Tuesday 18th May
You may remember from last week's blog that we had an eventful wrestle with the turnbuckle on the detector rod at the Winchcombe PWay yard points - so this week it was decided to replace the ground signal controlling these points - it has shed most of its paint and is in a rather sorry state.
So here we go with John P and Malcolm W - luckily most of the bolts yielded without too much drama.
We have the replacement ready to go in the barrow- here's the "before and after"
In order to fully dismantle, the balance weight has to be removed from the arm. To do this the securing bolt has to be removed, but you may have noticed in the above picture that this bolt, at some point in the past, has been sheared off. Attempts to drill it out failed
So we resorted to more serious tactics. It came off quite easily using a sledge hammer!! Luckily we have spares of these 20 pounders.
So off to the metal skip with the bits.
The re-conditioned signal was put in position and secured to its sleeper with four new coach screws (the old ones were suffering some serious rust).
The yellow and white spectacle disc needs a re-paint before it is replaced so the signal will be out of action for a short while - job for the Wednesday or Thursday gang
Since we have been able to come back in limited numbers on any one day we have spread ourselves over several days so there is a bit more continuity.