There were 3 activities:
- Clipping up the 20 rails laid on Wednesday,
- Laying more rails to the end of the sleepers laid out the previous Saturday, and
- Laying the remaining 84 sleepers on the bogie flats.
The clipping up gang is busy in the distance, while behind them you can just make out the JCB, bringing up a second rail. We put them in in pairs; this is logistically better, as we have to coordinate occupation of the LH trackbed with the movements of the Telehandler, which is also running up and down with sleepers from afar.
The idea is that Alan reaches the railing activity, just about when they have finished lifting the two they fetched. The JCB then proceeds to the end of the sleepers, to let Alan through.
Alan is emptying the last 84 sleepers off the bogie flats, and is bringing them up to the Childswickham Road bridge, where they are being stacked for use later in the day - the job of the rail laying gang, when they have finished.
Then that gang moved on to the bridge.
Meanwhile, the clipper uppers continued far away. That was today's hottest job. They achieved 6 or 7 panels - at the end you are so tired, that you don't care about the exact number any more. Nobody could remember, it was a haze.
Beyond is the Childswickham road, and on the right the site of the former Titchmarsh and Hunt corn merchants, which suffered a bad fire in 1939. You can read about that here:
How interesting that the fire was first noticed by an engine driver. Also, that this spot is near the throat of the Broadway goods yard, which was down a steep slope. Was there a connection, we wonder?
In the distance is the railhead, now fully railed up. Work has paused, as people find their kit to go and find a shady spot for lunch. But there isn't any shade.
Well, we did find some, by looking in the other direction.
Our neighbours are making full use of the land we sold to them; some of the motor homes were parked only 6ins from the fence.
We laid the remaining concretes heading south again. A largish gap still remains, before we can join up with the rail head. Calculations today found that another 260 sleepers will see us fill the gap, and advance 100m over the bridge to a new unloading area. When this is reached, we can stop having to drive for 3/4 mile to get sleepers and rail, we'll be able to bring the supply train up, as the Broadway embankment (the bit we own) is three tracks wide, which gives plenty of room for storage and unloading. That will enable us to bring sleepers to Broadway north, from this point onwards.
Alan brought them up in the Telehandler, and stacked them in our new storage and handling area.
This is us taking the first few steps on the Broadway embankment!
Once they had been attached to the lifting beam, the hardwood sleepers were lifted into position on the bridge.
To go any further, we need to clear the hedge line, and get a small supply of fresh ballast for the 100m that we will go beyond.
As you can see, the hedge line on the right needs some serious cutting back, before we can continue laying track.
In the distance is the Broadway footbridge. We could see heads bobbing about on the scaffolding around the canopy. Soon we will meet.
|Looking south from the Landie|
|Looking north from the Landie|
Finally, an appeal to the blog followers. We have a couple of original recordings of trains passing through Broadway, and would like to put them on the blog. To do this, the original mp3 files need to be converted to .wmv format (a movie format, which allows them to be posted on YouTube)
Is there anyone who has the software to do this? The files are only about 1Mb each. You can contact the blogger at breva2011 (at) hotmail.co.uk.
Thanks for your help. If we're in luck, we can listen to a 9F clanking past the goods shed in 1966.