However, we were not at Broadway but the other way, at Gotherington. The relaying of the track over the bridge was not quite finished on Wednesday, so we had a lightening visit there to finish off the job.
Here are the concrete sleepers being lifted in at the northern end.
The remaining sleepers were soon all down, and here Steve L is eyeing them in so that they are in a straight line ready for the rail to be dropped back in.
We are now using new Pan 11 base plates with Pandrol clips, whereas the base plates and rails were spiked down before.
From above in this 'drone' type view you can see the track back in its place.
There's a bit of clipping up going on. That was the slow bit of the operation. The Pandrol clips go in quite well but the SHC clips on the concrete are the devil's own work, as the sleeper has to be perfectly aligned underneath, and it never is.
Stevie was wandering round, looking a bit deflated.
Then Toddy for lunch.
Another interesting thing at Toddington was painting progress in the tent housing 76077.
We heard that the frames will leave within a few days, and that the boiler will be parked out of the way at Broadway in the new siding there.
It is hoped to complete this locomotive in 5 years, but we'll need to put our hands in our pockets because there will be an appeal for funds to do so. So get ready to help.
In the afternoon the whole gang resumed work on the second turnout at Toddington, which also needs to be done.
While we were away the first one was fitted with these very sparkling new insulated stretcher bars. Neat.
Here the crossing is roughly put in place, and then 'tweaked' this way and that until it looks right.
Steve had already prepared a ballast bed, and Alan brought in the timbers in the right order (the size of each is written on them, which helps a lot).
Once a timber has been pulled under with the nips, the different base plates, also marked individually, are brought up and inserted between timber and rail. They are so heavy (up to 60 Kg) that the best way of moving them along is with a bar. Also, there is very little on them that you can grip with your stiff, cold fingers.
There are no instructions though, and no little hexagonal Allan key....
As the ends of the crossing diverge again, we can move from a huge double base plate (the 60Kg one) to little individual ones, as here.
We're waiting for another sleeper to come here, and have little chats. You get to know each other quite well. 'My wife says I'm a miserable old g*t' said one, whereupon another replied 'She's pretty perceptive then....'. All part of the fun.
If you haven't done so yet, take a look at John Lees' 'early GWSR' photographs here:
and you will see all the work that went into the early yard sidings, using well worn components recovered gratefully from places like Dowty Ashchurch and DOWMAC in Quedgley.
Later Steve confessed that the box was in fact empty, it just looked very heavy. A case of bringing the box to the rail cutter, rather than the heavy rail cutter to the empty box.
And now for something completely different. And much younger too:
There's 8600 HP in just one of these two locos - big muscle on two axled bogies. Admire in awe!