Friday at Toddington
A last minute breakthrough in negotiations meant that the green light was given to make the transport of the footbridge steps to Broadway possible - this Saturday!
Gulp! And the last we heard was that everything was delayed to March, but great news.
We still needed to do some last minute riveting. Fine, we have Friday for that. But then we discovered that the oxygen had run out. Luckily we managed to get an urgent delivery, so we were on for riveting on Friday.
Here is one of the bolted up intermediate landing supports being manoeuvered into the loco shed.
Friday morning, all present and correct, but no gas yet.
Neal takes the opportunity to cut 30 rivets down to size.
The gas arrived at lunch time, so after a quick snack we were off.
Here is a white hot rivet about to be hammered into shape.
The routine was to undo one of the temporary bolts, ream out the hole (which had shifted a bit, or grown smaller with the zinc coating), then chase a rivet into it. Job done! Very satisfying too.
Mid afternoon the first of the two supports was done, and here we are manoeuvering it back out of the shed.
It went a bit quicker than on the way in, we worked out how to do it by then.
There is more riveting still to do, and more to take to Broadway, but what we did today was the largest and most important part.
When will they be installed? Watch this space!
Saturday on the winter relay
A typical winter's day, wet, windy, but there was a good attendance as we had a job to do. ' I come here because of the job satisfaction, and a sense of achievement' as one volunteer commented during the day.
We started on the fifth panel, which although laid still needed the second end cut off, a job accomplished by Chris.
On Friday Stevie, working alone, laid another 4 pairs of rail into the four foot. He wasn't with us today, but left us this legacy. It enabled us to lay the rails straight in, just by rolling them with bars.
Stevie had also dug out some more old ballast, leaving this final stretch in the foreground. The contents of this we would like to use on the headshunt, behind the camera on the left, which has a sort of ski jump downwards and then carries on well below the level of the main running line.
We hope that the several spare diesel engines on well wagons will be shunted away tomorrow, so that next week we can break up the headshunt ready for better sleepers and a higher base.
|Pete on the left is either extremely pleased with something, or else someone has just dropped a chair on to his foot. Mike and Diana enjoy the joke.
|How many more minutes to lunch time?
The most forward planning team was that of Mike and Pete, who managed to stop drilling for lunch right in front of the mess coach door.
Chapeau, chaps ! It shows a thinking mind.
The sleeper laying team went great guns. After unloading two one ton packets off the trolley, a change in the method was tried and this time the packet was brought with the Telehandler, and unloaded even nearer to the job. Good idea, that one.
On the right is Alan with the Telehandler, while David and Tim unload the sleepers and Diana repositions the gauge each time.
|Do they know what they are doing? Nah... What about him? Nah.... Him then? Nah. Any of them? Nah....
We ended the day having laid the 11th pair of rails, out of the original 20.
On the way back to the car we spotted this skip by the loco shed: