Bridge Sides

October 18, 2015

 

A Golden Spike

October 11, 2015
We have at last completed the basic oval of track and marked the point where 'East meets West' with golden track spikes in the final sleeper laid. Now we can have journeys of up to infinite length!



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Bridge Deck Completed

September 30, 2015


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Deck Ironwork

September 20, 2015
We still haven't really got the hang of regular progress reports. A month or so of dodging the weather and measuring, marking, cutting, drilling, cleaning, painting and welding means the ironwork for the bridge deck is now in place.



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A complete abutment

August 7, 2015
A few days ago we completed one abutment at last. Final stage was to fix in place the plate to which the main beams will be attached. Decided it would be a good idea to drill and tap some small holes in the plate and use bolts in these holes to allow precise adjustment and get it perfectly level. The bolts were removed and holes filled after the grout it rests on had set, leaving a perfectly flat steel plate to fix the main beams to. The plastic bags in the background of the second pict...
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Sad News

June 18, 2015
Sad news reached us today when we discovered that Eric Walker (builder of our steam engine No. 10) passed away last Christmas. We had a lovely time and were warmly welcomed by Eric and his wife Gloria when we enjoyed an inspirational visit to his Kirton Light Railway. Since then we have received much help and encouragement from Eric with building our KLR. We've appreciated Eric's help over the years and he will be sadly missed by us.
There was much more to Eric's life than the building o...
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Jigging the jig

June 13, 2015
A few days of bright sunshine earlier this week meant we could make a jig to hold the holding down bolts in position and add the last half ton or so concrete into the abutments. The polystyrene cones around the bolts (to be removed once the concrete has set) allow for final adjustments to the positions of the bolts to make sure they fit into the base plates that the main beams will be fitted to. The voids left by the cones will be filled with construction grout to hold the bolts firmly...
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Gearing up for work

June 8, 2015
We've just come inside after baling out the water that had collected in the top sections of the bridge abutments not yet filled with concrete. We were being bitten by midges so it must be warming up. Hopefully we can now move on from how we left things at the end of last year (as shown in the picture below) and get the holding down bolts that will hold the bridge deck onto the abutments concreted into place.



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Bridge Design

May 19, 2015

Here are a couple of screenshots of our bridge design taken from our Solidworks drawing. To give a sense of scale, the main beams (shown in grey) are about 10 feet (3metres) long and 6 inches (150 millimetres) deep. We're waiting for the weather to get warmer and drier before concreting the holding down bolts into the abutments. We're still hearing the phrase 'risk of frost' on the weather forecast in this part of the world.


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Oh Snow

April 26, 2015
Having had a couple of weeks of Spring/Summer like weather our thoughts had been turning towards bridge building. It was quite a surprise to look up from typing the previous post and see that it was snowing. It's still piling up now, so no chance of concreting in our newly acquired holding down bolts for a while.


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