Today our small gang of 3 carried on at Broadway. Two of us removing spent ballast, and one, Stevie, busying himself about the place grading and bringing in sleepers for tomorrow.
Notice the tiny gap available between the dumper's bucket and the platform edge, with a similar gap available between the front wheel and the edge of the deep catch pit. So far, so good.
And then they came ! The poor little minidigger here is completely surrounded by ballast, as a second lorry load arrives, and just as we were dealing with it, a third.
Adam had only just climbed on to one of the new piles and started filling the dumper, when the next load tried to squeeze in.
In the foreground on the right you can see a large pile of the spent ballast we took down here. More is parked on top by the new fence, ready to fill in a void detected in the old trackbed.
Next to the grading excercise, Steve also shuttled up and down with supplies of concrete sleepers. This is not only to empty the extension supply train, but also to position for tomorrow's laying, when there will be no Telehandler on site. The Telehandler will be used at Winchcombe to chair up more sleepers with a split gang.
At the end of the day we wandered over to see how the fence contractor was doing. Answer: he has almost finished, just putting on the last few rails. What a good job he has done, and such good company he was too.
We're standing by the Childswickham bridge here, and looking along the top of the fence you can now see that it has a gradual curve to the left, just as it should. This now means that the track can continue along it at the same distance as in the foreground. Besides a bit of trackbed tidying up along it, we're ready to continue, but first the platform roads.
Monday will see us ballasting a second time on the last 1000m of CWR, to fill the low spots revealed by the tamper.