The gang was then able to lay 73 more sleepers, and with the JCB back in action, a further 10 rails were dropped in, i.e. 5 more panels.
The supply train was then propelled up as far as it would go, out of the way of 'tweaking', welding and ballasting going on behind.
Here is the train at its northernmost point so far.
It was a misty morning when these photographs were taken, but for a moment the sun came out, to reveal the glory of the Cotswolds countryside.
The rails left on the two bogie flats in the foreground carry enough rail to bring the railhead to Peasebrook Farm bridge, where the ballast ends in the distance.
Looking the other way, we can see exactly where the railhead is now, as the yellow post in the right foreground marks the Worcestershire county border.
So much for Saturday. Monday saw an appeal for a small group to help discharge the ballast train that Steve had filled up during the morning.
|Steve is rather taken aback by a medical tale.|
As we slowly trundled up the newly laid line, John regaled us with a stream of dubious jokes, the mildest of which informed us of the address of his local policeman at:
999, Letsby Avenue.
Finally we arrived at Little Buckland, driver Neil commenting that to get to the railhead seemed to be taking longer and longer.
Well we jolly well hope so too.
John is walking towards the spot where the first drop will commence. The pipes in the foreground are for additional drainage near Pry Lane bridge.
We clamber on board the Dogfish, to crack open the chutes, to make sure that they will open at once on the command.
The word is that there'll be another ballast dump at the end of the week, prior to the start of tamping next Monday. All this in preparation for the stressing of two stretches of CWR and installation of associated anchor points.