Since it was not just dry but sunny today I’ve made some progress on Moel Rhos Phase 3 (yes, I know I haven’t finished Phase 2 which is around 5 years overdue, but I’m not big on doing things in order).
The photograph shows the end of the line as is and the new trackbed running through what will become the station area.
As a general rule I don’t remember to take a ‘before’ picture until I’m taking the ‘after’ picture and alas, today is no exception.
The trackbed here is larch (breaking Tony W’s rule 1) and I am experimenting with using plastic drainpipe uprights (the idea being to use plastic where there is contact with the ground). Around a foot of 2×2 is inserted into the top of the drainpipe and this is fixed to the larch trackbed. The 2×2 can then be adjusted up or down to get the level, before screwing through the plastic into the wood to fix it. It appears to be surprisingly stable!
There is still an inner loop to build and then the ground will be built up beneath as a raised bed.