The first major task of the Infrastructure Upgrade project was to obtain suitable concrete sleepers to be used on the track relay at Harmby. A search for the ‘Goldilocks’ sleepers was carried out. They needed to be in good condition, not too far away, not too dificult to extract and at the right price ! A location was identified, and a team send to recover these precious assets.
Firstly several decades of weeds and brambles needed to be removed to uncover the ‘mother lode’, then the fittings were removed for re-use (or in many cases located scattered in the ballast), then the TeleHandler was used to lift the sleepers and move them to a collection point.
The next task is to transport them to the relay site.