We met in the mess coach at Toddington, where there was a large contingent waiting for tea, some with idle hands.
It seems that this steam locomotive - could it be Foremarke Hall - is about to fall into a void of ballast in the track. But then out again, on the other side, we read into this.
Clive held forth - he's good at this, holding forth - about the Gotherington job of relaying the track across the bridge, for which we got the green light a week early. An opportunity then to make up some time. The trouble was, Clive was due to accompany the tamper crew today, and next thing you know, some other mug sat in that juddering thing today - yours truly, again. Clive was off to Gotherington instead.
The first job was to measure by hand the height of the track vis a vis the platform edge, and determine which was the highest spot.
|How do you reckon this works then?|
A deserted platform at 11.05, tea time, as the tamper is lit by the light passing through the canopy glazing.
|The view from inside the cab of the straight road just tamped and aligned through the station.|
|Will it be finished on time then?|
After lunch the tamper measured up the headshunt stretch, and then returned to start work by the turnout.
The ballast gang have decided to start filling in voids here, having done the area of the southern tunout as far as it was possible. There's always time though to pose for the photographer.
But of course this isn't the only thing we did today, the main gang was working at Gotherington.
Last week we took a look at the bridge repair site, and took a few shots to give an idea of the job facing the gang today.
The contractors had almost finished the job, with just a bit more ballast to lay down on the bridge deck.
On each side you can see 4 rails representing the 2 panels taken out on each side. That would be the job for today.
Thanks to a local cub reporter Jonathan, we can show you pictures of the relay work today.
The vehicle road on the left has been finished, and sleeper laying has commenced on the down line on the right with bright orange hardwood sleepers.
The old sleepers are stacked on the left here, as Bob and Clive use the 'animal' on a set of bullhead chaired sleepers in the background, purpose unknown as in this area we have FB rails. Perhaps that is why they were doing it discreetly round the corner.
That's it for today, a job on two fronts and great progress on both.