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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.