We then had a fine old time, and advanced the job further.
It's stopped raining, but have you still got those waterproof trousers?
The catch pit in the foreground above needs raising now, and the top ring replacing, as it is broken in several places.
Thanks to our excellent drainage man Andy P we now have access to a supply of these, as well as the necessary concrete covers.
Here is Steve manhandling a new one on. It can then be surrounded by ballast, carefully so as not to push it over. It's a fact of life in railway preservation that old things are imperial, and new kit is metric, and so it is with the catch pit rings. They don't quite fit each other!
After the first few loads of ballast were dropped nearby, Steve came along to spread it around, so that the catch pit top was level with the surrounding ballast just dropped. In this way it's nice and snug, and less likely to move.
From now on we are going to run astride the catch pits, instead of down one side of them, to avoid the rings being pushed over.
After sorting out the catch pit, we tackled the serious job of ballast ferrying.
We were just starting to make a hole into the pile in the 'car park', (pat on the back here) when the first of several more loads arrived. No pressure then...
Another reason for the slope is that Steve will be dragging rail up past here tomorrow.
Looking the other way from the same spot, you can see how far we've come. We have nearly filled the third of the 8 sections.
The dumper in the background is parked hard up against the scaffolding, which we hope will come down in a fortnight or so.
Tomorrow: track laying aound the second turnout.