A quickie today, tweaking the track, ready for an afternoon ballast drop.
After lunch the class 73 arrived, and it was back to the railhead. The supply train was propelled up the newly laid extension, dings and all, as far as it would go, to liberate this stretch for the ballast drop.
There's a quick pow-wow - where to stop, which brakes are on, which wagon do we drop first.
John came down on the loco, and is here seen in charge of one of the wagons.
On the command, he opens the shute, and within a few yards the whole load has fallen through the middle and into the 4 foot. It doesn't take very long.
As the train slowly proceeds, the next wagon's doors are opened, and the next. You're like a monkey up there, on, wrench the wheel, off, on to the next, quick quick.
Neil follows on in the class 73, keeping the pace as steady as possible, with the plough screeching away just in front and generating large clouds of grey dust.
We're almost at Peasebrook Farm now, the white boards mark the railhead as of this morning. Maybe another 200yds to go.The rail for it is in the second wagon.
The gearbox of the tamper has been successfully removed, and we are hopeful of resuming tamping next week - fingers crossed!