As we were without the Camlock for the first hour or so, we decided to drag up the rail and just lay it on top of the sleepers for a while.This would save time later.
We're at Pry Lane bridge here.
Finally the Camlock arrived, and we were able to commence actually putting the rails in their place.
All this is taking place on a bed of ballast on top of Terram, put there a few months back, and levelled out by Steve.
It is as level as a billiard table....
That being so, this is taking things a bit too far.
It's some billiard table chalk, found on site. Weird.
We laid track over Pry Lane bridge and continued northwards, trying to catch up on the 260 sleepers laid on Saturday.
In the end, we laid 10 panels, or 20 rails. That makes 260 sleepers exactly, so we have reset the counter here. However, there will be further sleeper laying on Saturday, when we will clear the last 84 off the wagon, so that the train can be taken down to Gotherington to be reloaded.
This shot is off the second rail wagon, showing the first one almost cleared. Those rails were on that from Monday to - Wednesday!
We don't hang about here.
The clipping team achieved 3 panels today, or 312 clips pushed in, with associated plastics and a lot of sleeper levering about to make it all fit.
Looking the other way, here is the second wagon, still with a full cargo of 21 rails.
Further along is the place where the welders stopped last time, and way back is the rest of the supply train, parked this side of the new stop block.
The welders are expected to return to us very shortly.
The way the rail in the left foreground hangs in the air is an indication of the sort of difficulties the clipping up team meets. All the sleepers have to be levered about, and many don't want to, as they have 2 tons of rail resting on them. It's slow work.
We still have approx 190 sleepers to lay into the gap in the distance, then we can lay the rail all the way to the Childwickham Road bridge. Although nothing has been decided yet, one interesting option is to push on over the bridge for a further 100 yds and then establish a new base where the embankment is at its widest. From there we could push on to the station. The soil nailing itself - site reinstatement still to come - was said to have been completed now.