......Paul's doughtnut pile?
..... a stretch of main line for a new turnout?
The answer may be all of them (just to cover our options).
The jobs for the gang today were:
a. Start work on the winter job, i.e. the construction of two turnouts at Toddington south, and
b. Further work at Broadway on the list of outstandings to be ticked off there.
The Landie would bring round materials.
Off went the brave little Landie to Winchcombe, to find a supply of junction fishplates, some 'E' clips (smaller) for the barrow crossings and some blue (reverse) clips, where normal Pandrols don't fit, eg proximity to a fishplate.
In the foreground is a crossing for the first turnout at Toddington, which was later loaded on to a Warflat ready for transport there.
The Toddington gang requested that we bring a Permaquip trolley with us. We dug one out of the lineside grass, broke it into two halves, and got Alan to bring it to the Landie for loading.
That didn't go so well - Landie too small, or Permaquip trolley too big. One of the two, anyway.
Option B was selected, which was to load both halves on to Alan's forks, so that he could drive up the trackbed to the site at Toddy south. How lucky we are to be a former double track line.
The headshunt on the right will have the second half of the new crossover, but is a bit low so will need to be raised, for which the wagons parked up there need to be moved. They carry, we ascertained, a class 37 engine, and another from a class 47. Big stuff, apparently an engine capacity of 220 Litres, as big as your garden rainwater butt.
|Can you do that bit over there?|
At Broadway, the gang was on the case already, ticking off the outstanding issues one by one. In the pictures they are drilling holes to screw down some base plates that were changed earlier. There was also more clipping up, finding the right clips that were not always available on the day the track was laid.
The plain line length had been completely stripped out, graded, and here Alan is getting a supply of timbers, which were being laid out to support the new turnout.
From above, you can get a good overview of the job in hand. The main line turnout will go in the gap just created, while the second turnout into the headshunt / yard access will go approximately where the trolley is parked on the right.
Here's how far they got just after lunch. This is the start of approximately 50 timbers, getting increasingly longer.
Lookijng north, you can see Alan in the Telehandler emerging from the storage area on the left, with the last of the plain timbers.
The longer ones were only recently delivered, and were still in the car park - they took rather longer to fetch, one by one.
At Broadway the gang stopped to hear the rivetting (ah-hum) tale of how and where the canopy overhang will be constructed. It's Neal's brainchild. It will be supported by a further arched purlin, as visible in the building itself, top right. There will be a double row of glazing, and a sponsor has offered to pay for the big hexagon shaped lamp that lit the covered circulating area here.
It really was a very riveting tale. Take a seat, why don't you?
Pete sits outside the gents' toilet, which has just received heritage style floor and wall tiles.
Then it was a diet of fishplates, one after another.
This one here's a temporary one. It's a complicated situation - a junction from worn flat bottomed rail on the left to new bullhead rail on the right, with different rates of wear, so the fishplates also have to achieve a lift from the worn one to the new one.
It's this junction plate that the Landie went to fetch from Winchcombe.
A junction place from old technology (bullhead) to new (flat bottomed) is quite common, but one from used modern FB to new old fashioned bullhead is never seen - rare as rocking horse droppings in fact, we were told.
The rare junction plate goes on.
The sad end of the story was though that the lift achieved by the fishplate was slightly too much, so it all had to come appart again, and the temporary plate was put back on.
To close, a happy new year from the Extension Blog to all our readers. May your year be as exciting as ours will be !