One of the very necessary but frequently not seen events on the railway is track maintenance and repair. Often done during the night to avoid disruption to timetables, most of us are probably only aware of them when the announcement is made "We apologise for the late running/cancellation of your train this morning due to over-running engineering works"! The following photographs were taken whilst trackwork was being replaced at Riddlesdown, on the Oxted line, during daylight hours.
Cutting In this photograph the rail is being cut to the required length.

photograph by John Lewis

Here the track panels are being placed in position on the new ballast.

photograph by John Lewis

Done The new track is now in position and the Engineer's train is ready to leave.

photograph by John Lewis

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