Six of us in action at Broadway today to complete the installation of the southern turnout ground frame.
Firstly this involves mounting the facing point lock mechanism to a steel plate, itself fixed to the centre of a wooden sleeper. However, we are delayed from starting by the arrival of the ballast train and we have to leave the points clipped until they have finished their ballasting run through platform 1.
So, to start we mount a slotted stretcher bar so that the FPL casting position can be determined and the bolt hole positions marked:
Note that the stretcher bar and central section of the steel plate are insulated from the rail to maintain track circuit integrity. The blue plastic tube is cut to length and inserted round the bolt with a plastic washer under the nut
Then the mounting holes are drilled - luckily we are able to use the magnetic drill here. Because we are out of range of an electricity supply we brought a generator with us (not just to boil the kettle you understand!) :
Len W carrying out the final adjustment with a file:
And finally here's this part of the assembly complete:
Next we turn our attention to mounting an angle crank to the third sleeper further south. This will connect the locking bar to the lineside crank already installed (this will be more obvious from the shot of the overall layout which will follow shortly)
The fixing of these fittings is a little fiddly as we use screwed rod which needs a nut put on from underneath the sleeper, so a bit of ballast shovelling is required:
And then using the crank base to spot and drill the four moumting holes:
And then mounted in position with its two connecting links:
Having got all the main components in position we were then able to measure and cut the lengths of point rodding to connect everything together:
And for the grand finale- here is everything connected up:
On the opposite side, a triple set of pulley wheels has been mounted on a raised bracket - all fittings for signal wires and point rodding at the signal box are now complete and await the task of connecting up to all points north and south!
The new spring hand lever to operate the Headshunt points at Broadway North has been delivered - this wasn't fitted today as a modified connection coupling is required - got to save something for next week!
Bit cold today with intermittent snow flurries, but another good box ticked.