Today we had another day on recovering the loop at Laverton, with something over half dismantled by the end of a very windy day.
Last week we worked at the northern end of the loop, taking out a number of rails and stacking the corresponding sleepers in a nearby pile. Today, we addressed the southern end of the loop.
Here the telehandler is dragging back the first rails for storage by the turnout.
At Laverton Loop, it is the loop (here on the right hand side) that is coming out, for transport to Broadway. It is of slightly lighter section, but good for the station. The main line is 113lbs flat bottom rail, and will stay in place. However, as it will be welded to form CWR, each rail will have to be cut to remove the bolt holes, and shifted south to close the gaps, then welded. The two north and south loop turnouts will be removed, and replaced with plain 113lbs rails. This is the reason for the stacks of sleepers at each end.
As it happens, the Clearance and PWay gangs are working in parallel at Laverton at the moment.
In the foreground Dave is removing the turnout fishplates, while on the left a large clearance gang is removing bramble growth from the lineside - this reappears very quickly.
For lunch, the clearance gang form a circle of folding chairs in a secluded spot, and eat outdoors.
The PWay, however....
... make a dash back to Winchcombe, where a bevy of top rated chefs have been preparing a superb meal for us all morning.
Mushroom soup, soaked up with bread and butter, followed by hamburger, beans and chips done to perfection.
This is followed by tea, and a cupcake from Mrs. B's kitchen, this time topped by two very seasonal chocolate Easter eggs. Who could resist?
Have another? Why, yes....
We are being watched....
After the loop has been dismantled, the gang is ready to work on the actual extension again. The share issue is now open, and the biggest item on the extension budget is ballast and rails to get us to Broadway. Will you help?