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Sunday, 10 May 2020

Track Laying near Bankwell Farm

The photos below are courtesy of Ian Cowan, and show laying of WW1 era 85 lb/yd FB concrete-sleepered track panels (retrieved from British Gypsum at Cocklakes) between Burdon Plain & Causey Crossing in the early 1980s:
An NCK Pennine crawler crane lifted 3 x 40' panels at a time from the Horn's artic which had reversed up the trackbed from Causey Crossing.    The sets of 3 panels were swung round & left behind the crane.
Once most of the panels had been offloaded, the crawler lifted & swung one panel at a time back round towards Causey, placing them roughly in alignment
The hillock is over the electric feed across the trackbed - all ballast yet to be replaced
Bankwell farm crossing & gates ready to be reinstated
The panels reach up Causey East Incline as far as Burdon Plain ......
..... where the last few were offloaded directly
The photos above are courtesy of Ian Cowan 

Some years ago heavier track was used to replace these panels, but most have been reused again in shed areas.

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