Today it was back to the front, building a turnout in the middle of running trains. Yes, the running season has started again, and we are in the thick of it at Toddington. But first to find that mess coach, where is it this time?
There were a number of odd jobs to do - as usual - and one of these was to adjust these insultated fishplates fitted on Wednesday, so that they sat properly.
It was quickly done with the 'animal'.
After further perusal of the diagram, it was decided the crossing part of the turnout needed to be moved north a bit.
Steve got his chains on the end and pulled. A jack in the middle made sure that the sleepers didn't get pulled along with it.
At the other end of the crossing were Mike and Nigel.
'another 2 inches'
'Two' - Whoa ! We got 4 inches.
Not to worry, it was easier and more accurate to push back with Stevie's front bucket.
Don't all shout at once...
To make room for the timbers, the switch had to be moved out of the way a bit. Again a job for Steve in the JCB, he's really indispensable for this sort of work.
As by an unspoken word, at 12.20 the group suddenly turns round and walks back to the mess coach, not far away in the loco yard.
The signal is 'off' for the next passenger train.
After lunch we wandered back through the loco yard, where we found 35006 in steam, being replenished from the water tower. A guided tour stood in the yard and admired.
What was P&O up to though?
We now laid out the timbers for the switches at the Toddington end, and then Alan in the Telehandler droppeed in the first switch.
Watching this with great interest are David and Diana, two new recruits in Australian hats.
Alan then brought in the second switch, making this turnout that bit more complete.
The new timbers had to be fitted with Pan 11 base plates, for which we had a vast supply in a box off camera.
Diana mentioned that she enjoyed a little weight lifting, so how about these? Just a measely 20Kg each though, the heavy ones are 60 Kg each and, as we saw today, that takes two of us.
She chugs past us, as we drop tools to admire the scene.
The angry sky makes a colourful backdrop to the steam from the chimney.
In the foreground you can see where the two switches are going to be attached to the running rail leading to the loco yard.
On the left, the second turnout is taking shape, and you can start to see where everything is going to go.