Ongoing re-sleepering of track continues, the original 1970’s jarah sleepers showing their age, especially on the extension. Go to the picture gallery for pictures of the re-sleepering methods.
The back straight was re-ballasted and levelled over April 2012.
We have started the process of lifting complete panels and digging out the bed with the FSMR tractor loader. The bed then receives a geo-tex membrane before new ballast is added and the panel is replaced on new sleepers. The record is 3 panels completed in one day. The oldest sections are being tackled first through the woods. We are also took the opportunity this spring to install an access crossing at badgers curve to allow heavy machinery access without damage to the track e.g tractor mower and JCB .At the same time, 9 panels of original track were renewed through the wooded section.
Another record in autumn 2006 with 4 panels !! replaced over the weekend of 14th 15th October 2006 in the same area back to badgers bend completing this area. We also added a new sleeper retaining walls to the bank to prevent soil erosion contamination of the ballast.
And all this with the Berkshire providing the exotic motive power for the day in the diesels absence.