A good team of 13 set out today, with four to start brushing the CWR section to give it a final clean, ready for the stressing later this month. More needs to be done here, before the rollers go under.
The other 9 worked on the railhead itself. This is the view off the end bogie flat of the PWay train parked on the railhead. The next point of note is Peasebrook Farm bridge (Bridge 4), just visible by its two sets of handrails. The newly laid ballast bed now stretches off into the distance right up to Childswickham Road bridge, just before the red goods shed visible at the back.
The extension train has been reloaded and parked close to the railhead. We've got 320 freshly loaded concrete sleepers up there, plus enough rail to get us over the next bridge.
The tamper's been right up to the end of the supply train, as has the ballast regulator.
This was the view on Friday, when we ran the two 6T dumpers down here to bring another two loads of ballast to beef up some low spots identified, and to take away some rubbish from the lineside.
Ade set out the all important blue line to follow, and here Paul is explaining where Broadway lies - it's thataway, about another kilometer further.
Ade then set out some intermediary posts, helped by signs given by the sleeper laying team: left a bit, right a bit, that's it. We need to hit that bridge in the right spot.
Feeling rather triumphant today, we lined up on the final sleeper for a group photograph:
|Can you see me, Mum?|
Part of the glory also goes to Alan on the Telehandler (already returning to Winchcombe) and to Nigel and the brushing gang, who were working further back on the section that is about to be stressed.
It's worth repeating at this point that your contributions are paying for the contractor lifting in the sleepers, for the sleepers themselves, the layer of ballast on which we are placing them, and finally, the underbridge here, which was refurbished as part of the 'Bridges to Broadway' programme. You made it possible - give us the means, and we will build it!