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#1 Captain Kernow

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 20:19

We have been busy in Exeter Riverside Yard over the last few weeks, with a near-continuous blockade of the yard, to effect a considerable number of track renewals to many of the points there. Now that NR has charge of most of the yard, we have started a programme of improvement works, that have seen much (but not yet all) of the foliage removed and much track fettling done.

Most of the point components are brand new bullhead parts supplied to our specific order, to fit the track geometry of the site.

Exeter St Davids station end:

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Cowley Bridge Jct end:

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The 'ladder' at the Cowley end, looking towards St Davids station:

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Looking in the Up direction towards Cowley Bridge Jct:

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Work fettling the plain line in one of the sidings:

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Tools of the trade (basic!):

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Tool of the trade (a bit more modern):

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More views:

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I would add that all photos were taken under safe working conditions and with appropriate permissions during the course of a work-related visit.

Edited by Captain Kernow, 06 August 2012 - 20:27 .

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 20:33

Brilliant photo's CK, This may sound like a daft question, but in the first few pictures of the point there are two different sizes of ballast, course around the blades then a finer grade around the frog, is there a reason for this?

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#3 Brinkly

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 20:37

Another daft question, but what will the yard be used for Tim? (Not that I have anything against refitting the yard!)

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 20:53

This may sound like a daft question, but in the first few pictures of the point there are two different sizes of ballast, course around the blades then a finer grade around the frog, is there a reason for this?

Not such a daft question, in fact, I think I will ask some questions myself tomorrow, and find out!!! :D

Another daft question, but what will the yard be used for Tim? (Not that I have anything against refitting the yard!)


The yard is used by revenue-earning freight traffic, to recess and re-marshall trains (DB Schenker still do this kind of activity, albeit not as frequently as in time past). There is also an increasing need to stable 'yellow' inspection & monitoring type trains and this location is ideally suited. Finally, there are always other renewals works taking place each year (mostly over the Autumn/Winter/Spring in the South West area), and we need sidings to stable engineers trains and the like.
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 23:41

Fond memories of Riverside. When I was young, I used to walk across to catch a bus in Exwick to take me to school, when of course the goods avoiding lines were still in place, and there was a member of staff to cover the level crossing.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 00:04

I spy I spy, a BH Y-point Tim?

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Well, I'm certainly glad you don't waste your days idle ;) :D

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 01:33

I spy I spy, a BH Y-point Tim?


No, it's an ordinary left-hand turnout laid into a right-hand curve (contraflexure). I've drawn some yellow lines on the rail edges and you can see that there is a set (bend) in the left-hand stock rail only:

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True Y-turnouts, with a set in both stock rails, are really quite rare on the prototype -- much rarer than in models.

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#8 Gordon A

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 05:55

Tim,

What is the attachment on the end of the hydraulic excavator for?

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#9 Captain Kernow

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:34

Tim,

What is the attachment on the end of the hydraulic excavator for?

Gordon A
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It appeared to be involved in tamping the siding...

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 17:09

Tim,

What is the attachment on the end of the hydraulic excavator for?

Gordon A
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It is indeed a tamping attachment.

Acton seems to be getting similiar refurbishment too................good to see
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#11 The Stationmaster

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 17:43

It is indeed a tamping attachment.

Acton seems to be getting similiar refurbishment too................good to see


Does Acton also involve some enabling works? There seems to be some retaining wall resiting going on there as well as trackwork.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 17:48

Does Acton also involve some enabling works? There seems to be some retaining wall resiting going on there as well as trackwork.

Apparently there is a grade-separated junction being built to avoid Down goods trains having to cross the Relief lines on the level; this is part of the CrossRail enabling works.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 18:17

Apparently there is a grade-separated junction being built to avoid Down goods trains having to cross the Relief lines on the level; this is part of the CrossRail enabling works.

Indeed - that is why I wondered if it is a bit more than simple relaying?

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 18:33

On one or two photo,s I noticed that yellow paint was certain parts of the swich,one of the patches almost looked like peco rail joners?

#15 Captain Kernow

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 20:30

On one or two photo,s I noticed that yellow paint was certain parts of the swich,one of the patches almost looked like peco rail joners?

Yes, the modern bullhead fishplates seem to have an additional 'belly' portion, which does give that effect. It is presumably for added strength in the fishplate.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 22:23

Yes, the modern bullhead fishplates seem to have an additional 'belly' portion, which does give that effect. It is presumably for added strength in the fishplate.

Typical deep-skirted fishplates by the look of them - Southernman46 will no doubt be able to elaborate if they are a recent development of the earlier deep-skirted type?

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 10:14

Beats doing EM with C & L!!!!!! Great pics Cap'n. I remember Riverside as a really busy environment in the mid 60s and maybe later too. Great fun during the 60s floods!!
P @ 36E

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 21:13

Not sure where to post this, but is this bad news from the seaside near Dawlish?

http://www.bbc.co.uk...-devon-20525046

I'm sure that CK can advise on the misrepresentations in the report.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 21:36

Not sure where to post this, but is this bad news from the seaside near Dawlish?

http://www.bbc.co.uk...-devon-20525046

I'm sure that CK can advise on the misrepresentations in the report.


Post 78 on this thread http://www.rmweb.co....od/page__st__75 gives some info care of CK.

#20 Captain Kernow

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:47

Some images of activity in Riverside Yard a week ago yesterday (Friday 23/11/12). Engineering trains for the Barnstaple blockade unfortunately sitting idle, due to the flooding at Cowley Bridge Jct preventing them working on and off the branch:

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#21 Donw

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:43

Nice to see some 'proper trackwork' I always think Bullhead produces a neater result. The photo of the ladder at Cowley facing St D seems to show some dodgy alignments rather than smooth curves. I think you might be picked up on it if you made trackwork like that on the club layout. The angle of view shows the set in the stock rails at the blades very clearly. Interesting photos thanks for sharing.
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:08

Beats doing EM with C & L!!!!!! Great pics Cap'n. I remember Riverside as a really busy environment in the mid 60s and maybe later too. Great fun during the 60s floods!!
P @ 36E


Seems like some things never change given this weeks events.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:13

Interesting to see they are using the new ultra quiet track for the renewal - metal sleepers and wooden square section rail - hope it has been given a 20 year treatment, wouldn't want to be the one putting down Cuprinol each year.
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Posted 01 December 2012 - 19:36

Great pictures.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 15:30

Not such a daft question, in fact, I think I will ask some questions myself tomorrow, and find out!!! :D

The yard is used by revenue-earning freight traffic, to recess and re-marshall trains (DB Schenker still do this kind of activity, albeit not as frequently as in time past). There is also an increasing need to stable 'yellow' inspection & monitoring type trains and this location is ideally suited. Finally, there are always other renewals works taking place each year (mostly over the Autumn/Winter/Spring in the South West area), and we need sidings to stable engineers trains and the like.

Did you find out about the ballast?
How did the smaller stuff stand up to all the water recently?
Cheers.







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