We are not defeated, we have simply regrouped. The preparation day was today, welding will take place tomorrow with a mini Clippathon (5 volunteers so far) immediately afterwards, and a medium Clippathon will now take place on Friday, with a gang of PWayers. There will not be a mess coach, so look after yourself and bring what you need.
Still no blogger's camera, but it's on order. Its timely delivery is another victim of the snowfall. With a bit of luck it should be in service on Friday. In the meantime, here are some photographs taken at Broadway (Springfield Lane end) by local resident Brian Parsons in January 1963 - remember the cold winter then?
|Hall 6920 Barningham Hall on an up goods emerges from under Springfield Lane bridge on 5th January 1963. Brian Parsons|
This morning we car pooled it to Little Buckland, sharing with those volunteers who had something resembling a 4 wheel drive, as the access road was pretty churned up. All eyes were on the trackbed. The great melt had set in, but could we see that track? We could. Phew.
We had ourselves a most useful day, 17 of us strung out along the 1km to be stressed. We distributed Pandrol clips, laid out plastics, and two gangs completed the rail lifting and placing of the rollers,
|7908 Henshall Hall on a down goods approaching Springfield Lane on 5th january 1963. Brian Parsons|
|9471 on the down line with a Toad van, approaching Springfield Lane on 5th January 1963. Brian Parsons.|
Finally, here is also a sound recording, made in 1966, of a Black Five passing the goods shed. That was such a good location for watching trains. John Diston, George Bryant and Brian Parsons all stood there and watched the trains go by. Brian even had one of the first ever portable tape recorders, and this is how the recording of the Black Five was made. Is it unique? It probably is.
Black 5 at the Broadway goods shed