A massive amount of effort culminated today (22nd August) in a track-laying party at the box.
We'd levelled off an area in the NE corner of the site close to our Midland Railway ground frame. Today we laid geotextile and sleepers:
Using one of the few permanent way tools we have, one end of the first stock rail was lifted onto a large trolley we have:
A 'dolly' (steel plate with wheels) was placed under the other end and the whole rail moved to the far end of the site where it was lifted into place:
The second stock rail was moved similarly, and finally the point blades (first one seen here):
(As Bear 1923 could tell you, that's me at the front of the blade!)
The end result of the day's work:
We need to adjust the track and sleepers relative to each other before the former are screwed down to the latter. It does look as though we shall be able to recreate the Talyllyn Railway's 2ft3in gauge, which is rather nice as that's where the point came from.
(Note, by the way, our first 'leaf on the line'!)
Lot of work to do to sort out the steelwork to operate the point from the ground frame, ballast the track etc.