Three sessions to report in this edition, first was on Friday 23 April with a visit to Toddington Cutting to fill in the hole on the end of the up side crest drain. It took a few barrow loads of aggregate that had to be pushed up the cutting slope.
|Dave finishes off the backfilled hole on the |
Toddington crest drain while Martin and Michael supervise
|Bridge 6 low mileage abutment |
Tuesday 27 April
Another milestone on the road to normality with a team of six in for the first time for well over a year. The focus of attention was on Bridge 25 at Working Lane, Gretton. Contractors have been working on rerouting the outflow of Culvert 25A which runs under the bridge. The contractor did all the groundworks and pipe laying, but left the headwalls on the ends of the new piped drains to be built by the team. This was decided as a cost control measure. The culvert had to be rerouted as the deep ditch ran next to the lane and was being eroded. The lane is used by farm traffic which can be as heavy as 20 tonnes, this ditch was an accident waiting to happen. Funding for the work was included in the Heritage Lottery Funding Grant, which means that it should be cost neutral to the Railway.
|Downstream Culvert 25A the backfilled ditch|
|Culvert 25B outlet stream catcher pipe|
The ongoing clearance of Culvert 24C up side exit was next on the agenda, more silt removed down to the concrete apron under the grille. Hopefully, this will reduce the tendency for the grille to block and increase the time it takes for the water level to build up. The only real answer here is for a trash screen to be installed when funding permits.
New 1800mm lids that were cast last autumn were installed on the down side of Culvert 24A next to the pub fence, another heavy 4 man lift job.
|Culvert 27B up side toe drain works|
Tuesday 4 May
Tuesday 4 May
The first job of the morning was to collect some milepost numerals from Toddington which Greg Wigg has kindly cast. These will be finished and painted then attached to the heads already in stock at Winchombe before being sited along the line at appropriate points.
The rest of the day was spent collecting materials and delivering them to Working Lane for the headwall builds on Culverts 25A and 25B.
On the way back, there was a quick check on the ditch at Culvert 27B, Gretton to make sure all was working as planned, no problems identified.
Actual bricklaying to resume next week, providing the weather holds out.
|The redesigned Culvert 25A outflow |
The ditch alongside the lane has been backfilled