Sparks Flying!

 

Work continues towards Trethall halt with modifications to the rails which involves cutting to the correct length to match the opposite rail. We then have to drill the bolt holes that hold the fishplates in place so that the two rails are joined. This is where you get the clickety clack as the engine goes over the joints.Why, you may ask, don't we use the same length of rail on both sides ? Well, we do if we have matching pairs. Unfortunately, our rail comes from different sources, some from other railway societies and some from disused railways so, they all vary in length. It is Ray the team leader of the trackside team that inspects and measures the rail and tries to match them together so that it makes our job easier and faster to reach our goal of the halt.