We've all grown fat over the last few days, so it's back to work to get some excercise.
A plan to remove some temporary fish plates in readiness for the imminent welders failed when we found this empty ballast train parked on top of the piece of track in question. Drat.
On top of that there was a report of a broken set of fish plates at Southam, so Nigel and Bert Ferrule went there first to effect an urgent replacement. Trains were still running today. The rest of us (11 in total) repaired to Broadway north to install a set of check rails on the through line turnout there.
With the return of the head of department from Southam, repairs effected, the situation became immediately clearer and we could start drilling.
The check rail here has been moved back into the four foot for the duration.
We were most careful to measure twice (drill once) so that the holes we drilled agreed with those already in the check rail.
This was fresh from the factory, and still had our name on it.
Then the chunky spacer blocks were slipped in from one end, and the long bolts that hold everything together were pushed through. The holes matched perfectly - result!
We still need to source some of the square blocks that go under the nuts at the other end. These, of course, are not on site but way back in Winchcombe. That's for another day then.
Finally the check rail here was tied down with Pandrol clips, in this photograph with the nicely coloured blue ones, which signify that they are reverse ones.
Chris with the puller had a distinct preference for the blue ones, as you can see. What was causing everyone to look to their right was not recorded. Perhaps someone said 'cake'?
Lunch was held in the Broadway cabin, which offered warmth, tea, and a slice of Mrs. B's sponge cake. Sadly, no inch thick marzipan icing, we'll have to wait another 12 months now.
Due to the repair required to the webcam, the footbridge was accessible today - an opportunity to show you what things look like from above now.
Some have commented that the Broadway gang must be working until late into the evening, as they could see lights on in the building. This is not entirely correct, the lights you can see at night are infra read heaters used to dry out the rooms after the work to the walls and floor recently. The tilers for both will be with us in a fortnight or so. Quite exciting really.
Only two members of the Broadway gang were at work today:
In the times of the original station building this space was used by one Broadway employee to hide things that he didn't want the stationmaster to see.
With both check rails drilled an bolted own, as well as two broken base plates replaced by two brand new examples, we called it a day. The light fails quickly this time of the year - today must have been just about the shortest day we had in 2017.
All the rail through the station is now in, and indeed you can see a train in the distance. Just like a normal station in fact.