The nice line of stacks took several days to achieve, as they have been picked out of the jumble in the picture below. The word 'mixture' gives you a clue. On delivery some years ago now they were unloaded under time pressure with potential demurrage charges payable, so they are not so
The pile of lighter coloured sleepers are the rejects, discarded due to bent hoops or damaged concrete. Luckily the ratio is fairly low.
Today was a non - running day, so a PWay train went out, firstly to unload a corrugated lamp hut at CRC, and then on the return journey to pause at Skew Bridge for loading with as many sleepers as we could muster.
There was a group of 5 of us today, just the right number to act as banksmen, site supervisor and telehandler driver. The sleepers are put in stacks separated by bearers, which protect the hoops, and make unloading at the extension end easier too.
On completion, the stacks are secured down tight with straps.
|The first Warflat is full, now on to the second.|
The 400 sleepers represent 15 lengths @ 26 sleepers each, or a potential extension length of 270m. It should take us a good way round the bend towards Little Buckland bridge, the target of our first relaying phase.
This little supply of sleepers will give the relaying gang something to do... probably two days' worth, the first of which will take place almost immediately, i.e. this Saturday.
Stay tuned, and see how far they got !