November Update

On the 8th November the second 40’ container was delivered to site for use as a temporary workshop for point building.  Putting this work under cover allows us to work irrespective of the weather. Connecting to the electrical supply for lighting and power tools will be a priority for December.

During the month the five road crossing sections for the cross site internal road was completed.  These used a variety of gauges to match different rail sections with three of them being dual gauge.  Once complete they were used later to finalise the design of the tracks across the road crossing.  The sections are made of bar with a short length of the appropriate rail section welded on to each end.  This is also done at transitions of rail section so that standard fishplates (‘Comrie’, ‘US’, ‘Oban’ or ‘Newliston’) can be used throughout.

Steady progress was made on fettling up and greasing the Comrie rail joints on the 7¼”, circuit C, while work continued on the bottoming and edging of the circuit C west curve formation;

further round the tunnel the west portal foundation was dug and concreted as were the foundations for the bridge wall.  With the completion of the Comrie rail attention turned to finalising the fishplates on the east Oban section east of the crossing.  Later in the month the final 3 Oban panels west of the crossing were finally laid.

For the 7¼” / 5″, circuit B more panels were built up for the east curve and the line of the east curve edge boards adjusted. The circuit B to C crossover panel was built. New castings were received for the two gradual points to be built at the start of the circuit B east curve and proved OK.  The first two dual gauge points for the circuit B to C crossovers were built up awaiting check rails and blades.

Route design work included finalising the layout across and west of the ‘Mound’ and the 5″only reversing loops down at the west end.  A good deal more marker pegs were made and painted with yellow or white tops to define these routes.  As before white topped pegs were used to mark centre lines with yellow-topped pegs used as secondary markers at 2 or 3 metres off centre line. There was a fair bit of tree felling in connection with these routes, and as part of tidying up.

Other activities included tidying the sleeper storage and stripping the 3½” rail from Newliston panels to leave 5″ only aluminum rail panels for use on the 5″ reversing curves, and not forgetting the surveying and pegging out of various levels.