As you will have read, there was a delivery of rail on 2nd September, and this was immediately laid. It allowed the former temporary storage siding beyond the Laverton headshunt to be completely relaid with new rail, after the sleepers, removed temporarily to allow the stretch to be graded and ballasted on Terram, were put back.
Just to be clear, the track laying job is not finished, but the rail and sleepers are down. They have been temporarily tied together with SHC clips every other sleeper to keep the rail in place. Work trains can now pass over it with caution.
The track still has to be ballasted and the CWR stretched into its final position, before it is fully clipped up.
Beyond, towards Broadway, is the stretch of rail that was already laid earlier in the year, and the two are now welded together and of the same new rail.
By the wagons in the distance the track starts to curve towards Little Buckland, a stretch that was already ballasted.
What is striking is how clean this stretch looks - all the excess material has been removed and rubbish left over from welding cleared up - a great job!
|The current rail head|
Now we need more rail...
Broadway canopy progress:
Three of the seven trusses have been completed, and await painting. This will be done by a small group from Broadway, where we have experienced painters.
The trusses have been assembled with bolts and these will be replaced by hot rivets in due course. A quality job, which has drawn a lot of admiration, now that you can see for yourself how good it looks.
Outside, another truss and a completed purlin have been put aside for storage. It is hoped to test assemble a stretch of roof at Toddington in due course, before the actual canopy construction begins at Broadway, perhaps in the new year.
Foremarke Hall got the road and has set off for Winchcombe. It has the shiniest coat of paint, quite amazing quality there.