3rd February 2012

Yesterday was yellow plant day. The Pway Dept turned up with their Ballast Regulator and Tamper to deal with their track relay north of the station. The tamper also tamped our up line through the level crossing at the end of the day. It has made a big improvement to the line and level of that line. They are returning on Tuesday to do the down line and give their relay another go. Thanks go to Mark, Danny and Mathew from the Pway for their assistance cutting the old rails and drilling them for the new fishplates
All the poor sleepers have been replaced and chairs screwed down. New ballast from our virtual quarries has been placed underneath and between the sleepers. Today the level crossing has had further panels made and installed and it is now starting to look very good. The grampus wagon full of spoil has been tripped, by the PWay, to the new accommodation pipe bridge down the straight where we have now unloaded it, with a lot of assistance from the mini digger. Our maze of ducting has increased with a new link between the new UTX and an existing chamber – all 6’ of it with more to do tomorrow.
It has been bitterly cold all day but nice and sunny and we didn’t stop until it got to -8ºC this evening. Regular teas from the weighbridge are a godsend-thanks to the staff every day.

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