Wednesday, 18 May 2016

More Fittings Installed

Tuesday 17th May

A bit more drilling today to finish the series of holes to mount the point rodding cranks and signal wire wheels. Here's Jim P tightening the wheels on the C-channel:
And here's the finished set:

This just leaves 5 more pulleys to be fitted to the 2 LH C-channels ; these are for the signal wire adjustment system.
There was more work going on above this with Malcolm W continuing to fit the remaining retaining bars on the locking trays. To assist with all the drilling required we have installed the pillar drill (
originally situated under Toddington box) on Neil Carrs' substantial work bench. This will be a great  asset when we start fitting the locking bars, etc.

We then fitted a short locking tray to the RH end of the frame. This will contain the tappet blade for lever no.45. A bit more bracketry will be required to support this rigidly:

The next picture shows a length of point rodding attached to one of the angle cranks - this feeds out through to the front of the tunnel. With the rodding set horizontally, this allows us to check that the
height is right to allow for the fitting of the further steelwork for supporting the cranks which was will direct the rodding along the trackside.

Finally, a few images of the S&T visit to the S&T dept of The West Somerset Railway last Saturday.
We started by visiting the signal box at Bishops Lydeard and then worked our way up the line to see the box at Crowcombe Heathfield, the box and works at Williton, and the box and works at Minehead
We arrived at Minehead just as a charter ( I think  from London Victoria ) pulled in to the station - a magnificent rake of Pullman coaches headed by a DB Schencker Class 59:

And on the return journey we stopped off at Blue Anchor box and posed for the group photo:



  1. I can't wait until broadway station is completed. And As for the charter train it was the belmond pullman from london victoria.

  2. Thanks for the clarification. Yes, Broadway station is progressing well and we can't wait for the first train to arrive - it will be quite an emotional day I think!

  3. How is work progressing? Seems there has not been an update for a while, most unusual for the S&T department! I also agree that when the station opens with trains it will be a very emotional day for all concerned. Keep up the good work.

  4. Both Banbury boxes are closing in July, is there anything of interest that you should acquire before it has gone?

    1. Thanks very much for this information, apparently we are aware of this

      Mike S