Camera coverage was mostly with this gang, which was working at Broadway north to resleeper the buffer stop we placed there.
This being only a buffer stop (and, we hope, a temporary one) we used some of the better second hand sleepers that came out of last winter's relay at Winchcombe. Eight were loaded on to the red Transit, and were unloaded at the end of the line, literally. Our property ceases at the fence in the background, then the empty trackbed, owned by another, carries on to Honeybourne.
Our solution to the seized nuts was to cut them in half, then knock them off with a hammer. Crude, but effective, if a little tedious.
Note the GWR chair, from 1946.
Once the nut is off, you are not home yet, as the bolt is then stuck in the sleeper. To get this out you use a (SR!) type chair screw and try to hammer it through.
There were few volunteers for holding the screw while Paul swings the keying hammer at it, so he had to both hold the screw, and wield the hammer.
Finally, when the sleeper is in its intended place, it can be drilled to accept the new chair screws, which are screwed in from above.
Trying to start the nut runner resulted in a snapped pull cord, and for extra enjoyment the drill bit got stuck, and then detached itself from the drill. All part of the fun.
|Hallo, Dave? Dave ? Is that you?
To start with, Rick was on his own at the buffer stop, no sign of sleepers or the rest of the crew, led by PWay section leader Dave.
Solution : Call Dave on the mobile and ask where he is.
Rummage in pocket for mobile. Discover that it is switched off, explaining the perplexing lack of inward calls.
Rummage for reading glasses. Reading glasses have only one lens, but still work.
Find Dave in the list of names, scroll down, scroll down, ah: Dave!
Dial Dave. Dave answers. A reasonably long telephone conversation ensues, in which he is asked for his whereabouts, when is he getting here, will he have the kit with him.
It takes Rick several minutes to realise that the apparent puzzlement at the other end is caused by the fact that he has dialled Dave the retired schoolteacher, and not Dave the PWay section head!
The other job that still needs doing is that it needs plating up to the running line.
Here we have a clash of cultures, where second hand flat bottom rail meets bullhead section buffer stop. We think the latter may even by a lightweight 75lbs / yard, instead of the usual 95lbs, so will we be able to source some transition fishplates for that? It's a very unusual combination.
A loaded ballast train is ready to be dropped, once the track alignment is +/- satisfactory (the tamper will fine tune it)
They day was brooding, with heavy clouds and occasional heavy downpours, just as forecast (unfortunately).
In this section of track with alternating welds and fishplates (120 foot sections) the fish plates are on, and here one of the Haigh Rail crews is heating the first weld of the day, with the familiar 'Vee' of flames shooting out of the top of the moulds.
The second of the two gangs was located nearer to the Childswickham Road bridge, and is seen here attaching the moulds to the next gap to be welded.
The goods shed and Broadway footbridge can be seen in the distance.
Pete Hooper, an avid reader of the blog, and user of the Caravan Club site, has sent in some photographs of the former Broadway goods shed, in its new life as a shower block for the club.
The BROADWAY totem in the background is a replica fantasy of course, as our line didn't have these totems, but it does somehow look the part.