Progress Report No. 20: Loftus platform – construction commences

In Progress Report No. 18, mention was made of the proposed construction of a platform near my front driveway – along with the background story to it being named LOFTUS.

Preliminary works were undertaken when, with the aid of the ‘dozer, we attempted (not totally successfully!) to provide a straight track for the platform facing. Bad luck – not completely straight, so Josh will have to work around it!

Image 2016/4456 – Having cleared the access from my driveway through my “garden” to the proposed station area, Mario commences to clear the base area adjacent to the railway. Sunday, 30/10/2016.

2016-4456: Mario commences to clear the base area adjacent to the railway.

2016-4456: Mario commences to clear the base area adjacent to the railway.

Image 2016/4458 – Straightening out the curvature – may-be! Sunday, 30/10/2016.

2016-4458: Straightening out the curvature – may-be!

2016-4458: Straightening out the curvature – may-be!

Image 2016/4669 – Having already marked out the centreline for the uprights to support the platform edging, Josh commences to manually bore the necessary holes. Monday, 7/11/2016.

2016-4669: Josh commences to manually bore the necessary holes.

2016-4669: Josh commences to manually bore the necessary holes.

Image 2016/4671 – The general site of the future platform, with Josh continuing to bore that hole! Monday, 7/11/2016.

2016-4671: The general site of the future platform, with Josh continuing to bore that hole!

2016-4671: The general site of the future platform, with Josh continuing to bore that hole!

Image 2016/4682 – The concrete for the first upright is poured – or should it be “shovelled”? Note the timberwork (and spirit level), to ensure a constant distance for the uprights from the railhead. Tuesday, 8/11/2016.

2016-4682: The concrete for the first upright is poured – or should it be “shovelled”?

2016-4682: The concrete for the first upright is poured – or should it be “shovelled”?

Image 2016/4749 – The platform facing timbers are cut precisely to length by Josh, as Ben is busy in the background on the ride-on lawn mower, attempting to keep what passes for lawn, to a respectable condition. Wednesday, 16/11/2016.

2016-4749: The platform facing timbers are cut precisely to length by Josh

2016-4749: The platform facing timbers are cut precisely to length by Josh

Image 2016/4751 – Inserting the platform facing timbers. The metal uprights will later be covered by hollowed-out timber uprights. Wednesday, 16/11/2016.

2016-4751: Inserting the platform facing timbers.

2016-4751: Inserting the platform facing timbers.

Image 2016/4752 – The platform facing gradually takes shape. Wednesday, 16/11/2016.

2016-4752: The platform facing gradually takes shape

2016-4752: The platform facing gradually takes shape

Image 2016/4795 – The completed platform face. A top “edge” is still be to be added, while an agricultural drain will be laid for the full length behind the timbers, before backfilling. Tuesday, 22/11/2016.

2016-4795: The completed platform face.

2016-4795: The completed platform face.


To be continued in a further Progress Report.

Cheers,
Pete
Pete’s Hobby Railway

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