Tuesday 18th May
Another use for some spare point rodding was being developed today to make the signalman's life a bit easier in the event of motor point malfunction.
If this happens the signalman has to walk from the signalbox to the points in order to wind them over with a hand crank and then the points have to be clipped for safety. Carrying a (not light) point clip over this distance is somewhat tiring. So the plan is to have a secure place at the points to mount a clip and make it vandal proof.
Here is a mock up of the proposed unit.
Five lengths of rodding have been prepared
Here John P is cutting the ends with the angle grinder to prepare a point to make it easier to hammer into the ballast
Then they will be made secure with a bed of concrete
A rectangular slot will be cut into the top of rod into which the clip can be locked .
So each motor point will have a secure local clip for use in emergency with only a key needed for the lock!
The deconstructed back blind has been cleaned up and has been given a coat of green primer
And the post holding the keypad at Winchcombe gate has received its cream and brown top coats