Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Bridge So Far ...

Time for a quick update on the progress made, so far, on the embankment that will twice carry the extended branch line over the main line, before entering the new Lake End station. 
The location of this new station is going to be just beyond the pillar, seen in the foreground of the second photo, and will probably be a single platform with lines either side.
Because of the slight difference in height between where the branch terminus was previously situated and its new location, we have had to introduce a bit of a gradient between the tunnel and the brick bridge, which is as far as we reached last weekend. 
This gradient is not too severe but does bring to mind the 1 in 50 on much of the Somerset and Dorset as it traversed the Mendip Hills!
The old Tri-ang brick bridge, which is going to be weathered before it is permanently fixed to the base board, will carry the railway over a minor road. It will also sit beside a larger bridge that will carry the branch line over the main line.
The boards of this embankment have yet to be fixed in place, as has the track of course, and we plan to make further progress with this at the weekend.


  1. It's looking good. I really like seeing people's works in progress. Hope in turns out as good, if not better, than you hoped.

  2. Hi Jackofallhobbies,

    Many thanks for your comment and I apologize for not replying sooner. At the moment we are very pleased with the way it is progressing and cannot wait to get the trains running again. Hopefully I will be able to post a video soon of a loco 'testing' the track ... fingers crossed!