Tuesday 18th Jan
In preparation for the replacement of the pointwork at Toddington by contractors (starting this week I believe) we are in the process of removing a whole load of fittings.
So, with four of us plus the Ops Manager we set off in the diesel railcar from Winchcombe with all the necessary tools including a generator to power the large angle grinder for cutting off stubborn/seized nuts.
It is necessary to:
1. disconnect and remove signal wires and stakes
2. Remove facing point lock, stretcher bars and all connecting bars and cranks
3. Remove Rodding compensator and mounting plate
4. Remove Point detection unit and mounting plate
5. Remove Point rodding and cranks
6. Remove Concrete rodding stools.
This will allow the whole area of the crossover to be dug out and be re-ballasted/regraded
Getting the FPL out:
The mounting plate for the compensator having its nuts cut off!
Signal wires cut and removed- just a few short lengths from the bracket signal remaining here
The booty unloaded from the rail car onto platform 2 at Winchcombe ready to take back for cleaning:
We have not attempted to remove the rodding stools yet because they are well secured in dirty ballast. These will be left for digging out by mechanical means.
There are also a number of other concrete blocks which will have to be dug out. I'm sure we could manage this with picks and shovels but so much easier with an excavator on site!
They will be replaced with the ones we removed from the North sidings. These have now had two wheel roller sets fitted. The bolt hole spacings for the older GWR units are a different pitch so the stools have been turned over to suit the fittings with a different hole spacing that you see here:
So plenty of cleaning and bolt sorting to follow.