A quickie today - four of us met at Peasebrook farm to start ballasting the next 1000m section of CWR.
There was a bit of a delay before this turned up, and the reason then became clear as, unusually, the train was propelled by a class 20, instead of the ED. The latter was not well this morning, we heard.
Here the train is slowly reversing into Worcestershire. We are the GWSR, after all.
We opened all the centre doors, and Neil then propelled the train further into Worcestershire, up the extension.
Not much to do for us while this happens - the hard work is in opening the very stiff doors. John is holding a special orange coloured implement, specially made to give the operator more leverage when turning the wheels.
Under a large cloud of dust the train slowly passes over bridge 4 at Peasebrook Farm.
It is soon empty again, but for this we have positioned a 360 and operator Adam at Stanton for a second load.
Neil climbs back into the whistling class 20 and burbles off back to Toddington.
A last look over what we did then:
On the way home, while closing the gates at the Broadway access, we met one of the Broadway volunteers with an interesting item, just secured at auction: