Mark & Phil planned a busy Civil Saturday which would move two projects towards completion.
The first job was to cast the abutments for the Five Sisters Crossing. As has been mentioned before this is the biggest civil project required to complete the Newliston (5 / 3½) and Almondell (7¼ / 5) (or circuits A & B if you prefer). This is the structure upon which both circuits cross the pond and its completion is a priority.
Once the water had been pumped out of the shuttered area and the ‘gaffer’ had inspected the chute constructed to place the concrete in the hole and given the go ahead, work commenced.
Final positioning and then bullseye! Tipped in the right place and then gravity did the rest.
A little back from the Five Sisters Crossing the approach viaduct for the Newliston (5 / 3½ circuit A) is making steady progress. Steel work has been assembled by Paul & John for the first support. Only another few to go chaps!
Meanwhile some ‘wag’ hollered out ‘Look, the Mallard’. With great anticipation all eyes turned to the mainline expecting to see 4468 go blasting past……
Yeah, we thought it very funny too.
Getting it level was important too.
But then it was all finished. The remaining two slabs are for another weekend. Casting in three slabs will allow for movement and avoid cracking.
Yep, it’s too long.
Well done, a another good step forward.
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