Thursday 7th Nov
At last the bracket signal has arrived at Broadway! Sound the trumpets!
Firstly a reminder of where it is going
- on these 4 studs on the concrete block adjacent to the South end points.
This is probably the last "new" signal that will be erected on the GWSR
Not without its problems - bit of a worrying moment trying to get the Vic Haines lorry reversing up the ramp from the entrance to the car park but having turned round it shot up the loose ballast on full power
And made it to the top without further incident
The plan is then to lift off the main post and lower it horizontally to the ground
Then to re-fit the two dolls. These are manageable with a two man lift to "wriggle" them back into their clamps and bolt up. securely
Now to re-sling the assembly to lift it vertically.
Luckily this hiab has got a phenomenal lift height. So taking things slowly it was manoeuvred to a vertical position
And positioned onto the four studs. It fits beautifully (the wooden template used to set the studs in the concrete some weeks ago did its job well!)
Each stud already has a nut fitted underneath the baseplate so that fine tuning to get the post absolutely vertical can be achieved - just needed a few tweaks.
The assembly that holds the four pulleys to direct the signal wires vertically has to be fitted at this stage for final bolting - this fits over two of the studs on top of the baseplate
So here we are all secure and vertical - just a matter of retrieving the two slings from up on high- out with the ladders
Job done in just over an hour. Roll of honour goes to Vic Haines' driver, Neil C, Andy, George B, Malcolm W and yours truly behind the lens.
Scaffolding required next!