Week ending 1st April


– today saw a fair amount of blaes dropped and rolled on the trackbed between the road crossings.  To the west of the crossings the track bed was further widened for the siding by digging out the northern bank.


During the day the mound between it and the cross-site roadway was lowered and shaped; some of the spoil removed was used to fill the gap corresponding to the original north/south track.

Further along another 24 feet of edge boarding was installed round the curve of circuit C.  A further two concrete sleepers were moved down in readiness for extending the sleeper wall into the curve.

 For the first time the new water supply was used to manually wash the machines.



Seven helpers on site on 1st April.

As the Society had sourced a cheaper rate for a stock of plastic sleepers, it was thought prudent to take advantage of it and it was agreed to collect the stock from Dumfriesshire, the day before. The early helpers were used to empty the trailer loaned by  Paul N.

The work was mostly concentrated on the station platform, where most members were assisting. The central edging boards were being worked on, by one other member. This task continues at a steady pace.

The station platform required additional Type 1 material, which was brought from the car park, to the wheel barrowing point, by tractor.

The Vibro roller was being used and material was supplied until it was decided the necessary levels were achieved, being hand raked at first, this covered the full length of the platform.


Once satisfied, the small ‘whacker plate’ refined the compaction, prior to the first edging mono blocs, being put into position.

The electric cement mixer, powered by the generator, supplied the base material for the edging blocs. Since this is the starting point for the rest of the mono – blocs, it requires to be given adequate time to set and probably a week will be sufficient. This cement stage was made more possible with our recent connection of a water supply and it also relieves the necessity for containers, supplying drinking material for cups of tea.


As the chairman had previous experience in laying mono blocs, we were quite happy to ‘watch an expert at work, ‘ while still maintaining that the required’ breathing time’ was kept to a minimum, the challenge being completion of the platform edge, before the end of day.

The stocks of blocs had been diligently supplied, in between barrowing material, from the nearby stock piles. It was calculated that approximately 240 blocs would be needed so we weren’t far out.

The weather forecast predicted showers but this only occurred when we were finished, up to then it was dry cool and ideal working conditions.