But no Dave!
Instead, a monumental written list, which was so long that at the end of it, we had forgotten what was at the beginning.
Here Bob is perusing said list, and reading it out to the stunned tea drinkers. All that? But it's raining.....
Just to give you an idea of the conditions, here is a shot of Foremarke Hall out of the window. The smokebox is streaked with rain coming down in stair rods.
Anyone up for a trip to Winchcombe to wander round the extensive yard and find some chairs for the second buffer stop?
They did OK though, finding 60 useable SHC sleepers stacked just south of Stanton.
These guys work miracles with wood. It's really nice to see that the skills and arts still exist. Just look what they have managed with this 10ft exterior wooden GWR bench, which was donated to us by a friendly railway in a state of near ruin. Almost everything on it is new, it even has sliders under the feet, so that they no longer stand on wet ground and rot from below upwards.
The destination of this bench is Broadway, where it will be located (in the dry) under the canopy. An identical one can be seen on platform 2 in one of the opening day photographs that we have.
Armed with buffer stop chairs and all their paraphenalia, rail saw, nut runner et all, we set off for Broadway north.
Here we found another small team had already arrived directly from Toddington, and had got stuck in clipping up the last two panels left over to do from Saturday.
The team with the Landie then got to work with resleepering the second buffer stop. You may remember that it arrived with 100% rotten sleepers, 3 of which we replaced on Saturday.
Here the gang is wheeling away the duds, ready to be taken away by the red Transit.
We assembled the whole gang, dropping all the tools, to lever up the rear so that the reluctant wheel could be packed. With 10 men pushing, we eventually go the thing out, but what a job it was. We had to have three attempts at it, before it was mobile again.
Martin then got the disk cutter out, and successfully cut off the remains of the broken chairs under the second buffer stop. This opened the way to replacement of the sleepers, and positioning of new chairs.
Here one of the four 'new' (well, recovered form the winter relay in Winchcombe, but still good) sleepers is pushed under the second buffer stop.
We also noticed that someone had taken an interest in our site, as some of the ballast under the fence had been scraped away, enough for a person to wriggle under. We filled the gap again.
The 4 sleepers we brought down were extremely heavy to manoeuvre. We eventually got them off the Transit, on to the trolley and here, arrived at the terminus, we got the nutrunner out to remove the chairs. After that, they were featherlight. Amazing !
All sleepers have now been replaced, all the chairs are in. We need more bolts to secure them, and they still need drilling and screwing down. Doesn't that buffer stop look much better now? It needs the rails drilling as well of course, and bolts found for the fishplates.
On our return to Toddington, we found one of the diesels (class 24?) in the process of being loaded.
Wonder where that is going?
|A Growler you say? Eh ?|
We just went to check that the halt was OK and in good shape. Afterwards, we took a chocolate cake and an Espresso at the Fruit Farm cafe, followed by a walk up to the Cotswolds Edge, just to see if the halt could actually be seen from up there.
Isn't the vale beautiful? Not sure which hill that is, maybe Bredon?