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Three Arch relay:  Middle of third week - 22 January 2020:

The new rail extends well beyond 3 Arch Bridge - Bruce Healey - 22 January 2020

 
This report, from Bruce Healey and Brian Kidman, is a brief midweek update from the track relaying project at Three Arch (Nobles) Bridge, just south of Horsted Keynes.

By the morning of Wednesday 22nd, the track relay extended well under 3 Arch Bridge and was only 6 track panels short of the end point. By the end of the day, the remaining old rail had been removed, the trackbed levelled and compacted and the sleepers laid for one of the remaining panels.

We expect to have the track joined up by Friday with ballasting on Monday and Tuesday. After that there will be tamping and a site clear-up.

Bruce Healey's photo on the right was taken early on Wednesday morning. The new rail extends well beyond 3 Arch Bridge. By the bridge, our Signals & Telecoms volunteers are working at a lineside cabinet, with the Wednesday line-side clearance gang further on.

In recent weeks the Wednesday Gang (North) has been working alongside Matt Crawford's re-lay team at Three Arch and, of course, they've been taking a keen interest in proceedings. The first photo below, from Brian Kidman, shows a general view looking south, with WG members working close to a major spring, one of several uncovered during this work. The cut-out at the foot of the bank shows the location where significant water flow has been channelled into the newly laid French drain (not visible as the cess has been backfilled and levelled). The presence of these springs explains the poor condition of the track formation through this cutting, which should not now be a problem in future.

Brian's second photo (taken from Three Arch Bridge) shows the extent of the new railhead at lunchtime on Wednesday, with old track being lifted in the distance and 6 new panels remaining to be laid.


Wednesday Gang (North) in 3 Arch Cutting - Brian Kidman - 22 January 2020 Railhead at lunchtime - Brian Kidman - 22 January 2020
Brian Kidman's third photo is included below to show the quality of workmanship being carried out by Matt's team. The new French drain has been installed in the left ('up') side cess and backfilled with ballast; the formation has then been levelled and compacted to a billiard-table flat and even finish, enabling concrete sleepers to be accurately positioned to the painted line just visible on the right, before new rail is laid, plated and clipped, ready for new top ballast to be dropped in the next few days, and lifted a couple of inches by the tamper. Impressively, the new track alignment through the cutting is absolutely straight!

We finish this report with another photo from Bruce Healey, taken after lunch on Wednesday 22nd. The final old rails have been removed, and the photo was taken prior to levelling and compacting.


New track - Brian Kidman - 22 January 2020 The old rails removed - Bruce Healey - 22 January 2020


Three Arch relay:  End of the second week - 17 January 2020:

Over half the track laid - Jon Goff - 17 January 2020

 
Jon Goff's report covers the period 11-17 January 2020, the second week of the track relaying project through the very wet cutting at Three Arch (Nobles) Bridge.

Three Arch relay - Week 2 - Report 17 January 2020 (PDF)

 

The photo on the right shows progress as at the end of Friday 17 January, taken from the top of the bridge just before we stopped putting out sleepers. Track has been laid just past the half way point, with 16 of the 29 panels put down and most of the sleepers put out for the 17th panel.



 OP4 Report - mid-January 2020

Barry Luck, the OP4 project manager, reports that the recent very wet weather has not helped, but work has nevertheless progressed with the new carriage shed extension and Heritage Skills Centre (HSC) at Horsted Keynes.

Inside the carriage shed, the infrastructure team completed another length of tramway adjacent to E-road before Christmas.

On the outside the cladding work is progressing and with a fair wind should be completed by the end of February. The first skin of grey insulated cladding is complete all around the structure, apart from the northern faces, where the support rails are currently being fitted (first photo below). The second layer of yellow cladding is similarly complete apart from the southern, gable end of the shed (second photo below).


Northern face with support rails for cladding - Barry Luck - 9 December 2019 Southern face with first layer of cladding - Barry Luck - 5 December 2019
Exterior of the HSC - Barry Luck - 17 January 2020 As seen in the photo on the right, the ground floor windows and doors were fitted during the first week of January, and the first floor windows will be fitted w/c 27 January.

Inside the HSC the first floor joists and floor are in place (first photo below).

The first floor rear wall studwork is complete apart from one bay which has been left open (second photo) to facilitate the delivery of sheeting materials for the first floor studwork, and another on the ground for temporary access.

The next stage will be to complete the insulation and sheeting on the carriage shed side of this rear wall which will enable us to lay the final two roads (H and J) in the shed, ready to hand over to C&W to complete the shunting of vehicles under cover.


Interior of first floor of HSC - Barry Luck - 17 January 2020 HSC rear wall from inside the carriage shed - Barry Luck - 17 January 2020
Interior of the ground floor of the HSC - Barry Luck - 17 January 2020

 

The completion of the first floor rear wall and the fitting of the windows and doors will completely enclose the HSC, and open the way to the next stage of the project, fitting out the HSC (the ground floor of which is seen on the left).

As ever, I am very grateful for the continuing donations which enable this project to progress.

       Barry Luck OP4 Project Manager (Infrastructure)
       16 January 2020


End of week 1 - 10 January 2020:  Into the cutting

Further to Wednesday's photos from Bruce Healey showing the first 100 yards relaid, this update shows progress over the following two days, with thanks to Jon Goff.

Work in the cutting at full swing - Jon Goff - 10 January 2020 By Friday 10 January a large amount of groundwork had been completed in preparation for the next section of track. The photo on the right includes that first 100 yards visible in front of the road railer (in the top right corner) standing on the last panel relayed last year.

Drainage is exceptionally important in any civil engineering project and track laying at Bluebell is no different. It is a subject that is invisible to and not realized by many if not most people. Here at Three Arch Bridge we are installing a new French drain on the west side of the line and several cross drains feeding into it. In addition, after ploughing out as much good ballast as possible and levelling and compaction the surface, a waterproof membrane, sandwiched between layers of Terram, is being laid under the main ballast layer. This will prevent water and clay pumping up under the sleepers in the future, which is a problem well known in this area as well as thousands of network rail locations. The photo above was taken halfway up the side of the cutting above the 10 1/4 mile post looking south at the first half of the relay and shows the groundwork in full swing.

The next photo (below) looks north, and shows the first cross drain being laid in at the south end of the cutting. It shows Matt Crawford treading down the pipe while Bob (the builder) places some of the reclaimed ballast over it. Darren is driving the laser dozer levelling ballast in the middle distance. Next to it is a photo of one example of the reason for all the drainage work; one of several springs dribbling water into the new ditch.


First cross-drain - Jon Goff - 10 January 2020 A natural spring runs into the new ditch - Jon Goff - 10 January 2020
When the Victorians dug out the cutting, they cut through several small natural aquifers, generating springs in the cutting sides. Clearly the drain on the east side was inadequate which is why so much clay pumps up over the sleepers in this area. The new ditch, in which will be the French drain (pipe covered with ballast) should prevent this from happening in the future and give us a much more stable track bed.

Looking north to the rest of the job - Jon Goff - 10 January 2020

 

Turning around, the other end of the job can be seen where the sleeper piles stop beyond the bridge, 26 panels from the start, although we now intend to go another 100 yards beyond that making 620 yards in total and a little way into the final curve into Horsted Keynes. The new ditch can be seen stopping at the lineside phone which will have to be moved temporally for the ditch to continue. [Update - 23 January - the plan now is to lay 29 panels, so an additional 60 yards compared to that reported here].



Week 1 - 8 January 2020:   Winter close-down activities

Report and photos from Bruce Healey after the first week of our January maintenance period (as of Wednesday 8 January). Services are scheduled to re-start for the February Half Term week.

First six panels - Bruce Healey - 8 January 2020 During the winter close-down, Infrastructure are relaying up to 26 sixty foot track panels in the cutting at Three Arch Bridge. So far the weather has been unseasonably warm and mostly dry. We started from the south end connecting to a section of previously relayed track. The first 6 panels are on embankment and had been relayed by Wednesday lunchtime (as seen in the photo on the right).

The remaining section is in cutting and requires terram/polythene/terram underlay draining into a new drainage ditch on the west side. The ditch has been completed up to the bridge and by the end of Wednesday a further length of old track had been removed and preparation of the trackbed was well under way.


Drilling holes for the fishplates - Bruce Healey - 8 January 2020 The 60 foot panels are cut in half - Bruce Healey - 8 January 2020
Half panel being craned out - Bruce Healey - 8 January 2020

 

These three photos show, above drilling holes for the fishplates, and then two showing the removal the old panels. In the second photo above, the first step (after removing fishplates) is to cut the 60 foot panels in half, and then as seen on the left, the half-panel is craned out to be transported off site and dismantled at a later date.

 

Operation Undercover Phase 4

The first photo below shows a project completed at Horsted Keytnes before Christmas by the Infrastructure team. The extension of the tram road in OP4 adjacent to E-road provides a further area to be used for servicing bogies and wheelsets. This concreting adjacent to the divide between the maintenance workshop and storage part of OP4 is also a pre-requisite for construction of the fire-wall.

Finally, John Sandys' photo, taken on 9 January, shows progress with the ground floor windows and doors of the Heritage Skills Centre (part of OP4) being installed by our building contractor.

OP4 tramway extension - Richard Salmon - 11 January 2020 OP4 Heritage Skills Centre - John Sandys - 9 January 2020


18 September 2019:  Horsted Keynes Down Yard trackwork

A report from Bruce Healey on the completion of the pointwork and relaying of the track leading up to it, which will enable the original headshunt, now completely relaid and now to be used as a siding, to come back into use.

Pointwork in Horsted Keynes yard - Bruce Healey - 18 September 2019 Bruce's first photo shows the OP4 headshunt/Down Yard siding point being worked on. In the foreground, S&T are installing the point stretcher bars while behind Matt Crawford's team are completing the screwing down of the point. To the left can be seen the Balfour Beatty tamper which has travelled over the new point. Balfour Beatty were running a training course tamping some of the yard in return for which we received half of the ballast we needed for the yard. The other half is as yet unfunded.

Bruce's next photo below, looking north from the new point, shows the approach to the Down Yard. Note that there is a bit of a wiggle in the track. This will be rectified when A road point (the next point along) is moved to the left. As this point is at the end of its life, this will only be done when the point is replaced - another item which is as yet unfunded. The Balfour Beatty tamper is just passing.

Bruce's third photo shows the new point looking south. The new siding is to the right while the C&W Works/OP4 headshunt is off to the left.

The final photo, from Peter Edwards, shows the Balfour Beatty tamper in platform 2 at Horsted Keynes the same day.


Pointwork in Horsted Keynes yard - Bruce Healey - 18 September 2019 Pointwork in Horsted Keynes yard - Bruce Healey - 18 September 2019 Balfour Beatty tamper at Horsted Keynes - Peter Edwards - 18 September 2019


18 August 2019:  OP4 - Heritage Skills Centre

Progress with walls for the HSC - Barry Luck - 16 August 2019

 

OP4 update 18 August 2019 (PDF)

 

OP4 update with thanks again to Barry Luck, covering work on the walls for the Heritage Skills Centre, and further trackwork in the yard.



3 July 2019:  OP4 - Horsted Keynes Carriage Shed extension

OP4 update 3 July 2019 (PDF) A progress report is available thanks to Barry Luck, our OP4 Project Manager (Infrastructure), for the end of June for our OP4 - Horsted Keynes Carriage Shed extension . The photos below, showing the brickwork on the wall to the north of the Heritage Skills Centre, and the new pointwork in the yard at Horsted Keynes, are taken from that report.

Shed wall adjacent to HSC - Barry Luck - 27 June 2019 Pointwork in Horsted Keynes yard - Barry Luck - 25 June 2019

25 June 2019:  D road reconnected at Horsted Keynes

The photos below, by Stuart Moon, show the new track in place into D road of the carriage works, enabling the paint shop to be shunted, and the point which will give access to B-road in the old shed. This follows on from last week's report which includes track plans of the layout of the down yard at Horsted Keynes.

New track laid into the paint shop at Horsted Keynes - Stuart Moon - 25 June 2019 New pointwork laid for B- and D-roads at Horsted Keynes - Stuart Moon - 25 June 2019

21 June 2019:  OP4 trackwork, including a three way point
Track layout for OP4

 

Infrastructure update 21 June 2019 (PDF)

 

Infrastructure News update with thanks to Jon Goff, covering work in the late May and the first half of June on laying in the 3-way point in the down yard at Horsted Keynes, which is part of the project to relay the yard, and at the same time give access to the new OP4 carriage maintenance and storage shed.

The photos below show the trackbeds into D and E roads (the main works road and the maintenance road) having been dug out, prepared, ballasted and levelled, and a couple of weeks later, the 3-way (tandem) point laid and the maintenance road again connected to the station (now via the new headshunt), on time, avoiding any delay to our carriage maintenance schedule. The report includes track plans of the old and new layouts and aerial photos.


HK yard trackbed leveled into E-road - Jon Goff - 31 May 2019 HK yard track laid into E-road - Jon Goff - 14 June 2019

31 May 2019:  OP4 - Horsted Keynes Carriage Shed extension

OP4 News, with an update of work on the carriage shed extension at Horsted Keynes, where the walls are now being prepared for cladding, following the successful fundraising appeal last Autumn.

OP4 update 31 May 2019 (PDF)

22 May 2019:  OP4 - Horsted Keynes Carriage Shed extension

Completion of dwarf wall, West side of OP4 - Barry Luck - 7 May 2019 The Infrastructure team are making good progress building the dwarf brick wall around the base of the carriage shed, having completed the western (photo right), southern and eastern faces. They are now working on the dwarf wall around the HSC, and preparations for casting the floor slab of the HSC (currently programmed for late June).

The contract for the cladding of the shed has been let to Robin Stevenson LLP, and work has started on the western wall of the maintenance road. The final appearance of the shed will match the yellow/green reverse profile sheeting of the existing C&W works. Reverse profile insulated cladding is not available, so the cladding will necessarily be in two layers - firstly the insulated cladding sheets, and secondly a cosmetic face to match the appearance of the existing shed.

The Infrastructure team will shortly be moving onto tracklaying, relaying the connection from the running line into the yard. This is a major piece of work expected to take about three weeks to complete, and represents a significant step forward, providing full connectivity to roads C, E, F and G (and eventually roads B, H & J).

       Barry Luck OP4 Project Manager (Infrastructure)

Stub wall being constructed around the Heritage Skills Centre - Barry Luck - 16 May 2019 Heritage Skills Centre ready for construction of the floor slab - Barry Luck - 16 May 2019

Above: the start of the dwarf wall around the Heritage Skills Centre, and the preparations for the casting of the HSC ground floor slab.
Below: the support rails for the cladding on the west side of the new shed.

Support rails for the cladding going on the west wall of thge new shed - Barry Luck - 16 May 2019 Support rails for the cladding going on the west wall of thge new shed - Barry Luck - 16 May 2019



21 May 2019:  260 yards of track replaced in one day!

Infrastructure News update with thanks to Jon Goff, covering the relaying of 260 yards of track on Freshfield Bank in 24 hours.

Infrastructure update 21 May 2019 (PDF)

12 May 2019:  New locomotive maintenance shed at Sheffield Park

30541 in the new maintenance shed at Sheffield Park - Jon Elphick - 12 May 2019

 

 

Jon Elphic's photo shows the Q-class over the washout pit within the new locomotive maintenance shed at Sheffield Park, built thanks to funding from the NLHF as part of our ASH (Accessible Steam Heritage) project. The staff are already feeling the benefit of the cover for washouts, this being the third undertaken in the shell of the building.


4 April 2019:  OP4 update on the Shed Extension at Horsted Keynes

Two photos below from OP4 Project Manager Barry Luck show the dwarf wall on the western side of the shed at Horsted Keynes almost complete, and the start of work on the access steps on the eastern side, this work being done by our infrastructure volunteers.

The contractors are returning to site soon to clad the main parts of the walls around the western, eastern and northern sides of the shed and the Heritage Skills Centre, the money for which was raised thanks to our well-supported Double Donations Dash fundraising appeal last Autumn.

Stub wall on western side of OP4 shed - Barry Luck - 4 April 2019 Start of work on steps on eastern side of OP4 shed - Barry Luck - 4 April 2019


20 March 2019:  OP4 (Horsted Keynes) and points at East Grinstead

New hanging baskets - Bruce Healey - 20 March 2019

Infrastructure update 20 March 2019 (PDF)
Infrastructure update, with news of work on the carriage shed extension at Horsted Keynes (OP4), work on a set of points at East Grinstead, and a great example of "upcycling" evident outside the infrastructure lobby at Horsted Keynes, as also shown in Bruce Healey's photo on the right.

14 March 2019:  Rails into the new loco maintenance shed

The infrastructure team have been laying yet more track, but this time only a very short section into the new loco maintenance shed at Sheffield Park. The frame of the shed is complete and the cladding now in place on both the east and west walls. The request to infrastructure turned out to be a little premature as not all of the track bed was ready for track although the team did manage to get about 2/3 of the required track laid last Friday. It will be finished ASAP though so that the contractor can concrete the track in place.

Unfortunately, due to the position and alignment of the west wall, the new track position will not enable reconnection to the tram road leading out to the top carpark without breaking out a lot of concrete and relaying the curve from a long way back. This is too big a job and expensive for now.

The photos below from Jon Goff show the new track progressing through the new loco maintenance shed, yet to be finally aligned.

Track being laid into new loco maintenance shed - Jon Goff - 8 March 2019 Track being laid into new loco maintenance shed - Jon Goff - 8 March 2019


8 March 2019:  7B points at Sheffield Park - Part 2

Track laid back on new crossing timbers - Jon Goff - 6 March 2019

7B points at Sheffield Park - Part 2 (PDF)
In November, due to time restrictions, only the centre section of 7B points had its timbers replaced as seen on the Infrastructure News reports for 24 & 29 November 2018.

The timbers under the crossing nose were also life-expired, so this was corrected before the full weekday running season began. In addition the adjacent track panel from road 1 which has been slowly sinking into the mud was lifted and drainage put in.

You can read more in Jon Goff's report, here. His photo on the right shows everything connected up, with the new crossing timbers (and unseen beneath, new drainage and waterproof layer), but as of then still to be fully ballasted.


4 March 2019:  Winter 2019 track relaying - full report

Track being relaid - Jon Goff - 8 January 2019

Winter Track Replacement Report 2019 (PDF)
Jon Goff provides a detailed report on this winter's track relaying projects (available to view/download as a PDF). The photo was taken at close of play on Tuesday 8 January, and shows a bit of all the activities. Sleepers in stacks (on old wooden sleepers) at the correct intervals within reach of the jib of the digger used to lift them, rails also ready to be lifted into position, the digger parked up for the evening, jokingly renamed "Norman" after one of the team, the smooth track bed with the line marked, the last group of four sleepers laid with the spacing former in position, the old track panels lifted out to the side, the white reference posts, the old occupation bridge at the half way point and most important of all, the blue mobile mess room where Barbara makes tea and bacon butties and to where the team are heading.

Jon's report also lists all the recent track relaying undertaken so far, on the roughly 4.5 miles between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes, where the formation, under-track drainage, and even some rails, date back over 100 years, and were therefore due for renewal. This table repeats that information.

Total amount of new track laid between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes:

Year No of panels Where Yards
2011 13 Top of Freshfield Bank 260
2014 22 Freshfield Bank 440
2015 11 River slip 220
2015 3 Freshfield Bank 60
2017 29 Holywell / Waterworks 580
2017 10 Overnight on Freshfield Bank 200
2017 6 Poleay Bridge / points at north end of SP 120
2018 11 Keysford Lane / Caseford Bridge 220
2018 55 Rock Cutting / Tremains 1100
2019 44.5 Monteswood Lane to Sloop Bridge 890
2019 13 North of Caseford Bridge 260
Total 217.5 4350
Total Miles Re-laid 2.47


28 February 2019:  Tremains foot crossing

A small update, with photos below, thanks to Bruce Healey and Matt Crawford. Infrastructure have been working on the west side of Tremains crossing this week. At close of play yesterday the work is nearly complete with only a few more fence wires to put in which was expected to happen today. There will have to be a later visit to retension the fence wires.

Tremains crossing work - Bruce Healey - 27 February 2019 Tremains crossing work - Bruce Healey - 27 February 2019

20 February 2019:  Lineside management - the Wednesday Gang

847 heads south past the lineside gang - Brian Kidman - 20 February 2019 For a number of years the Wednesday Gang has been split into 2 teams.

WG(South) is currently working in the Lindfield Wood area, while, in recent weeks, WG(North) has been working between Black Hut and the south entrance to the tunnel.

Brian Kidman's photo shows the 12.30 train from East Grinstead passing the gang as it exits the tunnel.


7 February 2019:  Track relaying: North of Caseford Bridge

Bruce Healey and Jon Goff provide the three photos below, taken yesterday, showing the additional section of relaying which we have been able to undertake, started on Monday morning, thanks both to the main winter relaying having been finished in good time, and it having come in under budget, allowing the funding (from The Bluebell Railway Trust) to stretch further too.

Ready for a day's work - Bruce Healey - 6 February 2019 Not quite finished for the day - Bruce Healey - 6 February 2019
Andy Palmer cutting the old rail to length - Jon Goff - 6 February 2019

The first photo above shows the state of play on Wednesday 6 February before 9am in the early morning gloom. The second was taken at about 4.30pm, in the failing light, and shows the line nearly joined up again.

Jon Goff's photo on the right shows Andy Palmer cutting in the closing section of old bullhead rail, as it was starting to get dark. After the last photos were taken, and in near darkness, the track was joined.

So in all, over just three days, the old track had been removed, plastic and Terram laid in the cutting section, ballast dozed even and wacked down smooth, all 13 panels of new flat bottom rail laid and a closing half panel of bullhead cut in. Despite the last joint being only fly-plated, and there still being some clipping up to do, the diesel, the ballast train, and the tamper can now run over the job, and ballasting will start on Thursday morning (i.e. today). This renewed section extends northwards from the Waterworks section which was laid in the snow last winter.


1 February 2019:  Update on the current track renewal work

Following the completion of the track replacement between Sloop Bridge and Monteswood Lane Bridge we were fortunate to have the use of a big main line tamper (photop below, Jon Goff) while the tamper we normally use was undergoing maintenance. Balfour Beatty occasionally carries out operator training at the Bluebell, and in return we get some tamping done for free; a good arrangement for both parties. The tamper has on board computers which calculate the best position for the rails after measuring their existing positions and then lifts, push sideways, cants and tamps them accordingly. There is a tiny bit left to finish on the south side of Sloop Bridge, but all the rest of the half-mile stretch relayed over the last month is completely finished.

The next job, starting immediately, is 13 panels north of Caseford Bridge which almost gets us on to the straight up to Three Arch Bridge. It is pegged and has materials positioned ready and waiting, as seen in Jon's second photo below.

Balfour Beatty Tamper at Horsted Keynes - Jon Goff - 1 February 2019 Next section to be relaid, north from Caseford Bridge - Jon Goff - 25 January 2019

23 January 2019:  Track relaying - so close

Less than 30 feet to go - Jon Goff - 18 January 2019 Jon Goff's photo shows the position at the end of play on Friday 18 January, when there was less than 30 feet to go to connect the newly relayed track to that relaid a year ago at Monteswood Bridge. The sun was getting too low in the sky to get the last pair of rails in before the weekend. The last pair of rails always take a little extra time and fiddle to get right with precise measurements and cutting of the rails, and there is always a bit of extra fiddling with the ballast as the last few feet can't be bulldozed and wacked like the rest. However the clear up has started with some of the plant already transported back to Horsted.

We had two 30-foot rails left over from the Waterworks relay last year which mean we didn't have to cut into new 60 foot rails. This completes half a mile, which was laid in approximately 80 hours with an average of 8-9 people each day. Much of it has been funded from bequests left to The Bluebell Railway Trust by generous late members.


10 January 2019:  Track relaying: Sloop Bridge to Monteswood Lane Bridge

During the January closedown, our infrastructure team are relaying roughly half a mile of track between Sloop Bridge and Monteswood Lane Bridge. Around 44 sixty-foot track panels are being replaced. By close of play on Wednesday 9 January, the new track reached the half way point. We have been greatly helped by the young volunteers of our 9F Club and Network Rail people on "away days". Ballasting and tamping will take place when all of the new track is in place. The unseasonally warm weather and lack of rain have made our task a little easier.

The three photos, all taken yesterday, show:
1) the scrap track panels, cut into 30 foot lengths ready for transfer to Horsted Keynes, moved to the trackside. They will be dismantled there when the track relaying has been completed; this reduces the workload during the closedown period.
2) early in the day, the day's work area with new track can be seen looking south. The long-demolished Town House Farm occupation bridge is just behind the camera position.
3) later in the day, this is a similar shot with the abutment of the former bridge in view and the day's progress is evident.

Trackbed cleared - Bruce Healey - 9 January 2019 Sleepers laid - Bruce Healey - 9 January 2019 Rails in place - Bruce Healey - 9 January 2019

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