Tuesday 13th March
Today was the start of the task of installing the point rodding at Broadway.
It has been decided to install the rodding southwards first down to the temporary ground frame. The rodding is suspended on stools which have to be spaced 9 feet apart, so the first task is to measure and mark these intervals on the platform wall (a 9ft long plank facilitates the measuring) :
We have made a bracket to give initial support to the rodding on the steel plate. This has been positioned so that the rodding runs parallel with the platform wall and at the correct height to connect with its crank.
To secure the stools in the ballast we are making shuttering boxes into which we will cast concrete. Several of these will be made to be re-usable so that a number will be cast each time we come.
To maintain the correct height and position of the rodding as we work along, this "plank gauge" sits on and butts up against the rails :
The signals have had their out of use crosses added: