The day started with a hissing sound behind the mess coach - what's going on here then?
Dinmore was raising steam, and 2807 was being used to serve tea. Great !
These are the fire raisers (hell raisers?) for Dinmore Manor, and it is thanks to them and their getting up very early indeed that you might have travelled behind steam today.
Respect. And tea.....
The Pway had their mess coach, with seats to sit down on. And doughnuts. So civilised. But eventually we had to abandon the coach and face the work.
Steve the scraped the bed clean of 'ballast'. This must date from the earliest days, as it was all ash and occasional stones, with a big dip where the fishplate was. And yet, locos exiting the yard travelled over it every day. We'll sort this out OK.
Then Steve went to get the spare sleepers we found lying about. Some in the loco yard, and some in the bushes nearby. Not the finest quality, but good enough for loco manoeuvres, certainly better than the spent wooden ones that were here..
The smartphone camera though is playing up again. While it does not have issues with dirt getting into the retractable lens (there isn't one) software issues now arise. See how the front buffer beam didn't make it into the picture? You activate the shutter, and the camera goes: 'Ah, did you want a picture now, I'll just calculate that'. And when it has finished and finally clicked, the subject has moved on. Bad luck. On top of that the zoom function was lost today, hence a bulging loco in the default wide angled lens shot. It took your blogger all day to work out that Google had sent a software update to the camera, and changed the way the zoom operates. And now the camera crashes every time you take a picture. Sheeessh !
Alan was directed to approach the track from the end, and when his boom no longer reached, from the side (a bit more difficult, no room behind)
Stevie also brought ballast, from a pile he 'prepared earlier'. Not such a long trip, but together he and Alan (his pile was in the car park, not helped by a passenger parking his motor home too close) kept us well supplied.
Then we put back the fishplates using the 'Animal'.
This is a somewhat back breaking machine, so we let everyone have a go.
Here's the fishplate going on at the other end.
We like the umbrella stand.
(and my daughter Ella, Ella Fantsfootumbrellastand)
With the rails back in place and joined up, Stevie dragged away the longer bullhead rail that used to be here, until we put the new turnout in.
In the foreground the short length of rail, just resleepered, has also been ballasted. Looking good.
We felt we were allowed a treat.
|''I'm going to start singing now''. ''Please don't''.|
During the opening ceremony a young student Kate Rendell, a volunteer in our loco shed, did a little video of the day. She's made a few amateur films, and here is her view of the opening day:
A bit of Broadway news.
A little round up of stuff seen at our new station. The stationmaster today said people love it, she got lots of compliments. Every train, we heard, was well filled.
There are two GWR lamp huts at Broadway. One is as is, with this 'works plate' on the door.
Can you read it?
The other was re-skinned in the early days of the project.
The 'works plate' was saved and handed back to us a few days ago.
Here it is, back in situ. There's still a Samuel Taylor at Birmingham today, are they perhaps the same?
One of the two lamp huts is due to be moved to next to the footbridge tower, where it stood until the station was knocked down in 1963.
It fits nicely into the niche behind the doors.
Thoughts are now turning toards the 'V boards' over the doors.
It's a tricky thing to get right. For example, the original 'GENTLEMEN' was a single sign attached to the wall of the building at the south end. That is now the kitchen entrance, and Broadway can have quite strong winds, not good for a sign attached at one end only.
We had two such single GENTLEMEN signs, and thought about combining them to make a V board. We laid them out to compare, and found that they were different. So much for standardisation on the GWR... The larger one is an original bought at auction, and as the gents is now at the other end of the building we decided to use it, unaltered, suspended from the truss adjacent to the entrance, with two attachment points.
The V board is an original, from Bletchington station. It was donated by a member who found it on the platform, while the building was being demolished. It will get a little refurb but will otherwise be used unaltered.
The signage today, just visible on the left, is not authentic.