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The majority of fencing has now been renewed. Few posts have required replacing but new wire has been installed. Additionally the fence that borders our land along Imberhorne Lane has been replaced. This was in poor condition having suffered from a constant buffeting from passing traffic.
Finally essential plant maintenance has been carried out. The rebuild of our 3-ton dumper is complete - this has taken a considerable amount of time and effort, however, it is now firing on all three cylinders - something that it hasn't managed to do for a long time!
The photograph (courtesy of Jeff Machin) shows recent work on the
trackbed near Ash Lea Farm.
Back in August (when the sun shone) Alan Summerfield and Nigel Longdon, who qualified for use of chainsaws in January this year, undertook further training, this time working from an elevated platform (known as a cherry picker). Along the route of the trackbed there are several trees which did not need to be felled but that had branches which would have posed a risk to the line and rolling stock. A cherry picker was hired in and we removed the offending branches - an interesting experience.
More recently the Saturday team have been carrying out further clearance
work on the east side south of Keepers (the dam).
The first picture, left, shows Jim Turtle excavating a ramp for a new farm gate
which has been installed. Eventually the ramp will be concreted.
Picture two, right, shows Ted strimming an area which we cleared some months ago.
Unfortunately the rate at which vegetation is growing is pretty rapid - must
be something to do with the vast amount of rain we have had and the recent hot
weather. It will be a challenge to keep this under control.
The third picture, left, looks south from Hazelden Farm along the trackbed. Even here the ground is sprouting growth.
Recent work has included gathering up all the logs that have been cut in
Keepers cutting and at Hazelden. We hope to get these removed soon.
We are trying to get the above clearance work complete before the AGM. Along the fence line we will need to commission one farm gate which has been installed to avoid a staggered crossing over the track but still needs a concrete ramp built and decommission the old gate.
The slightly improved weather has resulted in the trackbed starting to dry out which makes transiting it a bit easier particularly whilst carrying all the tools we use.
We are pleased that several new volunteers have joined our regular Wednesday and Saturday working parties. There is always more than enough work so anyone keen to help should contact Ted Anderson (Wednesday Gang) on 01444-811865 or Nigel Longdon 020-8679-3732 (Saturday Gang). If you'd like to help the fencing gang, contact Geoff Snow (01932-231443). No skills are required just a will to see the extension complete as soon as possible.
The latest Extension Progress page is here.
Archive 10 (2011).
Archive 9 (2010).
Archive 8 (2009).
Archive 7 (2008).
Archive 6 (2006-7).
Archive 5 (2004-5).
Archive 4 (2003).
Archive 3 (2002).
Archive 2 (April - Dec 2001).
Archive 1 (October 2000 - February 2001).
An eariler report on progress (April 2000) from Extension Director Jim Turtle is in the News Archive.
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