This morning was spent preparing for re-railing on Thursday, with half the dog screws removed, awkward spikes removed at joints and the very last of the jewellery dropped out.
The afternoon however was spent replacing loose bolts between Muckleford and Rifle Range Bridge.
With many of them tightened only twelve months ago, many bolts are now so old they’re starting to become stripped and fatigued.
So we’ve adopted a policy of replacing all loose old bolts with newer (recovered from re-railing works) high tensile bolts with cone lock nuts.
This should greatly reduce the ongoing bolt tightening required.
The gang will be out in force re-railing at tangent 20-21 this week.