Work on the track progressed with clearing excess ballast off the "back five", the length of track that used to serve chicken sheds 1 to 5. A number of sleepers needing replacement were discovered, although the length had been relaid. Photos show that this was about 20 years ago using secondhand sleepers, so probably not too bad. Clearance then continued on towards the lake. A further batch of 20 new sleepers were cut ready for use.
Maintenance Day 29 October
A sunny day saw work continuing outside. The six sleepers part-installed a fortnight ago were packed and spiked and a seventh replaced. The old sleepers were transported to the bonfire site ready for November 5th.
With a strong cold wind blowing, the opportunity was taken to retreat indoors and continue refurbishing the man-rider wagon from Chesterfield Sewage Works. Cleaning of the steelwork was finished and, by the end of the day, a first coat of black paint had been applied.
Following the last party visit for the year on 14th October, a start was made on further resleepering work on the main line. Six old sleepers were replaced, just needing packing and spiking next time. We have identified around a further 15 that will require replacing this winter.