Up line on Hayle Viaduct is no more, (Photo 1) 7019 removes two track panel lifters F01 & F02 for transportation by rail to Gwinear Road one of the staging posts for the Viaduct renewal.
(photos 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7) at Gwinear Road track panel lifters are offloaded and Unimog U1540 is taken off the rails and they are all put on a lorry for road haulage to Carlisle, they are owned and operated by McCulloch they are expected to return in two week time.
We are informed that the down platform at St Erth is completely closed off as all trains on the shuttle between St Ives & Penzance are using the crossover to gain the down line.
At 11.30 Roger Winnen reported that all that is left on the viaduct was the down line which extends for about three quarters of the way across. At that time excavators had removed some of the old ballast at the St Erth end of the viaduct revealing the old timbers beneath. Once these have been removed and replaced by new presumably the down line will be progressively be cut back. The cunning plan is being revealed!! Spent ballast being removed is taken across the up track side of the viaduct in dumpers and then transferred to a rail borne lorries for further distribution in a field alongside the track towards Gwinear.