Two teams were working on the extension today, 4 teams of welders, and the Wednesday gang on the track extension.
As these photographs were being taken, a number of welds had already been effected, but were still waiting to be finished off with the removal of the excess, and grinding down.
This is the area that will be ballasted tomorrow.
Further up the line we find a different group, here laying track. This is the Wednesday gang of the PWay (there are two gangs, Wednesday and Saturday).
There were 80 sleepers remaining on the second of the two bogie flats, and today they were all laid, so that the wagons can be retrieved for loading again. One more load will finish the job to Peasebrook Farm bridge.
Here a group of 4 sleepers is being lifted into position.
A different technique here - Saturday's gang shout out the desired direction (Toddy, Malvern etc) whereas Wednesday's gang use hand signals. Take your pick.
In the near distance is the current track laying target, bridge 4. It's not far now.
The intention was to get the 80 sleepers down, and the rail to go with it. Here the first pair is being lifted in, but further supplies were blocked by the welders' vans at the time of the visit.
Frustrating news comes from the hired in tamper, which unfortunately broke down half way through the first day, still in the area of Laverton. It looks like serious gear box trouble, which isn't easily fixed. Options are being looked into, so it'll be a few days before we know more.