5 siding

Well, it’s not quite the prettiest thing yet, but it is quite usable as a length of track to access the carriage shed.

By mid morning the gang had clipped up the rest of the concrete sleepers and ballast begun to be applied.

Just after lunch, with a layer of ballast, a good tamp and the removal of any track twist and severe dips/ bumps, a test engine was run over the siding to ensure we had achieved sufficient compaction of the dry gravel ballast we had available – worked perfectly.

The first vehicles to grace 5 siding, as the gang sat in the shade admiring their efforts.

5 siding was even used for a shunting maneuver, immediatly following the ballast being scraped into a rough profile. The J class coupled up the Y stabled in 5 siding and headed off to Maldon from there.

It’s a very nice feeling to see all the hard work undertaken over the past few weeks actually being put to use.

We’re not finished here just yet, 5 siding still needs more ballast applied, a good lift and final tamp before we deem it complete. However it is now available to traffic to allow rolling stock to be stored securely in the west road of the Carriage Shed.

Tuesday will be a workday catching up on preparation for Bendigo Road Crossing, meeting Maldon at 8am.

5 siding

While mainly focussing on other odd jobs around Castlemaine, we did manage to finish up clipping one leg of 5 siding.

It’s getting just far enough away from the longest day that we can now get sufficient shade from the buildings all day, which today’s large gang made good use of.

It’s ideal weather to be out and about in too, so please join us tomorrow, once again at Castlemaine, where we can hopefully complete 5 siding. Meeting Castlemaine from 8.15am.

5 siding

We’re getting there, the end is now in sight. Today saw all the sleepers laid out, rails cut and drilled to length and a good start made on clipping up.

Given the fact this is a siding, we’ve used up a lot of short lengths of rail, which is a nice thing to do, but ends up being quite time consuming bolting them all together, cutting and drilling as required to turn it into a string of rail.

But by lunch time, it was all starting to look a bit more finished.

We’ve clipped up well over half of one leg. There’s about one days work left to finish that and another to ballast the track and lift it enough to make it usable. We still need to do some lining, but the basic idea is now very obvious.

Once we complete and ballast this, it’ll look very smart and more or less complete the works for this part of the yard.

Thursday (and probably Friday) we’ll be at Muckleford Creek Bridge replacing a beam which has decided it’s time to retire has arrived. Meeting Maldon 7.45am or Muckleford Creek Bridge from 8.15am.