Tuesday’s weather prospects weren’t looking good as dawn broke, however fortunately things picked up fairly quickly once the first barrowload of concrete was mixed. Firstly, the two remaining 3′ X 2.5′ slabs left from Saturday’s operations were laid. Then, the four remaining 4′ x 3′ edging slabs were moved on pipe rollers from the side of the signal box to the north end, where they too were positioned and concreted into line. The resulting gap between the two sections of edging then amounted to approximately 12 feet. This being the case we were able to summon the assistance of the JCB with its forks attachment, to load one 4′ X 3′ and two 3′ x 2.5′ slabs onto our P.way trolley and wheel them into position opposite where they were to be placed. Finally, having laid all the available whole slabs, all that was required was to measure the gap and cut a damaged slab to size and lay it. As it turned out, it was a brilliant days work, one which all those concerned can be proud of. Robin Pearson, WWCC
Today, even under the threat of gales associated with Atlantic Storm Barney, we managed a crew of seven to tackle the day’s operations. Chalky and Geoff set about excavating the ballast to let in the new troughing run under both sets of rails. The remainder of the crew set about some serious block and bricklaying.
In places from the position where the new ramp will start, we have now got seven courses of brickwork in place towards the south. This section is backed up with blocks to the same height. To give Colin a little break, other crew members have been involved with both brick and block laying. The next stage is to start the corbelling over the next four courses to the level where the platform edging slabs are ready to be installed.