A day of good progress today, helped by ballast deliveries, reasonable weather, and the repair of the second dumper, thus re-doubling our capacity. Great stuff.
First trip of the day found the 'coal face' well clear of the old PWay hut, and the suspicions of a curve to the right veering off.
This is the start of the long, long curve that goes right up to the Childswickham Road bridge, past the goods shed, through Broadway station, to stop only on the approach to Springfield Lane bridge.
After tea, a conflab with Steve about the route the Terram needs to take.
It needs to be hard up against the bridge pilaster here at Pry Lane. We're not there yet, but you need to take aim from some distance away.
Here is John dropping one of his loads, with the Terram roll nearly all used up. Steve had to go off in the JCB and get two more rolls, which should see us through to Thursday.
Wednesday is one of the two PWay working days, and they came up in the road-railer Landie to chat to Steve about future plans. The next project, after Santa trains wind down, is the relay of the Winchcombe - Greet tunnel section. This will include moving the southern Winchcombe turnout further south by two coach lengths. The job is pencilled in for a period of 8 weeks, after which work will resume on the extension.
With the shorter travel time to the dumping site, there were moments when there was a 'queue' at the loading area to get your dumper filled.
At the end of the day, we had shifted everything that was there, and another 5 loads are expected tomorrow, the last of the season.
At the end of tomorrow the dumpers will go off hire for the festivities.
Here John sets out with another load of fresh ballast, attacking the slope up to the trackbed with gusto.
Will it fit your garage / in between the gate posts? It always does.
In the foreground is bridge 2, over the Childswickham Road.
In the middle distance is John's dumper, having just crossed bridge 3 over Pry Lane and discharging his load on to the freshly rolled out Terram, marked in white. This side of him, the trackbed has been scraped by Steve, making it wider and fresher looking.
From its location in the picture, the Terram will cross over from the right hand side to the left, in order to pass through the left hand (Cotswolds) opening on the bridge in the foreground.
The other (right hand) opening was going to have track on it, but this idea has been put on the back burner to save cash in the first instance.
At the 'coal face' too there were moments when there was a queue of dumpers, here following a discussion with a member of the Broadway gang who walked out to see us.
Shorty afterwards, with both loads discharged, you can see the ballast pile approaching Pry Lane, which is our target for the pre-Christmas session. It looks like we will achieve this, maybe even exceed it.
Stepping back a bit towards the PWay hut that we passed two days ago, you can see the ballast pile coming off the straight from Little Buckland and starting into the curve towards Broadway.
At the end of the day, the Terram actually reached Pry Lane bridge, although not quite yet the ballast drops - we need two more, but it was getting very dark.
Notice the little row of stones Cotswolds side to keep the cloth on the deck.
The wind then fell away just as forecast, to be replaced by rain, also as forecast. Oh well.
The last two drops did materialise after all, so now here we are at Pry Lane. Mission accomplished, but we have another day tomorrow! It was judged that we had achieved 60% of the total length to be ballasted at this stage. So 40% to go to get us to bridge 2 at Childswickham, but over a shorter distance to run.