One group carried on with sleeper stacking at Gotherington (amount not known as we go to press, but they should have been able to complete the next train load of 320 now)
The other set off for Laverton south.
At Laverton south there is the crossing for a bridle way which needed to be reinstated.
First, dig out your crossing.
Then, summon your friendly JCB driver, to get him to lift in the parts. They are heavy.
These rubber pads look simple to lay, but actually they are 'handed' and a bit of a puzzle to get right. They also interlock.
The jogger jogged off, and Steve took the opportunity to push the ballast together. This locks the pads to the rail, and makes a trackway leading up to them.
Our estates manager can be seen in the background, edging nearer and nearer in his car.
Steve had hardly finished, when he decided to become the second user of the crossing, which was not quite what we had in mind. Oh well. The crossing does make a handy place where vehicles can change sides from one side of the line to the other.
At this point the track walker called in to report a broken fish plate, which had to be attended to immediately, as there were trains running. At the same time, we are trying to build an extension. Such is life.
We hopped back to nearby Toddington for a picnic lunch, our usual maitre d' not being available on this Easter Saturday.
After lunch, we set off for Little Buckland to brush off the southern 500m of the next section to be stressed. The passage of the ballast regulator had left these rows of stones on top of the clips, which needed to be cleaned off before we lift the rail on to the rollers for the stressing.
Here's the gang brushing the 4 sides of the rails at the south end of the curve leading to Little Buckland. This area was also the northern anchor point of the first length to be stressed.
As we arrived at the pulling point near the bridge, we stopped for a well deserved rest.
Inspection of the second half of the next section revealed that it needed more ballast before it could be successfully stressed. We intend to do this next Saturday, if the Dogfish can be reloaded in the interim.
Because of your blogger's almost continuous attendance ballasting for the best part of a fortnight recently, Mrs. Blogger has extracted a week's holiday in Cornwall in return. So please be patient for a week or so while we examine the flowers in the Eden Project, and perhaps, look over the fence at the Bodmin & Wenford.