|Can I have - one keying hammer, two lifters, and equaliser and a jack please.|
Luckily (or perhaps not) the train was already partly loaded. They took the train to Broadway, opened the hoppers doors and - nothing happened. The ballast was one big frozen lump. Well, we sort of knew that, so we loaded up the empty Dogfish and used the ballast immediately. Got the job done, regardless of the weather.
We took one crew to Broadway to shovel some of that extra ballast into low spots and accompany the tamper, while the main gang went to Gotherington.
The 'drone' was out agin today, this time with operator Jonathan. It looks quite pleasant there, but it felt unbelievably cold, especially on the fingers, as warm gloves are not good working gloves for this sort of work.
|Have you got a certificate for using that hammer?|
First thing was just to polish off that clipping up job.
With the proper tools (the yellow sleeper lifter being wielded here, and the 'equaliser' to line up the sleepers the final few mm) the job went pretty quickly.
Peter has the lifter, Rick swings the keying hammer, while Dave - well, someone has to oversee the job, haven't they?
A bit further along, and look what happens to the colour when a snow cloud comes overhead. They were tipping in the ballast with the Telehandler, and spreading it around and under the sleepers by hand.
When a load of ballast has been tipped, the shovellers spring into action and spread it around, in particular under the sleepers, as the track has been lifted with the jacks to get more material underneath. The bed was a bit too thin for our liking (risk of hitting the bridge deck with the tamper tines if too thin).
The tamper will formally tamp this area tomorrow, then the bridge is fit for use again.
After lunch, a visit to Broadway to accompany the tamping crew and give them a lift back to their car at the end of the day.
Lovely sun here, as very slowly the regulator hove into sight and passed us by a in a great cloud of white dust.
Above again, the regulator slowly whirled its way along the new fence, heading for the former goods shed.
The coming of the railway back to Broadway figured this month in the Caravan Club magazine, and they are delighted. It will make their site even more popular.
Walking ahead of the regulator a bit, we found this area at the southern end of the platforms which yesterday received a bit more ballast. Of course in the middle is not where you want it, but rather along or just outside the rails.
After the slow passage of the regulator the same place looked like this in mid-afternoon.
Very neat, with plenty of ballast just where it should be.
You can see a big one in action on the KESR here:
That completed the tamper crew duties at Broadway. They have one more day's work to do for us (Gotherington for example), and the tamper unit will then depart for the next job on Friday.
It began to snow heavily.