The Wednesday gang suffered from a number of notable absences today, due to personal reasons. A slightly reduced, but no less willing gang under the leadership of Robert split into three today.
1. To clip up the last three panels on the extension (the hottest job)
2. To bolt down the shelter bench at Hayles (brought their own chairs, sat in the shade and watched the trains go by; it's a tough job, but someone's got to do it)
3. To stack more sleepers at Skew bridge.
The landie busied itself round all three sites, delivering bearers to Gotherington, a generator to Hayles and bags of pandrol clips to the rail head. A report from a DMU driver and by those there today finds that the DMUs stop there quite a lot, 5 times out of 6 yesterday for example. One enthusiast frolicked around the halt all day long.
We kicked the day off by going up to the rail head via Little Buckland.
Bearers neatly stacked by the lineside from Saturday's sleeper laying were found, and loaded into the back of the Landie.
Now to go and find the others at Skew bridge.
A gang of 5 remained in the full sun on top of the embankment to clip up the last three panels laid.
The next pile is quite small, then there's another big one, and we think a smaller one behind it, but completely overgrown. We'll have to see what is useable when it eventually comes out.
Now on to Winchcombe to get the genny for the guys at Hayles. Seeing all the doors to the C&W woodwork shop open, we stopped by to thank the team there for the very professional job they did on repairing the GWR stationmaster's table for Broadway. It really looks smashing.
After dropping the genny off at Hayles, we carried on to Little Buckland, with 200 Pandrols on board for the clipping up gang.
We found the B&S gang by the sleeper wagons, busy building some sort of a framework next to the track. We can't tell you what for, it's a surprise, so you'll have to wait and see.
At the rail head, we found the clipping up team grateful that we had brought them another 200 clips to do (No, not really, they didn't really thank us for this gift)
Clipping up is slow and tedious. Just look at the seemingly endless expanse of clips behind them. And there's plenty more where they came from.
Our arrival was the trigger for a lunch break, taken in the shade of the trees by the goods shed.
Close that gap with sleepers on Saturday? At least it will be cooler then.