1. Welding and reclipping the track at Bishop's Cleeve. The welding and stressing here is completed; the track clipping needs finishing off but is nearly done.
2. Welding a gap at Laverton, and reclipping. This was followed by a small ballast drop there.
3. Sorting new sleepers in Winchcombe yard, and taking these out up the cutting.
4. Track laying in the cutting.
Haigh Rail were also busy welding by the tunnel, working towards Winchcombe station, doing every other joint. 10 welds were done here, a good effort for the day.
Each team had a handful of NR volunteers, and here we see a gang clipping up the track laid on saturday.
Some of the NR people were office workers, but others were clearly familiar with the pan keys, which they drove in most forcefully, and precisely. Respect!
He seems to be a successful fisherman too.
One of the three Haigh Rail teams started welding from the tunnel end of the work site, and slowly made their way north.
Here is the fifth weld they put in today. The combustion process has been completed and the excess material is being cut off with a hydraulic ram.
A colleague is already preparing the next weld on the other side.
The excess material being cut off by the ram is still red hot (centre right), necessary so that it is still pliable enough to be pushed off.
The joint is later finished off with a grinder to make it smooth.
Here the sixth weld is being prepped. The two rail ends are moved with small wedges so that they are exactly opposite each other.
Then a clay mould is fitted around the rails, with the joints sealed tight except for the top, where the molten metal is allowed to flow in.
These two referred to themselves as Grumpy and Happy, and made a perfect team. Yin and Yang.
There will be another spent ballast removal excercise tomorrow, and space is now getting short for manoeuvering, as the two rail ends edge closer to each other. Quite possibly we may be able to join them up on Saturday, we shall see.
|Did you push it off the end? Not me mate, it was him.|
Also towards the end of the day, the sleeper loading team from the yard pushed out a trolley loaded with 16 new sleepers.
At the end of the day, our friends from Network Rail confessed that they had indeed enjoyed themselves, and we were certainly most grateful for their contribution, not only in terms of physical work but also for the social interaction and contacts made. Thank you, and come again !
Haigh Rail too have been steadily plugging away at the many joints that we have left for them, which is a huge contribution and which will save us much trouble from dropped joints in the future. They will be back too, perhaps as early as tomorrow, weather permitting.