Outside in the morning sun Foremarke Hall was having her back scrubbed. Normally you see this only in the zoo, in the elephant house.
Foremarke Hall was heard to sigh with pleasure (or was it the class 20 starting up?)
Such an immaculate machine in a beautiful deep (British racing?) green. Love the 'Ferret & Dartboard' logo on the side too.
An early shovelling session, while it was still cool, took us to one of the yard turnouts where this interesting arrangement of very old chairs was found.
Note that the two chairs are triangular (presumably this allows two of them to be fitted in an area with little space) which is very unusual.
You can probably make out the 'GWR' on this end of the lower one. The other, sharp end was dated 1883!
To top it off, an antique oak key can be seen securing the rail to the chair. This was once how all rails were secured to chairs, and today such keys are made of steel (to varying designs).
The sleepers being in a big bundle of 'Pick up Sticks' we dragged some of them out with nips, but others were upside down and the chairs, now underneath, prevented any dragging even by the strongest among us.
Here Mike and stalwart Steve (who joined in March 1981 he told us) roll over one of the sleepers, so that the 'Animal' can be used to loosen the chairs.
|John, waiting to cut the engine|
|Graham, waiting to wave the flag|
To protect the two men busy packing the main line turnout with Kango hammers we had Graham on lookout, and John, wearing an impressively determined look, was posted by the genny. The Kango hammers are noisy and the best way of alerting the users is to cut the juice!
Behind them, the Cotswolds Edge.
Bit by bit we cleared those sleepers. They were walked to their respective piles by teams of four on two nips. The cast iron chairs were put on pallets, and we mulled over the idea of a clear up train, which would allow us to take all this back to Winchcombe in one go.
We didn't have Stevie today (not enough work for him, but also the absence of doughnuts this morning could explain his non-arrival) so the rails where they blocked the removal of sleepers had to be moved by hand. Here one is being jacked up to allow the removal of the trapped sleeper underneath.
At the end of the day pretty much the whole gang decided to treat itself to an 'on the cushions' ride to Broadway and back. We can highly recommend the 'Return to Broadway' ale, made by a local brewery with our own label of the Cornishman racing through the station. Do give it a try.
Friday at Broadway
Friday saw the erection of the first of the replica GWR 'BEWARE of TRAINS' cast iron signs. They were sponsored by two volunteers to recreate the heritage look. We hope you approve.
A first post was already in situ on the end of P1, so we set out to dig in the second on the end of P2. The warning notices accompany the barrow crossing that will go in here.
We dropped the post into its new hole, and filled the hole with concrete. As this went off, we returned to P1.
We have had these notices specially cast from an original purchased from a kind supporter. They are the real deal, very heavy. We would consider casting more, if the demand is there. CRC also purchased 4 and if you or your railway are interested, drop us a line at breva2011 (at) hotmail.co.uk.
Any profits go to the railway and may be spent on further heritage material.
Elsewhere on site on Friday two replica GWR gate posts were being erected at the northern end of the station building.
This was the original entrance to the station, but as we have opted for two doors in the booking hall, this will now become a side gate.
In the picture below you can see how people queued up to use this gate to get on to the platform and access the booking office from its sole, platform side door.
During the day we received two visits from Dinmore and a rake of 8. Friday may be a non-running day, but that is only as far as the public is concerned. Engineering trains can arrive at any time for example.
One of the carriages was filled with candidates and their supporters, and the bar was open. That sounds like a good innitiative. The hungry cast iron notice fitters received a left over Danish pastry, which went down extremely well !