This being a long curve, we have both rollers under the rails (on the right) as well as side rollers (on the left).
You can see that, due to the rollers, the rail is 'floating' above the pads, and in this way can be pulled to the right level of tension.
Here's a side roller in place. The new rail, delivered only a few months ago, is already rusty and dirty, the latter due to the ballast dropped on it, then swept away by the ballast regulator.
You can see that we don't want any bits of stone under it, hence the additional manual sweeping to get everything clean.
While this is going on, other members of Haigh Rail, and our small GWSR gang, work down the 500m south to remove the rollers, which are now no longer needed. They are at 8 sleeper intervals, and each removed roller has to be replaced by a pad - on a clean surface, mind. No stones or mud underneath (otherwise it is impossible to clip up) and no fingers underneath either. It's all poked out using one of the pads for a stick.
Next to that, we have to quickly clip up the 5 lengths immediately to the north and south of the weld, so that everything is secure. The rest then has to be clipped up as soon as possible thereafter - that is tomorrow's job. A huge clipping up excercise is due then - 35 volunteers are expected, 5000 clips to be done.
Andy and Nigel can be seen clipping up at Little Buckland Bridge here, while in the background a bump on a previous weld is being ground out.
Not much further now, in this telephoto shot, before we enter the long curve into Broadway itself. We will have one more 1km stressed section to weld up, then we will continue with 120ft lengths; a mixture of welded and fishplated rail.
By the way, we are considering having some of these cast:
If your railway needs some of these, get in touch with breva2011(at)hotmail.co.uk. Any (modest) profits will go to the railway.