Progress up to Tuesday 29th
Wayne, our brickie from Hawick, has been on site again, properly pointing the newly laid copers. Hot on his heals was Dave Smith, pot of masonry paint in hand, applying the customary white line on the front edge. All that remains to be done now is dressing the surface gravel and checking that the stepping distances are compliant.
The “midweek gang” has been on site over the past couple of days carrying out some more lifting and packing on the new track panels south of the Golden Bridge. This has removed a twist fault and in turn enabled the blue and grey Mark 2f to be drawn forward, permitting the delivery of further rolling stock (watch this space).
A blistering hot day for a change resulting in copious sunburn. All available copers laid, with the exception of the three at the bottom of the ramp, which the machine couldn’t reach from the platform. Other tasks included some lifting and packing down by the new Mark 2, construction of a wee stillage panel for the Bance inspection car and a good tidy round the compound area. What a difference to the platform though! All ready for a train and some passengers…..
Using the hired vacuum lifter, all the copers were lifted onto the platform and spaced- out ready for laying. The Ruston was fired- up and pushed the Fowler to the north end of the platform. The track through the station was measured with the platform gauge, and we’re pleased to say that neglible settlement has taken place since the track was initially ballasted and packed back in the summer of 2008. The vacuum lifter really was worth its weight in gold, and without it there’s no way we would have got so much done.
Both the heritage centre coaches were dragged north out of the platform using the winch on Tony C’s lorry. The steps at the north end of the platform were brought into use and the wooden stairs were repositioned at the end vestibule door on the Mk 1. With the coaches out of the way, all the fishplates in the station were lubricated.