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Work in Progress - Thursday 27th November

A very wet and miserable day for the volunteers on the Thursday Group at Woody Bay. However work must go on and today we were tasked with the regauging of two left-hand turnouts (points). 

 Partially dismantled turnouts laid out in the car park ready for regauging

 The partially dismantled turnouts laid out in the car park ready for the regauging.

These turnouts are ex MoD 2' 6" gauge (50lb weight per yard rail) and will be used this winter to replace the lighter weight turnouts during the track remodelling at the Lynton end of Woody Bay station. The new track layout will see twin tracks leading direct from the station to the shed with the left hand crossover linking. The position of one of the turnouts will eventually be in the virtually exact 1935 position with a shunting disc signal controlled from the signal cabin protecting the run-round and off-shed movements.

Fixing down the first regauged section of turnout

Fixing down the first regauged section of turnout

For the regauging, the turnouts have been laid out in the car park after a survey to map out the exact curvature involved. The first job was to dismantle most of the turnouts before moving the rails in to gauge at one end. Then using a Jim-Crow some rails were bent and slewed across. The base plates were reattached and screwed down to the sleepers in the new positions. It is slow progress but effectively what were two left hand turnouts are being converted into a curved point and a 'Y' point respectively. 

 Cutting out a section of steel plate from the turnout

Cutting out a section of steel plate from the turnout.

 

 

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