The drivers took quite an interest in our project - not being from around here - and several stopped for a few moments after their long trip for a chat.
It was lovely to hear a new accent, this driver being from the village of Clearwell itself. Forest of Dean talk meets Gloucestershire burr. Arrrrrrr.
A few then carried on up to Naunton for a return load. Cotswold stone, while nearby, is of course completely unsuitable for our work, as it soon crumbles (viz my drive, after several skip lorries had been up and down it, the stone is now crushed to a fine dust)
We still have several more loads to come, and are now stockpiling it on the Broadway side of the bridge, ready for top ballasting the track after it is laid. We saved quite a bit of money by getting the order in just prior to a rise in the price.
A couple of extra dumps were made in the curve, which Steve levelled out to make up to the required 8 inches.
Incidentally, the laser theodolite does not send out a single beam, but has a revolving laser source, so you can pick up the signal from anywhere around it, until you are out of sight round a curve. You then move the theodolite to the next point, and recalibrate. That is the time consuming bit.
Beyond Peasebrook farm, no clearance work has as yet been started - until now.
Making good use of the hired in dumper, it was decided to move some piles of greenery that have been an eyesore along the trackbed for a number of years.
Tom and Adam are on the job here, and you can see from Tom's Hi Viz vest that it's been raining.
|Tom vanishes out of sight, in the direction of Broadway.|
|This is the trackbed, and that's after the dumper has been through several times.|
Note the ruined platelayers' hut on the right.
Alasdair made a barrow of mortar, and then came a choice - walk it down the lorry approach road, under the bridge, back up the other side, and then along the field, or Geronimo, straight down the embankment?
It was 'Geronimo'.
The ditch mentioned in an earlier dispatch will be further dug out by Steve and the JCB, to ensure the water really does avoid the bridge and flow into a ditch a bit further along.
More digging tomorrow, and a further report should be available.