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Above: Mike Dobson constructing the shuttering for the final bearing plinths.

Above: The crew work into the night in order to get everything ready for the
final concrete pour.

Above: It is most essential that the concrete plinths are absolutely level
before the bearings can be fitted. Working in the cold
and under two kilowatts of light the team have the level down to and accuracy
of half a millimetre over twelve feet.

Above: With the final concrete work complete and all the shuttering removed the
holding bolts are ready to receive the bearing blocks.

Above: After having been restored at Ramsey Shipyard the massive axle is transported to itís
final resting place at Laxey. The load was under the management of Fred Quay of
JCK Ltd and driven by Les Bunn.
The crew from Apex Cranes prepare the ground for the cranes outriggers.

Above: Mark Stringer and Paul Geddes fit the pitch pine bearing seats on the plinths prior to
the blocks going in. The timber is important for the reduction of wear on the bearing.