One went south to Winchcombe, to prepare for the delivery of hardwood sleepers next week.
The other half went north to Broadway, to continue laying plain track away from the two turnouts.
First thing to do was to give the thristy Landie a cocktail drink of invigorating hydraulic oil.
Sadly, it didn't invigorate very much, because the clutch problem remained. Possibly a new cylinder is required?
The splitting of the gang brought an anxious moment for us - which way would Mr. B's cakes go? Nigel seemed to have gone south, and the northern gang was getting edgy with withdrawal symptoms.
All this will change next week, as a large supply of both new hardwood, and second hand concretes has been ordered for the platform roads, and will be delivered early next week. Bullhead rail is also due for the through road between the platforms.
We laid out 26 of the concretes, and Steve was soon lifting in the first of the rails.
The second followed soon behind. So doing the track has now reached the level of the starter signals.
Steve then fetched two more rails, destined for the through road, which is trying to catch up with the advancing loop line.
Here he has dragged them as far as he can, and has turned the JCB round so that the back acter faces south, and the rails can be pulled further up from behind.
Then along came lunch time. Where to sit now? Idea: Let's sit in the Broadway cabin, quick, before they get here!
|A glum Peter Q is surrounded by boisterous PWayers.|
Having laid in the first pair of rails, it was time to link them to the end of the turnout with a set of fish plates. Everything was already fitted with holes, so they went on PDQ.
Here Ivor is barring them this way and that, in order to get a nice straight length so that we can drop in the rails that Steve brought down earlier (on the right here).
In goes the first of the two lengths, again using a pivot in the centre, with which we managed to lift in the rail from the far end. Very clever.
The second rail followed immediately afterwards, again using the pivot point in the centre.
We now have some double track leading away from the two turnouts here.
This is the view south, showing the two lengths we put in today. We didn't do any more than that, because we had only half a gang, and because we ran out of available sleepers at Broadway to use.
A couple of extra shots from the platforms:
|From the left.|
|From the right.|
We then tidied up the tools, and before leaving, rescued the trolley which some idiot (ahum) managed to derail on the crossing.
Luckily it emerged that it derailed because the check rails weren't in yet, not because of incompetence (this time).
To close off, a quick look at the supply train stabled just below the Childswickham Road bridge.
This bogie flat was loaded on Thursday with the 14 pairs of second hand bullhead rail that we sorted out at Stanton.
We only need 13 pairs to get through the platforms, and the 14th is there to cover for all the ends that we will be cutting off, to make sure that the remaining rail is nice and straight.
We're going to have the through road in new bullhead, and the loop in second hand. It saves on costs, and the money saved enables us to carry on with some other vital ongoing investments recently outlined on the Boardroom blog. All very exciting, isn't it?
That part of the scaffolding that rests on the trackbed is going to be removed on Thursday next week. This will, finally, give the PWay dept the complete possession it needs to lay the track through the platforms. It's all coming together!