Dry weather saw further trackwork progressed. Two further sleepers were replaced, and those laid over the last couple of weeks were packed and boxed in in ballast. At lunchtime, a broken point stock rail was found in the yard, requiring a replacement part to be manufactored and fitted. This point will need further work on it next winter, as the sleepers are giving out.
In the workshop, the Fordson Major has received a new bonnet, and dismataling work has continued on the Hdson Hunslet with removal of the engine cover and front grill and radiator.
After last week's indoor work, better weather this week allowed us to continue with the re-sleepering work. During this, the opportunity was taken to replace a rail which had a crack on the outside edge. A replacement had to be cut to length and fishplate holes drilled as the original was a WW1 rail from Nocton - 5 metres in length and 60mm high, not a common size. There are a few more sleepers to replace, and the whole length will then need packing and spiking.
Following completion of the resleepering at the lower end of the line (40 sleepers), attention has now turned to the "back 5" area on the approach to the main buildings. This length was relaid about 20 years ago with secondhand sleepers which are now showing their age. The photos show the start of the relaying work.
The Hudson Hunslet locomotive has been moved to the workshop for minor repairs and a repaint. The Fordson Major is nearing completion with the lights fitted. It will be tested fully before returning for its repaint.