Turnout Building

We’ve made a very good start on the turnout building today.

All but one hole was drilled in the rails (a slight technical issue with the rail drill, where it’s doing absolutely everything correctly, except for starting…)

Once we’d got it all organised, with rails bolted up and flat sleeper plates under, the usual tricks for getting a straight line were used, and we’re very happy with how it turned out.

It was a very victorian day, with both extremes. We had scorching sun and two very impressive storms! Thankfully, they both occurred during break times. The heaviest was during lunch, however by 4pm, there was only a couple of small puddles remaining to indicate there had been any rain.

A keen eye will note that not every timber was lucky enough to get a sleeper plate, this was due to a limited supply of these plates on hand and the relatively limited use this turnout will see, on the curved legs anyhow. If by chance we get flooded with them in the future, we’ll fit them as we replace timber, however for now, we’ve worked on having 1 in 3 plated, which will be a massive improvement on what’s been here for the last 140 years.

Once we’d fastened up the 1 in 3 timbers along our straight edge, we gauged and started the fastenings along the other straight leg. Tomorrow will see all of these driven home.

And that was today’s finished product! We’re very proud of our effort, with a few little holds up from the weather and the rail drill, we’re very happy with what we achieved.

Tomorrow’s crew will hopefully get all the currently standing spikes driven, the last of the screws installed and the curved lead pulled to line and fastened down. Leaving nothing but a big drilling and spiking day on Tuesday to finish it off.

Tomorrow’s crew meeting at Maldon from 8am.

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