Eight of us on site at Winchcombe today. One team carrying on with sorting out the faulty cable across the tracks from the signal box and the other preparing some more parts for the signalling at Broadway.
A lot more ballast digging to prepare a trench for the replacement cable (a 20 pair armoured).
It has now been buried in position and will be connected up as soon as poss on a non-running day so that we don’t cause any disruption to operations.
We are now interested in finding out exactly what and where the fault is with the old cable. So, another ingress has been cut into it (at the position of the piece of covering grey tubing pictured below):
This indicated that there is a fault approx 2 metres away in the Toddington direction. At this position the cable passes underneath water and electricity supply cables so we can’t pursue any further investigation until we have cut and dragged it out. You can just see the tubes carrying these services coming out between the sleepers:
A bit more tidying up for the Cheltenham cable with some additional trunking
And a view of the spaghetti of existing connections inside the cabinet.
Part two consisted of organising some more fittings for Broadway. Once we have fitted the steel plates for mounting the angle cranks for the point rodding and the pulley wheels for the signal wires we can start to line out their positions. To assist with this we have prepared two of the fabricated steel rodding stools and bolted on a four wheel set of rollers:
Here are a few of the bits in the process of being cleaned up:
and some of the speed restriction signs destined for Broadway
and some of the lineside cabinets now undercoated - silver and black top coats to follow: