In this order then:
In this picture, the 100 tons have all been tipped. Can you see them? Where have they gone?
Steve here is spreading it all out, to make a base so that we can complete the two turnouts that are planned here.
The extension train has been brought up again with the necessary bits, including all the materials for the second turnout - loop to siding.
We've now taken all but this last one of the street lamps out. One of them even had an aluminium notice on it: 'No waiting between 8am and 6pm'
Now we will have the real thing, with our replica GWR castings. We are quite practised at doing this now, and soon there was a trench around it, and a test to see if it had a wobble yet. It did.
The Neal joined us, and sharpened the wobble test to a 'will it lean right over test' It did that too, so it's definitely on its way. Just need to carefully cut the ducting with the supply line through, ready for re-use later in one piece, please.
With the lamp post gone, we had a big hole left in the platform here. This we filled with a former and a lean mix round it, which will make a socket for the replica that we will put in next time. That's a relatively simple job, and will complete the lamp post placement at Broadway. Were you one of the 10 sponsors? Then one of these is yours ! Thanks guys, this is what we did with your help.
Post removed, we went on to Hayles for a check up, and a re-supply of the delicious Hayles Fruit farm apple juice.
The sun didn't want to play ball for this picture, but you can see the Vale of Evesham stretching away to the horizon, and centre right you can make out the white triangular sheds of Toddington, and the line running south.
You can see the first train on our 'early GWSR' Flickr site here:
.. and we plan to put more early pictures on, as people share them. There should be another bunch of them in a month or so, holidays permitting.
Track laying at Broadway resumes tomorrow, so tune in to see how we did.