Bolts in Castlemaine

Over the past months we’ve focused heavily on bolt tightening as well over 60% of our fish bolts were loose. That number is now much lower, at around 10% which is why we’ve turned our latest bolt tightening exercise to Castlemaine Yard.

Here Norm and Will tighten bolts in turnout number 43, once we really started looking we discovered that not only the plain track required tightening but so did the many turnout bolts.

And what’s a day without breaking something! He Rolf reassembles the pull cord on one of the rattle guns, having pulled out and not returned.

And here’s Will only minutes later having inflicted the other rattle gun with the exact same injury!

Thankfully the team is fairly savvy with these things and we were back in business in no time.

No matter how many working rattle guns you’ve got, sometimes a spanner is all you can use! (or watch being used as is more the case here)

While in the yard we made use of the tools to re-gauge some joints which had become loose and begun to widen. Malcolm demonstrates his brute strength driving home a few dog spikes, occasionally it’s nice to keep the old skills alive.

The point rodding to turnout no. 28 was slightly buried and unsupported causing unnecessary friction with the ground, so the gang re-installed the angle bracket which had been re-moved during works some years ago. They also dug out around the rodding, clearing weeds and dirt accumulated over the years.

Our new gate at the north of the yard decided to drop, making it impossible to open and close, some 5 minutes was spent adjusting the hinges tonight on our way out, works like a charm now.

Nothing too exciting is planned for tomorrow as forecasts aren’t predicting favourable weather, however if you are interested, Will will be at Maldon at 8 and depending on conditions we’ll find plenty to keep us busy.

Some sorting

Today’s rather cold, wet and rainy weather, although very pleasant and wintery, wasn’t particularly conducive to getting lots of work done.

However between showers some sorting of materials recently acquired from the old Steel Transfer Yard in West Melbourne (last week’s hive of activity and hence no posts) was achieved.

The three pallets in the centre show the 5 point levers and accompanying turnout bits that are part of the 5 turnouts that we dismantled and had transported back to the VGR (I’ll grab a pic of them later this week). Some very nice 94lb small radius, hardly worn turnouts as replacements for some of our aging turnouts in Castlemaine and hopefully in Maldon if we can get the geometry to work.

We were also lucky enough to retrieve some steel sleepers from the yard, only around 25, but still a bonus.

The gang will be back into it tomorrow, this time at Castlemaine attending to some very loose fishbolts. Feel free to pop down and join us.