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Saturday 16 December

Track Pack - February 2016

March Working Weekend - Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th

It’s that time of year again and the fishplates along the line are due for their annual dose of inspection and lubrication. In a slight change to last year the plan is to start between Bridge One and Callaways Crossing . As you may know the “second half” of the Swanpond section was the subject of the rerailing exercise in January and the associated fishplates towards Smallbrook were lubricated as the track was reassembled. This should avoid a long push with the equipment just after the job has started.

The section from Smallbrook to Bridge One can be attended to at a later date. With the best of endeavour, it should be possible to get to Rowlands Lane Bridge by the end of Saturday.
Sunday should see the usual fare of the remaining section to Wootton, with a turn round the loop on arrival. This year’s password is 'Red Spot'.

Hope to see you all at the usual time at the P.Way Depot, 8.30am both days

What's Been Going On?

A small but adequate gang gathered at Havenstreet on the Saturday morning of the February Working Weekend to take the short trip to Woodhouse crossing. Here a selection of prepared rails were waiting to be exchanged for those in the short section from Woodhouse to the next underbridge.
The existing rails were de-keyed, unfished and then removed from the chairs using a couple of jacks, the two short closures at each end of the section naturally proving easier than the 45 foot lengths.

Good progress with the Iron Men saw the replacement 55 foot long rails, four per side, in place and keyed up by mid afternoon. The final couple of hours being used to first crop off the end of the adjacent in place rail at the Woodhouse end, before cutting a pair of closures to fill up the gaps. In the end, the closures worked out at almost 55 foot too.

A smaller gang on Sunday split into two pairs. Team 1 used the day to drill out the rail ends so the fishplates could be fitted . Happily a bit of prior preparation meant the only lift plates required were at the two ends where the rails met the existing track.

Team 2 used the Iron Men to transport the redundant released rail to a temporary home at the Wootton end of Havenstreet Down Loop.

Many thanks to everyone for all their hard work over the weekend.

What Else Has Been Going On?

Since the last episode our efforts have mostly revolved around putting together the new arrangements for the Wootton Single Line signalling.

The most noticeable feature is the erection of the post for the new Down Advanced Starting Signal on Wednesday the 17th. The Up Outer Home has made good progress and is almost complete. The internal wiring in the Signalbox is ready to be connected to the outside world. The major outstanding item is the repositioning of the treadle for the 'Up Train Approaching' enunciator.

A day was spent at Wootton dismantling the lever frame in the Ground Frame building ready for it to be relocated on its new base.

A big blow in the middle of the month brought down a large Ash tree on the Wootton edge of Briddlesford woods. This had to be cleared fairly urgently to allow a Works train to visit Wootton later on in the week.

With the growing season still to get properly under way, the Friday Gang have occupied themselves with some lineside debris recovery, disposing of the piles of assorted brash and gathering the larger logs into one or two locations ready for later collection. 

All the best
Ian, Phil and Pete. 





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