Sleeper stacking last week allowed the train to be refilled on Monday, which allowed it to be taken out ot the railhead again, which allowed us to start sorting out sleepers again. Things are moving fast.
Today a gang went to Skew Bridge to sort even more sleepers, the stock having diminished since Monday by 360. Those jumbled piles are now shrinking like ice under the sun.
The rest of the gang went out on the extension. Some accompanied the Haigh Rail welders who were back, and some went to clip up the next anchor point for the CWR.
This was then pushed bumpety-bump past the 4 welding vans and up to near Pry Lane. Tongues were hanging out when the wheelbarrow, laden with heavy Pandrol clips, finally made it to the gang half a mile away.
Next: go back and get the heavy jacks. Oh no !
In the end we fully clipped up 4 out of the 5 required anchor point lengths. That's 208 pads inserted under rail that needs jacking up, and 416 Pandrols pulled into reluctant sleepers. One more length to go now.
Towards the end of the afternoon Haigh Rail had achieved their objective of 24 welds, and came in their vans for us to sign off the work. We were very happy with them.
Without the zoom lens effect, the track looks incredibly long as it stretches past Peasbrook Farm into the distance towards Broadway.
When you walk it, the track laid seems to go on for ever. Up to the new anchor point / breather, we will have laid 3km of track from the old Laverton loop, all in CWR, and we are still several hundred yards short of Broadway, have to go through it in double track, and back out the other side into a new headshunt. Last mile, hah !
By the time we arrive there, the soil nailing is likely to be completed, so they will not be in our way.
The sleeper stacking gang at Skew Bridge have returned victorious, with another 148 sleepers sorted, making 180 on site, exactly half a train full. One more good day here should see the site ready for the next train load.
Here are some pictures they took:
The number of sleeper piles remaining has been reduced to just two, with a remainder of one in the middle.