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Thursday 21 March

Track Pack - November 2017

December Working Weekend - Sunday 2nd & Saturday 3rd

All being well, the latest batch of new sleepers will be delivered this week. Not allowing the grass time to grow beneath them, the plan is to make a start on getting them into the track on Saturday. The area to receive attention will be the section heading towards Rowlands Lane from Havenstreet station.

Sunday will be spent at Wootton Station, continuing with the Ground Frame related works progressed last month.

Hope to see as many of you as can make it on both days at 8.30am by the P.Way Hut, or at Wootton on Sunday for those for whom it is more convenient.

What's Been Going On?

The usual pre-December break in Passenger Services allowed the November Working Weekend Saturday to be spent completing the other half of the joint respacing exercise carried out in the previous Autumn.

The sleeper respacing done while working on the South rail made the job much easier this time. As a result the group respacing the joints got to the vicinity of the Up Advanced Starter by dinnertime, even if the keys were still out as far as three quarters of the way to Rowlands.

After dinner, in the hut back at the yard, the final few joints were respaced before a concerted effort got the remaining keys replaced as well, enabling the packing up of tools to start at five to four. Despite everyone’s best efforts, there were three joints that couldn’t be replated due to sleeper issues so an Engineer’s Possession was put onto the section of track overnight.

Sunday was spent Wootton working, amongst other things, on the section of channel rodding associated with the new Ground Frame.
Wootton Ground Frame gets a clean up, the parts of this lever frame were originally in Shanklin Signal Box.
Transport problems meant a slightly late arrival on site, but everyone soon got down to work. Besides digging in a new crank bed for the rod compensator, the final five or six roller horses were also installed. The lever frame in the base of the Ground Frame was given a clean up to remove the accumulated old oil and grit, while another pair gave the branches overhanging the platform a prune back.
One eventful, and one not so eventful, visit by the telegraph pole project’s works train, conveniently located in the Wootton Section, enabled the digger arm aboard to be used to relocate the crank bed and horses. These had been stored beside the run-round loop, and using the machine enabled them to be moved in one piece to the new hole near the platform.
With everything coming to a natural pause by two-thirty, a trip back to Havenstreet was made. With a cup of tea aboard, work shifted to the Rowlands area to attend to the outstanding joints from Saturday.

Thanks to everyone for their help over the two days.

What Else Has Been Going On?

The pause of service trains has enabled a couple of biggish packing sessions to carried out with the BLH machine. This included attending to the dip through the Single Line point at Smallbrook station. A small adjustment was made to the rod run at the same time.

As a prelude to the Working Weekend some leaf clearance was carried out in the Rowlands area, still a bit more to do of this! The ditch and surrounding area at Long Arch Bridge was cleared and cut where necessary, hopefully easing the passage of any excess seasonal rainfall.

The Friday Gang are making good progress clearing lineside undergrowth on the Wootton Section, work having reached as far as Woodhouse Crossing. The customary arrival at Havenstreet for the festive season is on schedule. 

That’s the lot for now,

All the best,

Ian, Phil and Pete.

Join The Team

The Civil Engineering Department is responsible for all of the railway's  track, signalling equipment and lineside fencing - It's all healthy outdoor work!

Monthly working parties are organised to tackle important tasks requiring a large team, regular weekly gangs tackle lineside clearance, fencing renewals and many other maintenance tasks.  We also have our 'Friday Gang' who do a great job of keeping the lineside neat and tidy, it's Men In Sheds - but without the shed!

If you are interested in joining our team please contact the railway's Volunteer Coordinator for more details.





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