The tamper has paused here at Little Buckland bridge for a brief inspection, prior to starting the job. A measuring run has already been done.
The machine then set off on its tamping run, here just about to pass slowly over the bridge, which was very comprehensively repaired as one of the 5 Bridges to Broadway.
Andy P's drain repair works have worked very well here and there's been no flooding (needing the huge depth gauges) here for a while now. Nonetheless the area under the bridge is wet, and this because of a spring-like eruption of water in the side of the road behind the camera, which is outside our control, unfortunately.
The run up to the bridge from the south needed little lifting, but once over the top, the area north of the bridge did need more lift, as can be seen by the exposed sleepers left by the machine in the middle of the picture.
The next stage of this job is to sweep the ballast off, using the newly repaired ballast regulator. Once the tops of the sleepers are clean, we can lift up the rail and stress / weld it, before dropping it down again and fastening down for good.