On a soaking wet day today a gang of three continued with the removal of the spent ballast at Broadway. It was at times truly miserable, it was so wet. But that's what we have Goretex workwear for. Except for the neck. And the hands. How come the water still manages to creep in?
A few opening pictures for today:
This opening shot from the doorway of the SB shows that we had already passed the station building, at least on the Malvern side.
At the Childswickham end, Steve was helping the fencing contractor with the removal of the old fence, and then preparing the PWay unloading site for more materials, basically the sleepers loaded at Winchcombe yesterday.
The last stretch of old fence was taken down today.
Here's the extension train safely arrived by the Childswickham Road bridge.
It needs unloading urgently, as it will be needed again for a further resupply. Hence Steve's preparation of the area.
Here is the contractor assembling the 4 bar fence, already well past the goods shed. Not so far to go now. He's a local man, so over tea we shared some great stories. One way or another we all know each other, via via.
Also in the foreground is the completed stretch of platform slabbing. Now it's one continuous curve all the way through. Next it's further infill to bring the ground up to the level of the building, not forgetting a supplementary lamp post in the bottom LH corner.
From ground level there are prodigeous piles of ballast now along the Cotswolds side, which Steve hasn't had the time yet to grade off. Too busy!
Speaking of the running in board, ours was put up 3 - 4 years ago now, one of the first heritage items on site. However, we had to use letters cut from plywood, which delaminates over time as you can see here.
With 4 more years of experience under our belt, we have since built up sufficient contacts to be able to source replica GWR cast metal letters. In future (when our busy carpenters have a moment) both our running in boards will be so equipped.
Now a look back over what we did:
... and then a look forward too:
Now we want to go back the other way, on the Cotswolds side, but there is a lot of stuff still lying on the trackbed.
This one belongs to S&T, it's one of those concrete frames you bury in the ground and on which you can attach cranks and pulleys etc.
We parked it on the end of the platform from where they say they will collect it. High enough so that there is no lifting involved, aren't we kind. It's heavy.
Next, a fine selection of broken concrete catchpit rings. They went down to the corner of the 'car park'.
Also removed were supplies of rebar, a street lamp post no longer required, some scrap on a pallet and of course the wooden steps that used to lead down to the trackbed. In future volunteers will need to use the barrow crossings that will be installed at each end. One is already on the extension train.
At the end of the day the fencing contractor was within sight of the end, as you can see here. Didn't he do well?
The trackbed needs a bit of soil removal here still, before we can ballast it. That grass has got to go.
Steve meanwhile had started on emptying the train as the light began to fade.
Here are some of the wooden sleepers, now fitted with chairs. Concrete sleepers, in use outside the platforms, were also brought up.
Just to show that we were not quite alone at Broadway today. Malcolm and George spent the whole day in the SB down in the locking room, on the slow and tedious job of fitting the locking.
Nice and dry in there.... we're in the wrong department...