Okehampton platform 2 siding extension project stage 2



Prompted by security fears after the July 2017 vandal attack on the Polar Express stock at Meldon, work started on a further extension of the platform 2 siding at Okehampton. The project added 330 metres of track, roughly on the formation of the former down line, so that the 11 car Polar Express train can now be stabled in safety at Okehampton.


Looking remarkably like a train arriving on the down line, here's the PE stock in the newly extended siding.
Photographer: Geoff Horner
Date taken: 09/10/2017



First test 12/09/2017


Photographer: Paul Martin
Date taken: 12/09/2017



Photographer: Paul Martin
Date taken: 12/09/2017



In case you were wondering where the track came from for the siding extension..
Photographer: Tom Baxter
Date taken: 05/02/2017



DR's track laying machine
Photographer: Tom Baxter
Date taken: 09/09/2017



Update 10/09/2017


Photographer: Sue Baxter
Date taken: 10/09/2017



Update 02/09/2017


Photographer: Jon Kelsey
Date taken: 02/09/2017



Update 30/08/2017


Further progress as sleepers are laid.
Photographer: Tony Hill
Date taken: 30/08/2017




Update 26/08/2017

In the last month the trackbed has been cleared, levelled and ballasted. Two redundant sidings at Meldon have been taken up to provide the rails and fittings. The photos below give an idea of the current state of play, and the length of the siding.

Photographer: Jon Kelsey
Date taken: 26/08/2017



Photographer: Jon Kelsey
Date taken: 26/08/2017



Photographer: Jon Kelsey
Date taken: 26/08/2017






Update 29/07/2017



Work under way on the siding extension. In the background Thumper 1132 is stabled on the track added last year.
Photographer: Paul Martin
Date taken: 27/07/2017



Brian Mills indicating the limit of the planned new extension
Photographer: Paul Martin
Date taken: 27/07/2017