Saturday was another good laying day, with 8 pairs of rails in - another 150 yards nearer to Broadway. It was meant to be more, but a number of catch up jobs had to be done (correctly placing the sleepers hastily laid when the Telehandler developed a puncturelast week, straightening trackwork ready for ballasting, sleeper spacing et al) so that emptying all 300 sleepers off the two bogie flats as well was too much to ask. If it hadn't been for that tire...
So how far did they get this time?
Looking forward, and with a fair bit of zoom on the camera, you can see the current target at bridge 4 where the ballast ends. Looks like a short stroll; actually it's almost exactly 500 yards still.
Once at Peasebrook Farm, we'll be into non running days, winter maintenance, and the need to advance the ballast along the last stretch to the station, and beyond to Springfield Lane bridge.
Here's the current target, bridge 4. It's an occupation bridge that used to link two halves of a farm, now owned separately.
The yellow post is a new marker put down to aid the alignment of the track as it is being laid up to this point.
Broadway goods shed is in the middle - red, with a big white door.
More track laying on Saturday, of course. But also hard work on Wednesday. The 6 Dogfish loaded earlier at Stanton will be dropped on the Laverton former storage siding (now plain line, without ballast), but before you can do that, you need to have your track as straight and as much in the correct place as possible. With 120 tons of ballast on top, it isn't going to move any more! The Wednesday team will be tweaking the track and straightening the sleepers, before the ballast train comes, in a window between two DMU sorties to the limit of operation. There's going to be pressure that morning, fingers crossed that they will make it in time.
Another two wagon loads of rail arrived on Monday. That's why the wagons at Buckland had to be cleared.
Here is a pile of fascia boards made up, ready for riveting.
Work has been suspended for the moment as the workshop used, the former GWR goods shed, is getting a sorely needed rewire, to improve reliability and safety after 35 years of make do and mend.
At Broadway, there's been another delivery of the replica GWR platform lamp posts we have commissioned.
When Broadway has been equipped, it will be possible to sell further copies to the general public, generating a small profit for the railway, so if you want one for your garden or to support your local GWR railway, get in touch.
The signalman is leaning out to hand over the token for the section to Winchcombe. It's cold, and there is plenty of steam as the loco starts to accelerate the train away.