Carriage Shed Roads 2 & 3 upgrade continued.

The five days from April 25th were allocated to remove the existing track, dig out the old ballast and install the new track work. It didn't start to well when the original hire digger became unavailable. On Wednesday we built up the new track set for road two in quick time and gathered sundry materials that would be needed over the following days.

Carriage Shed Roads 2 & 3 upgrade
Towards the end of Thursday and all the rails had been removed. 26/4/07.

Carriage Shed Roads 2 & 3 upgrade
Midday on Friday and the good ballast was being loaded into wagons for re-use over the weekend. 27/4/07.

Carriage Shed Roads 2 & 3 upgrade
Early afternoon and the excess clay was being stock piled ready to be loaded into a small truck nd dumped behind the workshop. 27/4/07.

Carriage Shed Roads 2 & 3 upgrade
The drizzle had returned by late afternoon on the Friday. The track bed was almost ready for the new track sets. 27/4/07.

Carriage Shed Roads 2 & 3 upgrade
With steady drizzle over night and Saturday morning, the under foot conditions were not very pleasant to work in at times! The new turnout having safely been lowered into position and bolted up. That's Kevin on the left and James on the right. 27/4/07.

Carriage Shed Roads 2 & 3 upgrade
The new road three beginning to take shape. 27/4/07.

Carriage Shed Roads 2 & 3 upgrade
Rachel using the digger to move the last track set into position. It fitted very nicely into the gap as well, if you were wondering! 27/4/07.

Carriage Shed Roads 2 & 3 upgrade
Road three all laid down and bolted up and its only 2pm! 27/4/07.

Carriage Shed Roads 2 & 3 upgrade
Late Saturday afternoon and Glens directing the first pour of ballast over the new track. Rachel is preparing the base for the road two. 27/4/07.

Carriage Shed Roads 2 & 3 upgrade
Another sunny Sunday! The new track set for the road two is now in place. 28/4/07.

Carriage Shed Roads 2 & 3 upgrade
On Sunday we were now able to put the Hamilton crane to good use. Lifting track the easy way. 28/4/07.

Carriage Shed Roads 2 & 3 upgrade
By the end of Sunday the turnout had been lifted, levelled and tamped. The sleepers for road two had been laid out. 4 Ż days of very demanding work, by a very dedicated team. Back to work for a break. 28/4/07.

Carriage Shed Roads 2 & 3 upgrade
By the end of the following weekend the track for road two had been completed and the remaining used ballast had been dropped. 6/5/07.

Carriage Shed Roads 2 & 3 upgrade
The last of the good ballast was used to lift and pack road two. The points rodding had been installed and ballast cleaned of the top of the sleepers. 13/5/07.

Carriage Shed Roads 2 & 3 upgrade
By the beginning of June, road two had been fully ballasted, lifted and tamped. Extra ballast spread out to level the site off and the boxing over the points rodding partly completed. 4/6/07.

The new track layout used up 103 7ft sleepers, 9 8ft sleepers, 7 9ft sleepers, 3 10ft sleepers, 3 11ft sleepers, 6 12ft sleepers, 252 70lb bed plates and 642 screws.
For this project I have to thank Glen Sutherland, Rachel Tucker, Micheal Hobbs, Kevin Prince, Carl Pumpa, Micheal Whyman, James Gobbe and Josh Nelson for the work they put in over the 3 months.

Article by Peter Jenkinson, Photographs by Peter Jenkinson & Kevin Prince.

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