Spring is upon us, and trains have started running again. The PWay dept. has completed the relay of the Toddington loop.
It's also Mothering Sunday - lunch at the Crown & Trumpet, preceded by an extension trackbed walk, was an acceptable compromise. So here is the latest state of play:
Using a theodolite a straight line was established between the two bridges, and then by means of a table the curve was set out at 20m intervals using stakes.
It was really great to see the PWay gang at Broadway, the first signs that something is starting to happen.
Time for a walk the 2 miles to Laverton then, to see how things are going.
Andy P's drainage team has also been along, marking out the sites of drains under the embankment, and clearing pathways down for remedial action. Very efficient.
Further south, beyond Little Buckland, there is a 300m patch of older undergrowth which has not yet been addressed. However, on the trackbed itself the flail has made a passage wide enough for track, with just the surface needing a final scrape. This area will see the first 800m of track laid.
After the major relay of the entire Toddington station area we are taking a short break from maintenance during the non-running season. A lot of stuff is going on behind the scenes to get us ready for the big push. News of this will be posted as soon as it happens!