Race week ! Didn't we know it too. A delivery of a lamp hut from a garden to CRC cancelled because of traffic, two steam hauled trains in the platforms at Toddington, and lots of well dressed folk descending from buses in our car park. Very smart they looked, and determined to enjoy their day. We will certainly give them a brilliant start.
After tea, our first job was to lift the nut runner into the back of the Landie from the new Toddington south turnout. Punishment for the easy times with tea and doughnuts. We crossed a member of the loco department bearing - a tray of mugs of tea! Great minds clearly think alike.
As the Landie sped off to Broadway with its prize, we took a coupe of photographs of the locos getting ready for the race trains. It's really quite an event.
It's a bit unusual to see two locos, both with At The Races headboards together in one picture, but here they are by the signal box.
Dinmore was coming, and P&O was going.
But enough of these distractions, there is hard, physical labour to do.
We are now at Broadway south, the Landie has arrived with its heavy load, and a smaller number of 4 men have dragged the nut runner off its deck and on to its carriage. Now to start it.
But it would not. We tried all combinations of choke, petrol and speed settings, but no joy.
Only one thing for it then, we check the fishplate bolts by hand using large spanners (right) and pull in a few recalcitrant Pandrol clips (left).
As soon as we took the fishplate with three bolts in it off to redrill the hole, the rail dropped by a couple of inches.
This meant that to refit the plate once the holes was enlarged we would need a jack, but there wasn't one at Broadway. Just our luck.
After giving Rick above some guidance on which way up to hold a shovel, we passed this gang of two still on fisplate bolt tightening and headed for the Landie to get the jack, combined, why not, with lunch in the mess van.
More of us were clearing a space here at Broadway north for the barrow crossing, which needs to sit on a stretch of track that is free of excess ballast.
The blue clips show where the barrow crossing will be located. The bits for it are already there, just off camera on the left.
At the end of the day we were finally, finally able to insert the fourth bolt on the two fishplates by the buffer stop. What a lot of effort that went into two small bolts.
While the Landie returned to Toddington, we had a quick look at Broadway station to see progress.
The centre two scripted benches are now fully assembled, while the third one in the foreground is still a work in progress.
The 1904 picture below shows a bench the same as the one repaired by C&W under the P2 canopy at Broadway.
Note also the lanterns on the lamp posts are edge on to the platform, in response to some that wonder why we do this.
Neal here smoothed off the surfaces to be mated, and then bolted the disk on from underneath. His left hand hides a steel shaft that will be resin bonded into holes already drilled into the booking office floor. Finally the steel disk will also have 3 bolts of its own, so the whole structure will resist the push from the crowds to buy our tickets.
The posts will be painted in alternating layers of dark brown and light stone, to highlight the details. The tops of two will be joined by a special replica wooden bar made for us by - the carpenters at C&W. Aren't they just masters of their craft?