With both Steve on the JCB, and Alan on the Telehandler bringing sleepers, we soon laid out the first length.
Here is Ivor, a veteran of the railway who joined right at the beginning in 1981, directing two men on bars to bring the sleepers into line to lay in the rail.
Ivor used to drive Antar tank transporters, among his many qualities.
Shortly afterwards, with the sleepers now nice and straight, the first rail is lifted in. We're still on the shorter 45ft rails here.
It's just a siding, was the cry we often heard. Hence second choice sleepers, and shorter lengths of rail. All fine for this purpose.
After the length has been laid in, it gets a prod in the direction of the previous panel. It needs to be a few mm short, to leave a gap for expansion by the fishplate.
This gap happens to be the same thickness as an SHC clip, so Pete here is holding it between finger and thumb while the rail is pushed to a stop.
Then the second rail is lifted in, again with a group of men of a more 'solid' stature pushing the end down, to make the other end more manoeuverable with bars.
Me, fat? As Obelix said in one of the Asterix books: 'There's nobody around here who's fat except me, and I'm not fat'.
Well, someone has to push down that rail though....
On the trolley is our supply of bits, supervised by a beaming Pete.
Need a plastic pad (or 'biscuit')? A bearer? A rail bearing pad? A steel clip? We can help you here. The shop is open for business, and slowly follows the rail head along.
How are we going to lift these 60ft rails in then? They're longer...
Steve outlines his plan for doing this on a single track, while the Broadway gang decide that this is a good moment to start a fire above us. (cough)
Now one of the longer 60ft rails goes in, lifted across on to a fulcrum, from which it is located to its ultimate position in a second lift.
Our work is severely judged by a supervisory committee of veteran PWay workers.
What do you think of it so far, guys? We'll, we wouldn't start from here you know.
During an errand into the station complex we took this picture from the P1 railhead, showing a pile of sleepers ready to be brought in, and work going on in the background on the siding, at something over the half way stage from the back here.
Mid afternoon we had laid 5 panels (as against 7 previously) and while two of them were longer 60 footers, the real reason we stopped here is that we ran out of (second choice) sleepers. Well, we did have some sleepers, but they were good ones, and we want to keep those for main line quality track. We have about another 60 sleepers to go to the signal, and will organise these for next time. There'll be some sleeper loading on Monday.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch (or the station, if you like)...
Looking the other way, we can see the replica GWR style chimney stack slowly getting taller. It's due another course of bricks, then a stone slab on top, and then finished off with a plain chimney pot. We know exactly what it should look like, and are sourcing the necessary materials to achieve the replica.
The canopy over the front door is not a replica, but will include GWR style elements, such as the dagger boards, Ogee guttering and a moulding underneath, in the same style as the canopy ends.
It will have a flat roof, finished off with a genuine lead sheet. That should last.
The number? Erm, D 5185. That's not one of ours, is it?