Heavy Plant Crossing

For the last week our quiet little cul-de-sac neighbourhood has become the proverbial heavy plant crossing.

It began on Tuesday, when  this appeared outside our front gate.

They broke a hole through the concrete fence at the end of the road and started clearing the ground on this side of the railway line. Over the next couple of days more pieces of earth-moving equipment came and went, with the beeping of reversing lorries, the crash of stones being offloaded.

By Thursday there were rows of railway sleepers, and piles of ballast, so what was going on?

Were they building a new station over the road? Convenient for public transport, if they are, but also the noise and in the increase in traffic could be a bit much. Or are they building a new siding, or re-aligning the tracks on the main line?

On Friday they worked right through the night, with trains passing slowly and hooting all the time. They had generators going to light up the scene, providing this view from our bedroom window.

And when dawn was breaking they were still at it.

Perhaps we’ll only know what it is when they’ve finished. Or perhaps not. Anyway it’s provided a lot of entertainment, even for the dogs, who bark with each new piece of equipment that arrives, and then watch to see what it does.

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