The Telehandler has had its puncture repaired and, in the absence of the JCB, had to both bring the sleepers (its normal job) as well as place them (the JCB's job).
This slowed the job down somewhat, as while the JCB is placing sleepers from piles of 8 brought up, the Telehandler can normally drive back and get the next 8. Not today though.
Here is the Telehandler picking up 4 sleepers (it wasn't always possible to take 8 at once, due to stacking overlaps).
A side issue for speed of laying is the distance of the Warflat from the rail head - alas, this is getting longer and longer. Well, what do you want?
After a while, say after 30 sleepers or so, we have to move the line along a bit.
Here Jim and Neil are planting the next peg. They just follow a line of yellow dots placed previously by someone who knows where we are going!
You can't see Broadway goods shed any more, as we are now on the straight and it's hidden behind that big tree on the left.
|Is it straight? Nah mate, give it a bit of a tug.|
Notice a certain class division here... lowly workers on the left, management, guarding the cherry sponge cake, on the right.
After lunch, and back to work. The Telehandler was already on site with the next load, while we rode shotgun on the Landie. Yee-haw!
Some complaints percolated forwards that the sleepers weren't laid as straight as they might have been.
You can see their point. They look a bit higgeldy-piggeldy, you won't get a rail in like that. Nigel here is busy with a small team getting them all nice and straight in a row.
Where is this lot off to then?
Now you can see Broadway goods shed again, as at this point the offending tree blocking the view is just behind the camera. But during the day's laying we got nearer and nearer to this tree (without quite passing it) and towards the end of the day you could see the goods shed from where we were working. Progress!
Neil in the Landie - we couldn't do without either of them.
Time to pick up the tools and take them back to Winchcombe for safe keeping.
At the end of the day, both Warflats were empty again, and are ready to be taken down to Gotherington for a fresh supply of 300 sleepers.
No doubt we will see them trundle through Hayles on Monday morning.
Ivor is pacing out the distances. He's got to work out how much ballast to order, just up his street as a cost accountant in a previous life. We all had one of those, but now we're a team on the railway.
The little yellow stake in the distance is nearly 400yds away, and marks the site of Peasebrook Farm bridge, and the end of the current rail laying exercise. During the forthcoming winter non-running season, the gang will be working on maintenance on the operational line. The extension will not be standing still however, we will be ballasting the next stretch beyond the bridge, to Broadway. A big job, and an expensive one. We've got £410.000 still to find on the share issue.
- Another replica lamp post was planted on platform 2 today. Three more are expected on Wednesday, it's a promise.
- A 'municipal' type lamp post was planted on the drive, the first of 5 along there.
- Brick laying on the northern wall of the station building has now reached over the top of the end window. The arch won't go in until the internal blockwork has caught up.
On the left is the area of clearance addressed by the contractor earlier this week.