Six of us at Broadway today to carry on with the installation of rods and wires.
Just needed 3 more lengths of rodding to complete the job. Some of this will need cutting up to connect to the four compensators once the new couplings have been delivered. This has left us with a respectable pile of about 30 lengths back at Winchcombe:
The compensators have been positioned on fabricated steel frames to hold them in position once concrete is poured. However concreting and final tweaking will have to wait until everything is connected - unfortunately we are still waiting delivery of the couplings (next week hopefully!)
And back up north all the components have now been fitted to complete connections to the headhunt point and fpl (left unconnected for the time being of course). Just the fpl to install and concrete to pour round the single support rollers and then we can concentrate on wiring up the signals:
So on to signal wire fitting. There are to be four wires running up each platform wall. Wires are supported on roller blocks - here is an example of one of many that were bolted onto their support (wait for it!)...... a short piece of rodding - one of its many uses!
We are using nuloc nuts and metric fasteners here to prevent any loosening due to vibration (not strictly heritage but not sure if you can still get BSW equivalent locking nuts) :
There will be one of these positioned every 15 feet. John P and Jim P are in action working back down platform 2 towards the signal box. Each one is fixed with screws using two rawlplugs
A view of progress looking north
All done in between dodging the trains. With P & O arriving majestically as usual: