The contractors mentioned in an earlier post have now started work.
There are two jobs:
- Repair of a small slip on the Malvern side.
- Repair of the mouth of a culvert under the embankment, both sides, a few yards further on.
The contractors are expected to be on site for 5 weeks or so, but after only 3 days progress was already quite impressive. Here is a view of the two sites today:
The side of the embankment has been cut away in steps right down to the bottom. While the top end of the embankment is made of ballast and ash, the lower half is clay, excavated in 1904 from the cuttings north and south of here.
The black line across the field on the left indicates the brook,which crosses under the embankment and whose culvert is also being repaired.
There are two interesting pipes that have been placed in the culvert. I wonder how they came to be in there?
The brook then flows into large concrete pipes under the camera, to dive under a farm track parallel to the embankment.
The damaged section has already been removed, so these guys work pretty fast.
It is a hot and sunny day today. The chap in the yellow vest is in an unusual pose, and no, he's not looking at his wrist watch.
A last look at the work on the slip:
We'll take a look from time to time, and keep you posted of progress.