Friday 12 October 2018
Draft 1 - the premature publication.
In other business:
A little known but interesting piece of repair work we are undertaking is to this cutting side just south of the Greet tunnel mouth.
Our cuttings often have a drainage ditch running along the top in parallel. A new ditch, dug post construction of the railway, met ours at right angles and at the point where the two ditches met the side was eroded away and the water began to run down the cutting side. This lubricated the clay and it began to slip.
Work has now started to repair the slip, and its cause.
This access road allowed construction machinery and material to be brought to the otherwise inaccessible site.
Each step is consolidated and waterproofed.
This is a view from the top, showing our line passing by beneath.
These scenes show how the railway is taking firm measures to protect our infrastructure, often at considerable expense.
Good progress is being made with the Broadway footbridge steps, sometimes as often as 4 days a week, with a small team of 2 or 3.
This one needs some extra holes drilled into it, so off it goes to the drilling area.
Here are some I did earlier.....
The fourth and last intermediate landing support has just been completed.
There are an awful lot of rivet holes at the top end of it, but at last they are all done.
On Friday we trolleyed the final one over to the area where we store the finished bits, and in the picture you can see Neal securing the collection with rope so that it can't fall over.
The stringer in the top picture is having its final holes drilled here by Neal.
These holes serve to attach the uprights for the roof. The stringer of course is angled but he upright is vertical, so there is a lot of calculating and checking with a protractor to make sure the roof support goes straight up when the stringer is in.
3850 almost certainly had a very rough shunt at its front end during its lifetime. This led to a front buffer beam out of true and stresses in the cylinder block which eventually turned to cracks. The good news is that the experience exists in house to correct all this.
Near the end of the day. Neal switched to the next job which was to attach gusset plates to the angles which will form the corrugated iron roof supports.
This is almost the last job on the fabrication side.
We reckon there is about another two days fabrication left to do here, then the parts are ready to be sent away for galvanising. Such is progress.
Just a little atmospheric shot of 2807 in the gloom, with as a soundtrack the storm we had banging and rattling the shed doors. That was a bit unsettling...
In the tender a volunteer is shovelling the coal up to the fall plate.
They are now ready to go on the platforms, although as it happens we are coming to the end of the running season and the demand for extra sitting space is much less now. The Broadway opening passenger boost is also calming down.
The extra benches will come in useful in the 2019 season though. Two more will be built; we are currently waiting for the supplier of the 6 extra early style scripted bench ends. The woodwork is already there, cut to size and painted.
Broadway's kitchen end modesty screen has been fitted now at last.
A short section on the end was recently fabricated and fitted by the Broadway gang, in this picture not yet fully painted. The posts also need to be painted in dark stone, being supporting elements - infill elements were always in light stone.
A proposal has been sent in to change the white sockets and switches in the booking office and cafe to something more period in style.