Five of us met at Skew Bridge this morning to assemble a trainload of reject and non-standard sleepers, with which we can lay the up line siding at Broadway north.
An attempt had been made to stack the non standards separately, but over the weeks the piles became rather haphazzard, so needed sorting out again today.
These are the good ones, we still have say 180 of them. But in between were some left over SHC style sleepers, and here you can see Dave P squeezing the Telehandler between the piles to pick out the ones we now want to use.
The whole supply train was down at Skew Bridge. It's easier to manoeuvre it that way, rather than splitting it up for the day. The class 73 is almost round the bend, in sight of Gotherington station.
The jumble is a pile of rejects; we still need to sort these out. A job for Wednesday, if we can get a Telehandler driver. Today was strictly a loading excercise.
And here we go, 120 sleepers already stacked, and it isn't even lunch time.
Knowing how many we had to go at Winchcombe, we left some of this wagon and all of the second clear for them. Neil then took the train to the PWay sidings at Winchcombe.
We had noticed on earlier occasions that there was a very nice pair of benches by the C&W shed - what were they for?
We tested them, and found that they were comfortable, and gave a superb view of the activities in the yard. So that's why!
|Driver change over after lunch - Bob and Dave.|
|A huge cube of rubber pads for sleepers|
After lunch we went back to work, passing by this cubic metre of rubber pads for sleepers. We are assured that all will be used on the extension. Wow!
Neil then reconfigured the supply train by extracting the empty rail wagon and parking it in the PWay sidings. The other wagon with a handful of new rails remaining is still part of the train.
The shorter supply train was then taken up the extension. Hearing this, Bob and Dave P cadged a cab ride to see what the Saturday gang had achieved - it was new to them.
Waiting for the supply train to pass Hayles Abbey Halt, it struck us how green the halt now looked.
We are still strimming and (selective) weed killing here, to eliminate brambles from the newly sown grass.
Here are the newly delivered sleeper wagons, right at the end of the rails.
Broadway goods shed is just behind, and a glimpse of the station footbridge can be made out in the distance.
Dave gives a friendly wave to your scribe - he has to stay behind and drive home in the car. No cab ride then. Byeeeee....
Ah yes, and Santa's present for us? What's in the sack then?
These replica letters are based on actual letters that were lent to us by the Cheltenham Area Group, by some friendly volunteers at the SVR, and a handful were bought at auction. It wasn't easy collecting a full set, but we got here in the end. Thank you all for helping us with the loan of your letters, you will get the originals back very shortly now.