SAK Rebuilt - Progress Report 26
Another Monday Lunchtime!
In my last progress report (25), I showed the progress that had been made by Saturday 10th March 2007 on the laying of the concrete sleepered track in the platform siding at the new Alloa station, and I made a point of returning on the following Monday lunchtime in the hope of seeing the siding completed. Somewhat to my surprise however, I found that work seemed to have gone into reverse...
1. For a reason I will discuss in connection with the next picture, this first
westward view of the point and the start of the platform siding is not taken
from from the Waggonway bridge, but from the adjacent banking. However it still
shows quite clearly that some of the rails I had seen two days before have
been lifted off. But were the rails missing from the rest of the siding?
2. Before finding out, here is the reason I wasn't standing on the Waggonway
bridge - it was closed! Since the bridge (thankfully) was not due to be
replaced this was presumably only for repairs to both it, although nothing
had been done so far.
3. Now for a view of the platform, albit not as good a view as usual! It's a
little difficult to see that the rails are missing on this side of the bridge...
4. ...but the zoom view shows this very clearly. The 'missing' rails have
simply been lifted over into the four-foot of the other track, but the big
mystery is why they were temporarily lifted into place at all!
5. Swinging the camcorder round shows little change to the future car park.
The profusion of large pipe sections is a bit surprising though, as I would
have thought they would be too big for use in the drainage for the car park
and all other drainage seems to have been finished!
6. However swinging round a little bit more reveals that the future car park
was currently being used as a crane park instead! It looks, from a distance,
that the crane previously seen constructing the SAK link road overbridge at
Parkmill in July 2006 (see Progress Report 7) is making a return visit to
the SAK. Time will tell why it is here!
7. Since I couldn't stand on the Waggonway bridge to film, it was a natural
move to walk round to the Station bridge, and here is a general view of the
new point and the works on the new siding.
8. Zooming in a bit shows the new siding a bit more clearly, including the
end of the short section which still has rails on it.
9. The last picture in this set is the view westward from the Station bridge,
included to prove (if proof were needed) that the track is now thoroughly
ballasted, and has probably had at least one visit from a tamper, although
further tamping and consolidation will doubtless be required before it is fit
to run proper trains over it!
Well this visit wasn't quite what I had expected, with the new siding looking LESS finished than it had two days before! Admittedly lifting loose rails off is no big deal, but the reason for them having been lifted on, then off again isn't clear to me!
However I still wanted to see more progress on the siding, but circumstances at work and the winter weather meant that my next look was the following Saturday morning. Perhaps the siding would be finished by then... Find out in the next progress report!
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