in 1932 but because the iron ore was going in the one direction (to El Hornillo), it wouldn't have been necessary to rotate locomotives, but it would have been necessary to shunt them into the siding quickly to get them out of the way of the next train.

Just a thought. See also the plan.

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Monday, 8 November 2021



Some news for you today - Rafael tells me that his meeting with the mancomunidad (one level up from town halls) went very well, and it looks like they are going to support plans for a track to Arboleas, and later to Almajalejo...and Huércal Overa.

The mancomunidad covers the whole of the Almanzora Valley and is responsible for the green lanes (vías verdes) and the distribution of development funds.

Both Rafael and I are here in Zurgena, so if you want to drop by tomorrow or Wednesday to give us some support, then please do - we will be pleased to see you.

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Saturday, 6 November 2021



Some news: I dropped in to Tíjola on the way home. The water tower has gone as has the little casita.

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Saturday, 6 November 2021



Well, this is where we are on the 6th. Much of the track has been cleared, thanks to the rains last night. This ground is like adobe - like mucus when wet and like concrete when dry. Fortunately, it rained in Zurgena last night, so I got up at 6:30 and started to work on the track. As the day warmed up, the ground became harder, making it difficult to work.

I hope that Carlos, the professional digger driver won't laugh too hard at my efforts!!

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Saturday, 6 November 2021



Some of the track exposed leading towards Arboleas.

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Friday, 5 November 2021



Today has been a 'tidy up' day to make the site look more professional for any dignitaries who may happen by. All metalwork has been stored and vegetation cleared. Many thanks to Nick Allen for his great work and intelligent comments.

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Friday, 5 November 2021



The track from the engine shed. Still some work to do.

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Friday, 5 November 2021



The trusty bobcat (thanks, Mike) that has been clearing the tracks today.

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Friday, 5 November 2021



When we first uncovered this piece of machinery, we thought that there was a bearing in the centre but as we cleared the mud away it became obvious that there was no contact between the centre spindle and the outer assembly (see other photo). I was very confused as the outer assembly appeared to have four legs. Only recently (I'm a slow learner) did it become apparent that the outer assembly was once the gondola which was, sadly, cut up with an oxy-acetylene torch for scrap. The red lines indicate the extent of the original gondola. The height of the beam is the same as that of the turntable in Baza.

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Friday, 5 November 2021



This is the centre of the turntable. As one can see, there is no bearing between the centre pillar and the outer ring. At the very top of the photograph can be seen a dish-like indentation and I believe this was part of a sort of ball and socket joint which allowed the gondola to move in every plane, depending on the outer rail, allowing for differences in the alignment of the rail.

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Friday, 5 November 2021



Thank you to Jose Antonio Serrano Navarro for this photo by Asun González Serrano of Guadix station in 1980 from a Barcelona-Granada express. Possibly the most interesting part is the Babwil centre photo.

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Friday, 5 November 2021



An image for you for which I have to thank Jose Antonio Serrano Navarro. I have never seen this one before of one of the GSSR Kitson-Meyers which was taken in Córdoba where it was being used between 1941 and 1953.

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Thursday, 4 November 2021



Many thanks to Jonathan Bishop for re-installing Ubuntu in the PC that he kindly donated. We now have a functioning information screen!

Also, thanks to Mike Woolnough for dropping by. It is always good to see interested parties.

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Thursday, 4 November 2021



Fortunately the 1923 Pullman coach survived the conflagration. Maybe the heat helped to remove some of the graffiti which is plastered all over it. Perhaps now the town hall of Guadix will allow us to bring this historical gem to Zurgena to give it the care that it deserves.

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Thursday, 4 November 2021



Rafael has sent us some photos which he has taken of the carriage that was attacked by arsonists last night.

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Thursday, 4 November 2021



Well, this is how it looked this evening after a struggle with the Bobcat and dry earth. The ground here is mucoid when wet and like concrete when dry.

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Thursday, 4 November 2021



Rafael, our glorious president, getting to know our Bobcat this morning.

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Thursday, 4 November 2021



A great repair, securing the area from ne'er-do-wells.

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Thursday, 4 November 2021



It has been quite an eventful day starting with the lads from the town hall coming to repair the gate that blew down in the wind. Well done lads!

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Wednesday, 3 November 2021



There has been a terrible thing that has happened tonight. Please see the previous blog. This was a deliberate act of arson using an accelerant and I hope that the Guardia Civil arrest and prosecute the culprits. These coaches were sitting unloved for many years but had the hope of renovation to then be used in a museum. Fortunately, they missed the 1923 Pullman coach. Perhaps they will come back for that tomorrow. No-one seems to give a fxxx.

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Wednesday, 3 November 2021



Dear members and all lovers of the history of the Spanish railways, I have some terrible news for you tonight. One of the coaches that were sitting near Guadix station have been burnt. This was a clear attack of arson which required an accelerant such as petrol. Whoever did this has no interest or love of the history of the Spanish railway network. Heartbreaking.

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Wednesday, 3 November 2021



Well, it's been a day! The bobcat is now working and we have been working on the back-hoe, retro or whatever you want to call it. We now have some new hoses for the hydraulics, and have serviced the valves.

John Bishop dropped by to pick up the PC that he donated as it decided to come up with a password request that no-one expected. Thank you John.

To let everyone know, the next AGM is planned for the 6th December, so get your diaries / Filofaxes out. A provisional agenda will come out soon.

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Wednesday, 3 November 2021



Rafael clearing the tracks. Unfortunately, the ground has dried out which makes it hard going.

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Wednesday, 3 November 2021



Our glorious president in the funcioning bobcat type machine - now functioning well!

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Wednesday, 3 November 2021



Been a bit blowy here in Zurgena I guess!

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Wednesday, 3 November 2021



A discovery by Nick - under the engine shed is (probably not surprisingly) an inspection pit. More pick and shovel work for us.

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Monday, 1 November 2021



Well, we will be back in Zurgena on Wednesday through Friday assuming the Bobcat can be fixed, so if anyone wants to drop by and say 'Hello' then we'd be delighted to see you. If Rafael can sort out the problem with the Bobcat, then we'll be working through to get the track exposed while the ground is damp.

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Friday, 29 October 2021



Regarding the turntable, our friend Ana Gutiérrez has supplied the ground plan from 1932.

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Friday, 29 October 2021



The Railway Magazine has sent an email at our request to their customers via 'The Railway Hub'

NEW WORKING RAILWAY MUSEUM

There is a new working railway museum in Spain which is a collaboration between the British and Spanish. Under construction now, when finished it will be the only railway museum in Spain running locomotives and stock. Located in the old Zurgena railway station, near Mojacar. The line was built by a British company, The GSSR in 1885 - 1894...

STOP PRESS: Turntable found this week!! See their blog. Max Kite.

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Friday, 29 October 2021



We now have information sheets on the gates to the area (again, thanks to Clive West) for people who come to see what is going on out of curiosity.

We are still waiting for the Bobcat to be repaired so that we can get to work clearing the tracks.

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Friday, 29 October 2021



Some good progress made yesterday by Clive West including in the museum where the boards have been adorned with photographs and holders for forms.

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Wednesday, 27 October 2021



A frustrating day today - we had the Bobcat on charge overnight and she started perfectly this morning, but was haemorrhaging diesel from an injector, so had to be shut down. A shame, as the ground is perfect for clearing as it is soft but not too muddy.

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Wednesday, 27 October 2021



We now have the monitor working, thanks to John Bishop who donated a PC and its keyboard and mouse.

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021



We now have a poster thanks to Clive West which we hope to put up in bars and shops. Clive is away in the UK for a while, so anyone who would like to help in putting up posters, please contact me through the site.

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021



The area, now cleared of rubbish by Carlos and his JCB. The next job is to clear the tracks.

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021



What was once a swimming pool a few days ago has now drained - possibly showing that the old drainage system still works. Still a bit muddy, but drying out after the deluge.

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021



Clive has done a great job of blocking up the door to make the casita secure.

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021



This is a little outhouse that will be used for storage of tools etc.

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021



Although it may not appear so, work has been done on the renovation of the 'Bobcat' making it ready and raring to go in the clean up of the tracks.

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Saturday, 23 October 2021



On every life a little rain must fall...but WOW! The timing could have been a little bit better.

We will be there next week from Tuesday with a sump pump and a bucket or two. Anyone who wants to drop by to give us some moral support will be very welcome.

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Friday, 22 October 2021



Hello everyone, This is a text from our president Rafael. I reproduce it verbatim:

Good morning everyone again, more news in these days of hectic activity;). Last Tuesday we had a working day at the station as usual. It was a busy day on several fronts. Nick Allen and Clive West's relentless work reconnecting electricity and water facilities to service the turntable area and workshop area and shunting lanes was joined by Max Kite's work on the station and with the transportation work. of the mini-excavator that an English resident of Albox has donated to the association, thank you very much Mike, to be able to continue with the excavation and earthmoving work of the station. The excavator has a couple of injectors in poor condition and a worn hydraulic pump but I have already obtained the spare parts in record time, I hope to finish the repair work next week, although it is already in operation and can move correctly. Meanwhile the excavator and the tractor with trailer provided by the Zurgena City Council continue to work incessantly and we are already very close to the end of the cleaning, clearing and leveling work of the entire area, as soon as these works are finished I will start with the construction of the workshop on the road that went to the marble factory, we urgently need it to be able to bring and restore historical rolling stock, starting with my steam locomotive from 1912, I will bring it to Zurgena station as soon as the workshop is finished and So we can soon start having classic steam rolling stock, there are only three units in Spain and it is the only one with a low ceiling that remains today, it will be an unforgettable experience to be able to see it again in operation here in Zurgena. I was also meeting with the administrative staff of the Zurgena City Council filling in and processing application files for courses on "Technician in railway equipment and cables", you already know that one of the pillars of this project is training in the conservation and maintenance of railway equipment such as a way to create jobs and train citizens in technical matters in this field so that these facilities can be maintained and managed by adequately trained local staff. We are now in the process of qualifying the Zurgena City Council as a teaching center with an approved workshop to teach these courses, something that will lay the foundations for us to be a technical center of reference at the national level, we are very close to achieving it and I hope to be able to give you good news of all this soon. At the same time we continue to work on the turntable mechanism. We are already cleaning with wire and radial brushes and it looks better every time. Thanks to the collaboration of our friend and technical architect Ana Gutiérrez Manzano, who has been gathering documentation for this railway for a long time, we have obtained photos of the original technical documentation of the station and the turntable, of the construction work, assembly budgets. , etc., Thank you very much Ana, and we have been able to locate the original files, I'll have to go in person to the Historical Railway Archive of Madrid to get a full copy of them but it has been a great luck to have to already some photographs that we serve as a guide in the work, I attach some to this publication. This reminds me that our colleague Ray Gaskell asked for information from the station for the incredible model he made of the Zurgena station, Ray, there was indeed a coal deposit to the right of the locomotive shed in the 30s, another question resolved, on Tuesday I bring you a paper copy to help you with your work. And this is all for today, next week more news, cheer up and stop by the station on Tuesday to see the work, a good amount of dust on your shoes is guaranteed and a good time for conversation too. Kind regards, Rafael García De La Mata Escudero

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Tuesday, 19 October 2021



This is to say a hearty "THANK YOU" to Mike Carr (Bobcat loan, and much help), Christine Warburton for the gift of a printer, Mike Woolnough for a cash donation and last but definitely not least, John Bishop for the donation of a PC, keyboard and mouse. That will be used in the museum linked to the large flatscreen that we have, to show videos etc.

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Tuesday, 19 October 2021



The turntable stripped of all its dirt. Carlos (JCB) and Juan (tractor) have worked like Trojans, and Nick and Clive have done a huge amount of work, getting water on site and manually cleaning up said turntable.

On that subject, we are even more confused now that we have removed all (well, 99%) of the dirt as there is no physical contact betweeen the spindle and the outer rotor. Anyone who happens to have technical drawings of 1889 turntables under their bed, please let us know!

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Tuesday, 19 October 2021



AT LAST!! The Bobcat that Mike has so kindly leant us has arrived on site. It needs some mechanical work by Rafael, but once working will be immensely useful to us.

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Monday, 18 October 2021



This is where we are tonight. The turntable actually moves! The first time in many decades.

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Monday, 18 October 2021



Carlos has excavated the floor of the old workshop and exposed the track underneath.

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Friday, 15 October 2021



This is the only photo that I know of in existence of the turntable. Click on the image to see a close-up. There is clearly a track around the circumference but as yet we haven't discovered it.

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Friday, 15 October 2021



As can be seen from Nick's photo from today, there is a clear gap between the apparatus and the floor of the turntable (still some muck to clear away yet), showing that it rotated.

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Friday, 15 October 2021



Since we discovered it, the turntable has been oozing a thick black bituminous liquid. This has caused confusion, however, I believe that it is because the turntable was of the 'hydrostatic' type. An explanation can be seen in The Engineer's And Mechanic's Encyclopaedia by Luke Herbert.

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Friday, 15 October 2021



Nick Allen was working on site this morning - well done, Nick. He supplied this photo (amongst others). This shows that the whole assembly that we have uncovered actually rotated, the 'slider' (marked) being to stabilize the assembly.

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Friday, 15 October 2021



This morning, Rafael cleaned and oiled up his slide rule and, as a result of many calculations came up with the following data regarding the turntable:

The JCB has cleared 240 cubic metres of dirt.
That is the equivalent of more than 700 ton(ne)s excavated and carried by tractor offsite.

Well done Carlos and Juan!...and Rafael and his slide rule!

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Thursday, 14 October 2021



This is how it was left at 7pm this evening. The lads will be back at work tomorrow and Monday mornings at 8am if anyone should feel like a visit to the site.

Thanks to Mike and Fred for dropping in to see us this morning.

One can see a short walkaround video here.

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Thursday, 14 October 2021



Originally it was thought that the construction was bolted down and the turntable rotated above it, but, as can be seen here from the gap next to the shovel, the whole assembly rotated.

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Thursday, 14 October 2021



The first moment a stone of the perimiter wall was discovered. It is almost certainly travertine from Los Marcelinos.

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Thursday, 14 October 2021



Well, the work continued today, and thanks to Carlos and Juan for their great efforts, with the slow painful unearthing of the turntable centre.

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Thursday, 14 October 2021



Many thanks to Nick Nutter of Visit Andalusia for helping us to get publicity for the museum by putting this information in The Euro Weekly News.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021



Wow! What a day! Sometimes, when one thinks that things are going slowly, or even not at all, one has a day like today! In one day, the JCB has cleared nearly all of the rubble, discovered a turntable (this is how it stands as of tonight), cleared all of the remains of the aviary, removed the lampposts, and generally done a fantastic job. See photos below.

Many thanks to:
Ray, Mike, John Bishop and Nick Nutter for giving us their support by turning up. It is much appreciated and really makes a difference.
Nick Allen, Clive West and Rafael for the incredible hard work that they put in! They all played blinders!! All of us were sweating buckets.
Paul Armstrong for his very generous donation of tools to the museum.
...and to José of the Coviran shop opposite the station for donating a new broom to the museum. Please give him your custom if you can.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021



King of the castle! Our glorious president giving some perspective to the impressive centre of the turntable.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021



The JCB excavating around the centre of the turntable.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021



The moment of discovery of the centre of the turntable.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021



Ray (Treasurer) and Rafael (President) discussing the works.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021



Nick making mincemeat of the concrete bases of the lampposts.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021



Carlos (a great machine operator) removing all of the lampposts for future use.

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021



The main area being cleared of rubble.

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Tuesday, 12 October 2021



A big thank you to Paul Armstrong (any relation?) for the donation of tools and a toolbox to the association. Anyone else who has a load of tools knocking about in their shed, just taking up space, please donate them to us - they will be put to good use!

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Tuesday, 12 October 2021



Well, our little museum is looking a bit more like a museum. The boards are finished, but we need someone with some flair to help us present the information to the general public. Any offers?

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Monday, 11 October 2021



The goods building looking huge now that everything has been cleared out of it.

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Monday, 11 October 2021



Hooray! We actually now have electricity in the area that we are working without the need for FOUR extension cables!! It turns out that the cable was damaged during the consrtruction of the invalid ramp. We also managed to damage the cable when the JCB was working. All resolved now!! A big thank you to the lads at Zurgena maintenance department.

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Thursday, 7 October 2021



Don't forget that Visit Andalucia have some excellent articles about our area as well as articles about The GSSR and the Zurgena Railway Museum. Check them out!

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Thursday, 7 October 2021



The digger also has a retro-arm.

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Thursday, 7 October 2021



Rafael inspecting the digger that has been offered to us for use in the museum.

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021



Nick was kind enough to come down this morning to help with the digging.

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021



This will be the indoor part of the museum. As one can see, we have installed whiteboards to attach photos and examples. They just need the frame to be fitted.

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021



At last, we have proof that the turntable exists - a tiny section of wall.

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021



Clive getting busy with a spade. Hard ground.

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021



Rafael and Clive discussing the recently discovered wall of the turntable.

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021



AT LAST!!! It's down!! We have finally managed to beat the birdcage. Well done Clive and Rafael!!

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Saturday, 2 October 2021



Well, The GSSR has become a little more famous (or slightly less unknown!!) thanks to the Visit Andalusia website whereby they have made a video about the railway.

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Saturday, 2 October 2021



We would like to say a big 'thank you' to Paul Armstrong for the donation of a wheelbarrow to the Museum!

I have attached a photograph of a wheelbarrow in case any of you have forgotten what one looks like!!

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Thursday, 30 September 2021



A sad day today. It was the last day that the local train from Águilas ran to Lorca. The line is now closed to traffic. Renfe say that this is being done to build the new AVE line.

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Wednesday, 29 September 2021



Well, we had been digging (when in a hole etc...) and then this morning, Clive suggested that we were digging in the wrong place. How possible? EVERYONE had told us that the turntable that we were searching for was under the aviary! Some serious study of the only plan and photograph that we have proved that we were about 10 metres out! Well spotted, Clive! We have decided to leave it to the digger.

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Wednesday, 29 September 2021



Another part of the aviary finally coming down. See video.

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Wednesday, 29 September 2021



At last, the aviary is starting to come down! See video.

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021



Holes dug in search of the elusive turntable. We will find it soon.

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021



Another part of the aviary cut down.

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021



At last! A section of the aviary cut down to size.

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021



Nick and Max looking for the turntable.

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021



Clive and Nick working hard!!

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021



Young Clive working hard.

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021



Nick putting in some hard work for the museum.

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021



Rafael with María Ángeles discussing the museum.

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Thursday, 23 September 2021



There is still a lot of detritus to clear. We are hoping to see Carlos with his JCB on Tuesday.

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Thursday, 23 September 2021



We also managed to gain access to the town hall workshops, which we will be able to use when necessary. Theae include a professsional Wacker for levelling ground, a bench saw, drills, a compressor etc. These will come in very useful.

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Thursday, 23 September 2021



Rafael has just bought a golf buggy to be able to access all parts of the line, carrying tools and visitors.

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Friday, 17 September 2021



The first rolling stock to run in Zurgena for 37 years! Just joking - we won't be seeing The City of Truro here for a little while yet, but you can see the video of what really happened. Yes, it is a golf cart.

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Friday, 17 September 2021



As one can see, there is still much work to do in Arboleas station!

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Friday, 17 September 2021



This is Arboleas station - in La Perla!! It is in the process of being renovated. I will keep you posted regarding the works.

This station will be the first one for the rolling stock to travel to.

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Friday, 17 September 2021



The old track to the defunct marble factory.

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Friday, 17 September 2021



Aviary still stubbornly standing!!

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Friday, 17 September 2021



Remnants of the points.

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Friday, 17 September 2021



I passed by the museum yesterday and took some photographs. This is where we are at the moment.

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Monday, 19 July 2021



The track from the engine shed in the direction of Baza.

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Monday, 19 July 2021



Rafael showing the effects of heat after a long morning getting down and dirty.

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Monday, 19 July 2021



The tracks leading east towards Baza. On the left can be seen a set of points.

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Monday, 19 July 2021



Ray, one of the committee members showing interest in the progress of the works.

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Monday, 19 July 2021



Rafael overseeing the work of the JCB. We were delighted to find the tracks that we thought had been ripped up.

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Monday, 19 July 2021



The rear entrance before the JCB cleared all of the herbiage.

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Monday, 19 July 2021



The JCB exposing the tracks. Carlos, the operator, is excellent.

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Friday, 25 June 2021



Our glorious president Rafael getting his hands dirty dismantling the birdcage last June.