Clipping up

Well to beat Monday’s record, we had to have a Thursday record.

223 all clipped up well before lunch time! An excellent effort and yet another first for the gang.

Bruce(s), Clive and Will worked up the hill today (just to mix it up) clipping up along the UP leg. Upon reaching the top, this gang grabbed the gauge and begun clipping up the down leg. Meeting up with the rest of the gang working up the hill doing the same thing. This proved a very effective method and one we’ll no doubt employ many more times.

Just to remind you exactly what a biscuit and clip look like. This clip is known as a PR clip, which has all the identical characteristics to an E clip except it’s shape.

With the ballast returned to the track and a tamp through, the job really has come together fast and looks fantastic.

But as we’d completed the task well ahead of schedule, more work was found in the form of fastening removal in the next section. Clive and Bruce went ahead some 300 sleepers clearing the way for the spike and screw pullers. With all the required fastenings removed from curve 9 to Sawmill Road Crossing. 176 concretes are needed here (will seem like only an afternoon’s work now!)

The jewellery was also collected and sorted into drums. All that awaits is for the sleepers to be loaded and dropped out.

Yet another stunning effort from the gang, they’re certainly an excellent crew and without them our railway wouldn’t be making these enormous leaps and bounds forwards.

Tomorrow will start with finishing off tamping today’s works, then onto preparing the last of the 80lb rail at Muckleford.

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