Everything is assembled at Broadway now, and the next job is to rivet all the elements together for a tight, rigid construction..
The individual rivets - in two sizes - are heated in small batches on the spot. It's quite simple really.
Here's a typical riveting area, the place where two fascia boards and a truss end meet. Most of the bolts have already been taken out (not all of them, obviously!)
The pieces of wood are noggins, to which the dagger boards are attached.
The team was up there all day today. While it was slightly cooler than say Monday, the sun still came out, and a lot of drinks were consumed. Amazing that some of the gang wore overalls!
This is the last rivet that went in today, on the southern end of the run of fascia boards. They are all secure now.
A trial piece of corrugated iron has been laid in place.
To save money, the sheets were bought thinner than they used to be.
Further drilling of rivet holes is still required, although more than half have already been done. Tomorrow is a drilling day, and Thursday we hope to get another riveting day in (if you see what we mean!)
While travelling to Broadway, we paused briefly to admire a blue field of flowering flax at Laverton. Would a train come by?
You might remember this picture, posted on the Flickr site that you can click on, on the right of the page.
The track was laid very roughly, and to make it useable, it was all taken up again, and then relaid in CWR.
This is what you could see if you had walked south from Broadway. Some bumpy track that peters out in the middle of nowhere. Haven't we come along way? This was 2012.
The train now purrs along here, people have remarked to us how smooth it is. Well done the PWay gang, it's a professional job.
Pretty much the same spot, also seen during a trackbed walk in 2012.
If you contributed to our share issue, pat yourself on the back. Go on. You helped make it possible.
The weather forecast for tomorrow looks cooler, good news for the track gang laying the extension. They've just had 320 concrete sleepers delivered.