Latest report and photos by Pete Matthews:
The arms have now been fitted to
signal 1A and the bracket signal 7A/7B. A lot of work still
remains to fit and adjust all the mechanics, and wire-up the motors,
detector boxes and lamps. The motors will go in the
galvanised boxes at the base of the posts. The arms have a
single red spectacle glass, as per the original McKenzie &
Holland signals – the LED lamp units will show a green light when the
arm is lowered.
A temporary colour-light home signal has been installed, utilising the
old post from Blaenau platform, as the trident will not be ready in
time. The advance starter likewise may temporarily be a
colour-light, mounted on the old home signal post.
Simon Hose and Ben Boulter have moved the staff instrument from the
guards' room to the new signalbox, where it has been mounted on its new
cupboard, along with the refurbished slide-drawer for clearing the
advance starter. Space has been left for a token instrument
for the section to Pont Croesor. The cupboard will house the
batteries for the staff instrument. The remote operator has
been mounted on the back-board behind the staff instrument: there will
also be an indicator and replacement plunger for the starter signal
mounted on the back-board.
The new illuminated diagram has been installed and wired up.
Bells have been installed: one will be operated by the plunger used by
the driver of a train waiting admittance at Britannia Bridge, the other
will announce the arrival of a down train.
Work continues on bonding the rails for the new track-circuits, and
commissioning the track circuits. This work is being hampered
in the Spooners ground frame area, as the track in this area is filled
in with ballast for the time being to form an access road for the
paving contractors vehicles.
Also shown is a photo of the new Spooners Ground-Frame control box.
The photos show tthe latest progress with the block paving, the
walls, and the new doors on the end of Spooners which will give access
to the beer garden. The new block paving has reached the beer
garden area, and paving work has now switched to the old platform area
re-using the recovered paviours.
The Tuesday Gang spent the 4th March at Harbour station,
firstly completing the digging out of the Caernarfon end WHR
point and then tamping it with Kango hammers. This point had been
with ballast so that the contractors vehicles could enter the site from
this location. Once this task was finished the gang moved down to the
points on the FR line where the run-round loop commences.
We jacked up the point to get the correct height in relation
to the platform and the correct distance from the platform. Time did
not allow for us to start packing and once the correct position was
established the jacks were left in situ for packing to commence the
next day. Report and picture by Tony Baker
5th March 2014
The latest video report from John Wooden shows clips of tracklaying,
signalling work, paving the platforms and erecting the new fence beside
The the first panels have been placed in the new fence beside the
The fence is intended to keep members of the public away from the
will be liable to move without warning as they will be operated
The barrow crossing at the far end of the new platform has now been
completed with the assistance of the Tuesday Gang South
John Wooden has published the seventh instalment of his video
chronicling the remodelling of Harbour station
Signalling work is almost complete and is about to be
tested with trains:
Three and Four roads are taking shape in the yard:
The combined strength of the Tuesday Gangs plus a couple of permanent
staff were at
Harbour Station today where they topped up ballast, shovel packed and
finally Kango tamped the FR Platform Road.
Three and Four Roads are being laid by Rest of the World Gang and
contractors are at work paving the beer garden. Posts are in place for
the glass screens round the beer garden.