On arrival at the yard, we noticed that our Telehandler was being used by the loco dept, but they let us have their small one.
Nigel ran up to Alan, wondering if the machine had shrunk. What is this that you've brought along?
Although the little machine could boom out, the safety soon cut in and in practice it couldn't handle the distance that we needed it to go, so we resorted to shoveling the ballast out of the bucket.
I say 'we' but your blogger finds himself with tennis elbow and can't use his right arm. Embarrassing, but it now needs rest, not shoveling. Duff jack carrying with the left arm works OK though.
Here the full bucket from the little machine is offered up, to be emptied by hand. The bearers laid into the check rail to stop it filling up weren't needed, as the machine couldn't tele out that far.
The levels are checked with a fairly precise instrument, here being employed by Tony to see what effect the jack on the right has had after being cranked up a few inches.
In the middle of this stretch there was a cant of 30mm, which we removed successfully.
Of course on certain sections you might want a degree of cant, and this is how you measure it.
Before jacking up the offending rail to the desired height - up to 30mm today - you need ballast in the cribs.
Here the little Telehandler, having part discharged his load in the foreground, is able to stretch a little further and the carefully placed boards finally work, to protect the switch blades from the stones.
Steve helps with ballast spreading with the back actor, as letting one man - in casu David - do it all is asking a bit much.
Beyond the STOP board is the short stretch of plain track we resleepered last week. This also received ballast today.
Today we were buzzed by a plane flown by Tim, a friend of David and Diana.
He's in a plane called an Aeronca Champion, or Champ.
We waved enthusiastically, and in return saw dives and tight turns round the field next to us.
Hi there !
David normally flies a Boeing Stearman, a biplane from the 1930s used as a trainer but now often seen in flying displays. This is his day job, believe it or not.
The other loco out was 2807 today. The warm sun really brought people out in droves, which is good news for our income.
Alan and Steve did shuttles with ballast from the car park, which was very full and some people parked too close to our ballast pile. We managed.
During the ballast spreading and shoveling exercise nearer the yard, some diesel loco shunting went on in between deliveries.
Here the shunter is waiting for us to level off a recently arrived pile, then we let him through. He had quite a train in tow, hauled by the class 73 stuck between the Peak, a canibalised class 20 and this class 26 up front.
|I said NO. You are not allowed on the new turnout yet. What part of STOP can't you understand?|
Here is a final overview of both turnouts at the end of the working day. Looking good !
A day spent at Broadway on Friday helping with a number of jobs. Following reports of cloudy cameras a volunteer (Dave) came out to effect a repair and reports that the issue is damp inside the lens. The lens in question was cleaned but the problem really needs to be cured by better weather. Perhaps we are now off to a good start, after, we read, the wettest March in 40 years.
The board originally said LADIES WAITING ROOM and we will drop the WAITING bit to turn it into LADIES ROOM, as on the door plate. This one will be a two sided board, suspended from a truss as there is no room to put V boards by the toilets, due to the long arch there in the new building.
The (part) heritage toilets seem much admired - a group of ladies came specially to see them, we heard - but there are a number of leaks in the copper pipework, which (we hope) were sorted out by a visit from a plumber on Friday.
The kitchen and part of the cafe ceiling have had plasterboard fitted by the BAG gang. Here is a view of the cafe, with a raised floor to allow the ceiling work to continue.
Money remains very tight at the moment, but enough has been found to allow a plasterer to come next week and skim the ceiling and walls.
|Old - and very new|
At the northern end a hole has been dug to take the foundations of the spearhead gate and cast iron posts that will lead to the canopy overhang due to go in on the right here.
The manufacture of the steelwork for the canopy overhang and steps is currently under discussion.