More dagger boards on Friday, but we are making progress and it is starting to show.
The manufacturing was a bit intermittent. The day was showery, so he was in and out of the container.
Opposite, on P2 more T&G boards were being primered, and here again rain would stop play and everything had to be hastily carried back into the container there.
Neal was busy preparing and fitting the cross members on the P1 steps. They need an angle sawn into them, so that the downward slope of the roof of the steps can rest on them.
All the dagger boards on the P1 steps are now fitted, and most have had a coat of undercoat too. Along the top of the dagger boards, just under the corrugated iron sheets, runs a wide moulding and we are currently contacting a supplier to have this specially made.
Last week we came across an interesting echo from the early days of the GWSR:
|Picture by John Lees|
We are still posting track laying pictures to it, and have now reached the year 2000, when Cheltenham Race Course was reached. The most recently posted pictures can be seen here:
Saturday out along the track
|What's your weapon of choice then?|
A good crew of 13 today, and only 10 doughnuts! They were the last two packets in the shop, which made us a bit suspicious of exactly how old they were.
But they were still doughnuts, so we ate them.
Today's mission was the elimination of several dips at Far Stanley.
We're working with temporary speed restrictions here (TSRs) and the blue Landie has just stopped to put one of the boards up.
We were a two part team, with the blue Landie crew digging out the sleepers around the dropped joint, and the white one following with the Kango hammers and two 'shovellers' who closed the sleepers up again.
Ade and Steve were on the Kangos today. You can see that the track has concrete bullhead sleepers, an upgrade from bullhead on wooden sleepers nearer Toddington, but not as good as FB rail on concrete sleepers, nearer the southern end of the railway, and on the Broadway extension. The quality of the track improved, the further south we laid it.
David and Andy have taken a turn on the Kangos, which are quite taxing.
We moved on down the line, towards Gretton, as there were several dips.
Up ahead the blue Landie team are moving to the next site, which they will dig out ready for the Kangos.
This is an occupation bridge, a full sized brick built structure which today sees very little use, its original function of linking two fields having long ceased to serve. Today only a barely used footpath is in evidence below.
The last set of dips was right here, just in front of the bridge abutments.
By observing the carriage bogie wheels when a train passed, we could also see the behaviour of the suspect area. Here we noticed that the rail was rising and falling, together with its cast iron chair on top of the concrete sleeper. The chair is therefore loose.
While Ade levers the sleeper up, Steve gets ready to apply the impact wrench to the two bolts that hold down the floating chair. These were successfully secured, and then packed by David, who can be seen waiting, Kango in hand.
Not before we let our heaviest locomotive try out the bits we just packed. That seemed to go OK. Not finding the speed limit boards that we had just recovered, the driver leaned out to ask if the TSR was still there. No it wasn't, we don't hang around here. We want to keep our track in tip top condition.