A quick survey of the extension finds much work in progress since the last report a week ago.
First of all, the track:
With this point reached, we have run out of new rail to use, and need to buy more. There is still the rest of the loop through line, the northern turnout, and several hundred yards of headshunt to replace, before we can start on more of the actual new track laying beyond bridge 5.
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The picture shows a new welded joint in the foreground. The location is near the site of the former southern turnout
The welding took place in blocks, leaving other welds still to do in the middle, so the team will be back for these, and more.
The PWay train has been pushed up and down a bit and here it is on the old Laverton northern headshunt.
This roughly laid bit of track (say 300yds) needs relaying in better quality rail, until it joins up with the start of the extension proper, which you can identify with the lighter patch of ballast in the far distance.
This bogie flat is also empty of new rail...... there's really none left now!
Then, on to the works being carried out by the contractor. We left him at Bridge 5 last week (Little Buckland). The centre of activity has now moved on to the two culverts north of Peasebrook Farm, but at Little Buckland the brick layers were still at work. The Malvern side headwall has been done, and here they are finishing off the Cotswolds side.
- The current end of the new ballast bed at bridge 4
- The curve towards Broadway, with the red brick goods shed visible
- A hint of yellow, centre left, which locates the 360 digger working on the next culvert.
- A sleeper built PWay hut, in very poor condition, and a tank at the sewage farm at Pry Lane (bridge 3)
Here is the yellow 360 digger, showing where the contractor is now working. The embankment is very high at this point, and it's another case of a culvert that needs the end rebuilding due to damage from above.
The other side (Cotswolds) also needs doing, part of this contract.
A new pipe has been laid at the end of the culvert; beyond the ring it empties into a ditch in the field, identifiable by the irregularity in the grass.
Our contractors will be on site for about 8 weeks in total, so there are still several more jobs to do. One of these is the Malvern side of another culvert nearby, which has been enveloped by a tree (since reduced to a stump, but the roots are still down there.) This is quite a big one, with a brick built arch over a fast running stream.
More news in a week.
Finally, here are 2 videos you might enjoy:
A Broadway 'Last Mile' promotional video, made by a member of the PWay gang:
35006 P&O on a train with 14 on:
It's been a 33 year wait, but worth it. What a magnificent job they did with this former Barry tenderless wreck.