Here's a snapshot of John on the 6 tonner, about to proceed empty down the steep slope to the ballast loading area. Can you see him?
You have to know your machine to get up there and make it through the gates in one go with a full load. We haven't hit them yet !
That PWay hut has had some attention, in a positive way, with a start made on dismanteling it. One side has been taken down and stacked behind it.
The sleepers are all rotten at the bottom. Presumably the idea is to conserve them for pattern purposes, then start anew with good quality second hand sleepers eg from the Winchcombe relay that is about to start. Nice to see someone cares for the old thing.
At the coal face the ballast pile on Terram is lengthening, albeit slowly.
At the end of the day we had done 16 trips each, equivalent to about 30 road miles except that this is no road. At 15 tons per trip between us, we moved 240 tons of ballast today. We are gradually leaving behind the trees that mark Peasebrook Farm on the left.
The row looks quite long now, doesn't it !
In fact we know the precise distance, because we used up exactly one roll of Terram today, which is 100m long.
So a day's dumping by two people gets you 100 meters. Oh well, with patience we will get there. After all, the distance to run is getting shorter all the time, so we will speed up gradually.
We're good at this now ! It's very enjoyable to use your skills for the railway.
Here's John arriving and bouncing over the new roll of Terram that was dragged to the spot as the light began to fade.
Here you can see the rivets being heated up on the right, with a fascia board being worked on on the left. The gigantic 'G clamp' of a riveter hovers overhead under an A frame.