Tuesday 2nd Oct
Seven of us at Broadway today to carry on with the connecting up of signals. All the eight wires have now been threaded through the rollers down both platforms. There are now a lot of connections to make to the signals and signal box. Here are a few of them:
Starting to get a little congested at the tunnel
And several connected up in the locking room:
And at the other end connected up to signal 39 - after a bit of tweaking this signal operates perfectly:
And two wires to the double ground signal at the base of the direction indicator
Who can resist a shot of P & O running round and passing the signal on the opposite side
This is a close up of one of the joints attaching the end of a wire to a pulley sling. To ensure that the joint is secure each individual wire is unpicked and wound round progressively locking it all together.
The ends of the slings are made by bending the flexible multi-stranded wire round a thimble and crimping with two aluminium alloy collars. Should have taken a photo of the crimping tool but if you can imagine a pair of bolt cutters with attitude that's what it looks like! A batch of these of varying lengths have been made back in our workshop at Winchcombe.
And further jointing in progress at the pulleys opposite the box on platform 1
Now that the majority of the work is completed at the north end we have made a start with the southbound wires. There will be a total of 6 wires here (all on platform 1 side) - four to the bracket signal (still to be installed), one for the Advanced Starter and one for the Outer Home (posts soon to be erected and "dressed").
Remember that the wooden post starter signal is already connected from a wire crossing from platform 2 and the single arm on the existing bracket is also connected down platform 2.
John P and Malcolm spent most of the day sorting out the wire routing from the end of platform 1 up to Evesham Road Bridge and beyond. Some brackets have been fixed to the bridge to carry the sets of rollers. Although there are only six wires crossing the bridge there will be two unused rollers.
The reason for this is that we are very short on 2 and 3 wheel castings and have plenty of 4 wheelers!
To avoid the brickwork underneath platform 1 ramp the wires will be directed down by passing underneath the rollers:
Here is a view towards the bridge using a rope to get the best position for the rollers. Another set will have to be placed just past the ground pulley to ensure the wires are clear of the point rodding cranks
The jigsaw is gradually coming together!!
Having got across the bridge there is quite a distance to go to the outer home - this is 720 yards from the signal box - so many more stakes to install yet.
Finally, the story of the golden T-bolt! All the correct t-bolts have now been fitted to the rodding runs. Not quite the same as the golden spike of American fame but nevertheless the end of a long rodding journey (sorry, not quite accurate - the compensators are still awaiting their connecting linkages!) Neil C poised here for the final tighten with an impact socket.