First thing at Broadway was to find an odd length of rail, about 50ft long, to cut in half and to use the two halves to equip the Malvern side track up to the end of the barrow crossing.
I wonder if this rail would do? Stevie checks the wear on it with the replacement gauge, the original having vanished from inside the Landie. Mysterious.
Next we dragged the rail up to the northern end of the platforms, where it was cut in half.
Lots of white bags of clips are scattered about, we have quite a bit of rail to lay and clip up here.
One of the halves was then lifted in, followed by the other here. A 25ft length is much easier to get in than a standard 60ft one, so Steve was able to just drop it in in one go.
We're looking at the site of the barrow crossing here, on top of the Jarrah sleepers with the shallow Pan 11 base plates.
Over to you then, Bert Ferrule, to cut off the odd lengths of the 4 rails. Everyone else has retreated off camera, although there are in fact just the 6 of us up here today to lay the track. It's a small team, lots to do still.
|Sleepers? What sleepers?|
Then it was time to start laying the first lengths of bullhead, in between the platforms. We will start with the up platform, where second hand rail will be used.
Steve has brought up a load of the sleepers chaired up at Winchcombe, and has paused for a chat with Bert. How are we going to do this then?
The two S/H bullhead rails Steve had in tow from Childswickham are positioned in the 6 foot, and the method chosen to place the chaired up Jarrah sleepers was - manual. Argh !!! They are so heavy.
Steve offers them up in fours on the wobbly forks and we then push them off either with bars, or as here with the nips. In the end the bars were friendlier on the back. Two bits of wood cut to length are used as spacers, after some headscratching as to the length of this space.
Broadway gang members had a grandstand view up on the platform they built, and often came and stared at us.
After spending some time on cutting rails for the barrow crossing, and getting the first length in, things went a bit faster and Steve plied us liberally with shuttles of sleepers to lay.
We were soon past the first of the 8 catch pits, but of course this is double track, so we need to come back and lay the other side as well.
That will be in new rail.
Here's the second pair of rails going in. It's after lunch now, we've had Mrs. B's cakes, are things a bit more sluggish now?
The unsung hero of the day was Leigh again, who really gets his teeth into fitting the fishplates. This means drilling the holes often as not, and then working out what he needs. The choice of fishplates is surprisingly large, and he also had to remove some fitted earlier to be replaced with better examples. Once he's located the correct model, it is hammered home with the impact wrench as seen here.
Next week we will be ballasting again between the platforms, and remodeling some of the embankment by the station road bridge. There's always something to do.