Another gloomy day today, with mist to start with, so much so that you could not see the destination with a dumper full of ballast. Just follow the trackbed then, that will get us there.
Two things influenced our activity today:
The puncture on the 6T dumper, seen here with a completely flat tyre. We were down to one dumper all of the day.
The tyre people came to have a look, but decided the damage was so great a new tyre was needed. That will happen tomorrow at the earliest.
This is the sort of reinforcement steel that caused the problem. It sits under the surface, with a sneaky bit sticking out which slashes the tyre. As everything is brown it's virtually impossible to see.
The second thing that influenced us was the ballast deliveries.
Six loads had been ordered, and at the start of the day one was already there, with a second load just being dropped.
Very cheering, that. Now we can get on with things.
It's all go here!
Unfortunately the third lorry was also the last one. Some problem with the crusher, we heard.
More deliveries have been ordered for Tuesday and Wednesday.
With only 60T of ballast delivered, but only one operational dumper, one problem sort of solved the other. It meant that up to lunch time we could ferry new material out to the coal face until the stock was exhausted. After lunch, we could level the piles taken down last week.
The fencing material is for the field below on the left, and the gate is for bridge 4 at Peasebrook Farm. There's more to a track extension than just laying sleepers and rails; we also have to meet our responsibilities towards our neighbours. This is mostly drainage and fencing.
After 7 trips down to the coal face the 60 tons were all used up.
Here is Adam filling the dumper one last time (today).
The excess is scooped off and into the 9T dumper, whose bucket is the same width as the JCB's, so that's very handy for filling.
It is then reversed up that track and re-dumped at the northern end, extending this further even though we've run out at the level of the stockpile.
The previous picture was taken with a zoom, which makes the goods shed look really close.
This picture was taken with a wide angle, which makes the stretch of ballast already dropped look almost infinite.
All this bit still has to be levelled off by Stevie on the JCB. We did about 150 yds of it today.
All in all, we have done about 300 yds of ballast so far. The good news is that with every trip fom the stockpile, that is now 300 yards less that we have to travel, so gradually work will accelerate.
For a change from lots of pictures of gloom, mist and ballast, here's a historical picture of a freight train passing the Broadway goods shed:
The loco 90166 is a WD, built in 1943 as WD 7182 and scrapped in May 1965 after a fair career of 22 years, with a last shed of 36C Scunthorpe Frodingham.