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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Tuesday at Tanfield

Dave strimming the bankside down to Marley Hill shed
At East Tanfield, Kevin & Bill cleaning shuttering for concreting
Steve & Bill retrieving more shuttering .....
..... which Rob & Kevin hammer clean
Ian separating damaged blockwork from brickwork on the main platform wall
Dave & Steve clearing ballast (& Ian fetching diesel)
Larger chunks go straight into the dumper
Sometimes the top course of brickwork comes adrift - Dave tidies up for relaying
Bait time around the buckets
Ian receiving the first load of dolomite .....
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)
...... & Dave taking delivery of the further waggon loads - for ET carriage shed floor
Ian loading the dumper (& Steve removing mesh fencing)
Steve helping Ian change the digger bucket 
I'm on the dumper as Ian starts to load the platform fill above the level of the brickwork
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon) 
There's a hundred or so tons to remove before placing formers for concreting
About 20% of the platform blockwork is being cleared manually
Bill using the electric pick to try to separate faulty block from good brick
Dave & Rob getting closer to the end of the job ......
..... but the remainder will wait until Wednesday
At the end of the day, we're about half way through stripping the blockwork & fill

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