We love creating replica heritage assets and it's great to see other people at it as well, but a tiny niggle here: The size of this building is not convincing for what the sign says.
Must try harder!
|This man will not get cold! Or overlooked....
|Picture by Bob Locke
After our tea and briefing we split into two gangs. One went to Broadway to attend to the clearing of excess ballast of two turnouts, while the other went to Winchcombe to sort out the yard, which meant several smaller jobs, all interesting.
On our way, we were asked to take this TB2 or nut runner with us in the Landie. It was diesel powered and very heavy. No crane was available, and the picture shows the moment the gang are contemplating what to do next. In fact, anything but lift it up by hand.
We lifted it up by hand....
At the other end there was lifting capacity available in the form of the Telehandler.
The non-starting TB2 was taken care of by Jonathan and Clive, and after a trip to C&W with a begging bowl they came back with a welded repair and managed to start it successfully. Cooperation has worked once again.
The next job was to get the Landie on to its rail wheels so that it could pull a Permaquip trolley.
This happens fairly rarely, in fact it's only the second time in 6 years your blogger has seen it done, so enjoy.
The back goes on first, then the front, as that is manoeuverable - see the front wheel turning in.
That's your blogger on his first ever driving turn on the GWSR.
Too busy to look though. The steering wheel is locked, but we still got round Chicken Curve. That's the wonder of science for you.
Going along, you can take both hands off the wheel, and even play with your camera phone, and it's completely legal!
We trundled along at a respectful 10mph, those rail wheels are tiny.
Here we are at a service stop just south of Hayles Abbey halt.
It was beautiful with all the white snow and the blue sky.
After the tidy up, a smaller gang started to dismantle the temporary storage siding on the other side of the yard. The vehicles that stood here have been removed by their owner to a new location. More vehicles are to follow - see the background.
It was observed that these (unconnected) sidings were placed there by the nascent Wednesday gang as one of their first ever jobs as a new mid-week gang, many years ago. All this area has to be cleared, as we now plan to use it for more permanent yard development.
These crowd barriers were placed by the GWR in front of their ticket hatches to regulate the flow of customers. These carved wooden tops sat between two beautiful cast iron posts, about waist high, installed 30ins away from the ticket hatches. We couldn't believe our luck at Broadway when we found two originals burried in the demolition rubble about the site. They were carefully dug out of the mud, shotblasted and powder coated, and now await installation once the booking hall floor is finished. Two more posts were cast using a perfect example (i.e. one that had not been buried in clay for 50 years), lent to us by a friendly neighbouring railway - thank you Mick !
At Broadway, the other gang had finished one turnout and was digging out the second.
Two van loads of surplus materials were gathered up from the lineside, and also returned to HQ at Winchcombe. We like to leave a neat site.
This digging out was very tiring, especially in the morning, when the ballast was still frozen. The sunny areas mostly melted and allowed the job to proceed, but in the shadows the ground remained hard and frozen.
There came a point when the collective feeling was 'enough already' and wearily they trudged back to the car park
Just look at these Edwardian style wash basins. Aren't they fabulous !