There are currently about 300 tons of ballast stored at Little Buckland, and more is on the way. We therefore need to move some of it and on to the future trackbed, to make room for more.
The 6T dumper for this job was delivered to Broadway in error. Your blogger received a phone call, had he seen a large dumper by any chance? He had. Would he drive it down to Little Buckland, where the JCB was waiting to fill it? He would.
Can you imagine that coal train that came down here in August 1976? Just a few minutes more, and it would derail on Chicken Curve at Winchcombe, thus effectively closing the line. Such is fate.
A short length of ballast has already been spread out in order to narrow the piles and let traffic through.
The thin white stripe in the distance is the site where we are now dumping this ballast - it's the roll of Terram being spread out.
Approaching the work site, you can see the first piles already dumped on the Terram, with bridge 4, Peasebrook Farm, just beyond (white posts)
The red arrow marks Broadway Goods shed, now in the hands of the Caravan club.
Peasebrook Farm bridge is the limit of phase 2, about 800m beyond the end of phase 1.
It's quite a long drive up to the drop. The factors limiting the speed of the process were the size of the bucket on the JCB, and the number and size of the dumpers.
More dumpers (or bigger ones) and a faster digger would make us more productive, so a call went out for a 360 with a larger bucket.
Enquiries are being made for a second dumper tomorrow, preferrably a 9 tonner. Not easy to get just like that, let's see tomorrow what they came up with.
Further up this road is Buckland Manor at the foot of the hill, which the 1904 contractor Walter Scott purchased, because he liked it here. He then became master of the Broadway hunt, so it all connects!
We hope to be a bit faster tomorrow. The distance will slowly shorten, and there should be an extra dumper on site - keep your fingers crossed !