Thursday, 14 May 2009

Shottle supplement - day 4

Evenin' all,

Quite a good turnout today, in both senses. A strong Per way presence
with a little help meant that the first task was to layout the crossing
timbers for Shottle South, a few anxious moments when the ironwork was
craned into place, with the Komatsu working at maximum reach for the
heaviest bits, but all was achieved safely. The last full panel was
built up.

Lunch arrived in the nick of time, a sumptuous buffet provided to say
thank you to our many helpers this week. It was delivered by a Balfour
leveling Ballast Regulator, and was accompanied by some of the other
customers using our Testing facilities - it also showed the
professionals, what goes on behind the scenes.

After lunch, a start was made screwing down the pointwork, slewing the
track to its correct alignment, and continued spiking of the plain
line. This just leaves 2 x 30' closure rails to be installed, and more
spiking and screwing, also a little packing. We have vehicles for
testing next week

The mini digger has started leveling out the uplifted spoil and making
a solid base for the loop.

Off now for a bit of a nap!

Phil


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