New point work takes shape at Mosley Street Stop

Work at Mosley Street Station has restarted after a week or so of seeming inactivity.
New point work is being welded in preparation for installation and the track in the station is getting its new very attractive paving.
A new area of Piccadilly Gardens has also been fenced off and the old track is being ripped out.

New pointwork at Mosley Street Station
New pointwork at Mosley Street Station

New diamond for Delta Junction
New diamond for Delta Junction

As you can see from the photos, it rains quite a lot in Manchester!

Steven Johnson Rail Engineering Services Ltd is formed!

Yes I have taken the plunge SJRES Ltd has been formed.
So I am now officially a Director, yes I know it is not Microsoft or anything, but from small acorns…. and all that.
Still a few things to sort out, business account, VAT registrations but it is all under way.

SJRES Ltd Certificate of Incorporation
SJRES Ltd Certificate of Incorporation

I am still working three days a week up in Manchester, which suits me brilliantly. So perhaps I will not end up owning the biggest company in the world, but I prefer this to being an employee. For the moment anyway.

Manchester Metro, again

I have been in Manchester again this week. Three days working with Stagecoach helping to manage work on the city centre tram upgrade. The track removal seems to be going OK, but getting the new rails back in the deck seems to be a little steady.

Work continues on High Street
Work continues on High Street

It is good to meet up with old colleagues from VolkerRail. I am sure we will have fun working together!
The rails are nearly complete around Victoria
The rails are nearly complete around Victoria

It would also be great if the beautiful Manchester weather would stop getting us all wet. Being from the East of the country I was never really aware of just how much it rains in Manchester!

A report from Munster

I am back from Munster now I really enjoyed the visit, got a little bit sun burnt and saw some new ideas at the show.

Overview of the show.
Overview of the show.

I visited the show with Carsten Eichberg and Kevin Shilcock, Kevin and I flew into Düsseldorf airport from where Carsten picked us up for a dash down the Autobahn to Munster. After checking in to our accommodation (a Church hostel, quite nice actually) we managed to find a local pub to have a few beers and a Potato Salad and Sausage.
Kevin and Carsten at the show.
Kevin and Carsten at the show.

One of the most interesting things at the show was the new S&C excavation machine from SERSA and MATISA. They have joined forces to develop a machine to be used to excavate the ballast for an S&C renewal in quicker time. I would be very keen to see the machine work. However I have a few concerns about the machine, not least the safety of working next to the cutting wheel, I think they may need to put some form of guard around it.
The SERSA MATISA S&C excavation machine
The SERSA MATISA S&C excavation machine

Anyway, thats enough on my trip to Munster.