Some photos from today of the concrete sleepers being layed where the platform is apparently going. Some of you will note that BG concrete sleepers have been used in lieu of dual gauge sleepers (yes it is pointless; and certainly brings standardisation into question, but we'll save that for another thread. Okay?).
The first lot of photos were taken at 14:30 in the afternoon, and the second lot at 19:30 in the evening. I will try and place photos taken at roughly the same spot together as a comparison.
We'll start with the Victoria Street (Down) end:
No rails on the sleepers past the fettler in the middle of the track. The backhoe is scraping at the old alignment to level it out.
The finished product. Ready for trains.
This shows the amount that the backhoe has scraped to form an even trackbed.
The same place 5 hours later...
Brand-new culvert just after installation.
Note that the pile of ballast in the background of the last photo has now gone.
From the Up end...
Lifting the first rail back into place
The tamper doing it's job. In this view you can see the amount of levelling that has taken place in the former goods yard. There were remnents of an old siding with 60Ib rail alongside the goods shed. Alas, it is now gone - forever.
Looking in the Down direction. This shows the sleepers after being aligned, ready for the rails to be clipped into place. More of the grading in the goods yard is apparent.
The same place with rails, and a tamping machine.
Looking like a mutant paddle boat on rails, is the track sweeper.
Oops! The lighting trailer has left the rails due to a build up of ballast around the railhead. It was quickly re-railed, and tamping resumed.
I will be keeping an eye on any further progress in the coming weeks.