The Future Maintenance Facility will be installed on the horse dock siding under the white car. It will have a 9 inch thick base of concrete with two mats of reinforcing in it, with a concrete block wall behind. Two steel containers will be placed on top.
|Picture by kind permission of Brian Parsons|
From the smoke you can see that this train was going at some lick. No ambling branch line trains on this railway, this was a double track main line, with main line speeds. The freight trains thundered through Broadway station, and shook the lights in the workers houses next door.
Do you realise that the GWSR is the only preserved GWR main line? It makes us unique. What fun it would be to have a stretch of such double track somewhere along the line, to show what it was like.
After further thought on the matter, it has been decided to lift the levels at the southern end a little higher still, so more material has to go in. Today we dealt with 6 lorry loads of track ballast, which we took down to the far end.
This is the view at the end of today - perhaps a bit hard to see, but the rear end is track ballast (light grey) and the front end is type 1 (slightly more brown). We are here extending the track ballast towards the camera, reaching something over the half way point at lunch time, when we stopped.
The end nearest the camera now needs another layer of type 1, which is the job for tomorrow.