Several jobs are currently underway. The S&T department continued with the yard pointwork, manufacturing a new fitting to connect with the lever in the box. Also the material was sourced for a number of new cranks that are required.
In the workshop, the John Deere Model B tractor is undergoing a refresh of some of the green paintwork.
The track gang have moved on to renewing the sleepers on a section of track relaid about 30 years ago. The first length is having some of its sleepers replaced, and the second length will be lifted out for a complete replacement. The bonus picture shows the Simplex Motor Rail and train at approximately the same location in 1989, just prior to the curve being relaid. As part of the relay, the track was realigned to ease the curve, and now runs where the trailer is.
A smaller gang this week continued re-connecting the point rods. The main yard point has been provided with a complete new rod run including rollers to provide support. The next task is to provide the rod for the point in the yard which has never been connected to the box.
The photos show the completed rods, and a view of the relaid track in the yard, which awaits final ballasting.
Early morning rain cleared allowing progress in the yard.
One gang completed the line to the shed, while an S&T group started to reconnect the points to the signalbox. As part of the relay, the main bearer outside the box which carries the point rod cranks has been replaced, and the items refitted to the new bearer. New screw adjusters are being fitted, and by the end of the day, the rods for the point to the shed (lever number 4) had been fitted and tested.
A new point rod will be fitted to the main yard point (lever number 3) as the old arrangement which was curved resulted in a loss of movement at the point blades, often requiring the judicious use of a boot to ensure the blade fitted properly!
Having completed the trackwork, the track gang then turned their attention to clearing the exhibition hall gutter, which regularly gets blocked by leaves from the neighbouring trees. They finished just in time for some heavy showers to test their work.
Further progress with the yard trackwork. The curved rails were spiked down, and the sleepers fitted for the closure rails. Weather permitting, we should soon have access to the shed line, which currently houses four of our operational locomotives.
To complete the yard relay, further ballasting is required, and the points reconnected to the signal box.
The slight relaxation in lockdown has enabled us to welcome a limited number of volunteers back on site. This has allowed resumption of the outside work, which was suspended in March, with social distancing in place.
The rails for the approach to the shed have been curved, and the closure rails cut and bolt holes drilled. Weather permitting, we should be able to get them installed soon.