Curve 8

Another busy day concrete sleepering.

Unfortunately not all our plans came off, with our regular assistants from Middleton Prison having to call in sick at the 11th hour.

We did however still achieve an enormous amount. We had hoped to finish the whole curve this week but it’ll only take a day to complete it next week now.

As the screws had been removed on Tuesday, only this one damaged screw required attention. Sleepers were also distributed and pads installed on Tuesday.

We tried a couple of small differences today, the first being our new shovel measurer… A simple bit of 50mm RHS welded on the end of one of our broken shovels, bent to this shape. It removes the need for the wooden blocks. It actually worked really well and certainly sped things up.

While the lifting was happening, all jewellery was distributed as well as the old collected and removed.

Morning tea shows the gang well and truly enjoying a relax. It wasn’t overly hot but the humidity was high.

Another alteration was using the digger to hold up the sleepers while the first inner biscuit was installed and clipped. This saved a lot of manpower, probably not quicker but it was better use of our workforce.

This was followed up by the gauger and small crew installing the other inner biscuit and clip.

We didn’t install any of the outer biscuits until much later which certainly sped up proceedings.

By 2pm we’d inserted and started the clipping of all 78 that we’d set out to do so we started installing the outer biscuits and clips and achieved around 20 before we knocked off.

The last clip of the day going on, a nice feeling knowing we’d achieved so much and still had tomorrow to finish off.

We’ll be back tomorrow finishing off the clipping then sorting the removed sleepers and bundling the reusable one. Meet Maldon 8am or site from 8.30am.

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