Laying of track has not started yet, but some more preparatory work has been undertaken, so time for a little update on the project.
The lizards are due to be removed in May and and June, and then clearance can get on with the rest of the job (only a few 100yds are concerned).
Above is the view from just south of Bridge 5 (Little Buckland) showing the area affected.
This photograph looking south shows the end of the affected area, and the limit of clearance today. We are in the curve between the Laverton Straight and bridge 5. Just a few steps further you can see a PWay train loaded with sleepers, ready to go!
This photograph looking north was taken looking in the opposite direction and shows a recently cleared area leading into the curve. All very neat and tidy.
Beyond, the curve continues towards Peasebrook farm.
If you look carefully, you can see a little red dot in the distance. That is the former Broadway goods shed, now maintained by the Caravan Club. Not so far then! But the first track lay will be to put down the 800m of new rail we have in store. That will take us to little Buckland bridge, just behind the camera. We have sufficient concrete sleepers in store as well, but will have to put our hands in our pockets to buy the necessary ballast, at £20 a ton.
Visible left of centre are the Broadway goods shed, the sewage farm at Pry lane (bridge 3) and a 360 working on the mouth of bridge 4.
So much for the news. The jungle telegraph suggests that there should be opportunity for a further update in the second half of June.