Mission accomplished, is the good news. But first, work on the V boards at Broadway.
On Friday a small group set about mounting the original V board from Bletchington station - generously donated by a well wisher - after restoration by a volunteer.
It was found in the wreckage of the station during demolition, and we are delighted to be able to use it, unchanged, over the platform doorway for the booking office at Broadway.
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What would it look like when up? There wasn't a V board here before, but neither was the door with its canopy.
We also have plans to widen the canopy to extend over the two windows, because at the moment it does not work well as a shelter from rain, and looks a little odd being so small. You can see that it is actually wet underneath.
The new boards will hang here, but of course we will have to change 'OUT' to 'IN'.
We are considering having more letters cast (4 inch and 6 inch) to make up these boards, as well as REFRESHMENTS on the platform side.
If you have any spare letters that you could give us, (4 inch or 6 inch) that would of course save a lot of trouble and costs. We also need two 'Fingers'.
Meanwhile in the cafe, there is slow but steady progress. The walls have been painted yellow and the interior woodwork will be Brunswick green.
Mike is busy here, while earlier Neal had completed the skirting boards, and we have agreed a price and a source for the new slate fireplace. The order should go out any day now. It was entirely sponsored by a group of well wishers who were willing to pay that an original black slate fireplace would go in. We have used an original at Toddington to get the shape and sizes. A grate and hearth are also part of the deal, thanks to the external funding.
Now, back to that cast iron bridge sign.
An alert reader drew our attention to a recent auction of railwayana, and yesterday two of us duly set off in the hope of acquiring it for Broadway. Fingers crossed...
It is likely that we will have a duplicate cast by a friendly foundry, as a second one would have been located on P2.
|'What's a push-pull service then?' 'We start the DMU and push the Pannier out of here, saves massively on coal, see?'|
You didn't have to wait long to see the next one, and it was Dinmore Manor, steaming right through the station to the northern end, with a loco trailing behind.
When it returned after lunch, we took a video from under a tree beyond the goods shed, which you can watch here:
The film concludes with a lovely whistle as the train accelerates down the hill beyond the Childswickham Road bridge.
The next visitor to Broadway was the long awaited King. It faced north, so was a bit trickier to photograph into the sun, but 'luckily' the weather started to cloud over and Joe Public was still clustering around the station building, until the train stopped.
The arrival of the King shows perfectly how the length of the new platforms was calculated when we built them - 8 coaches, with a loco at each end by the ramp. It fits perfectly.
The 'future maintenance' container is almost hidden by the lamp hut, but perhaps it can be removed one day?
The loco is being admired by our Routemaster bus driver, who (on request) waited long enough before setting off for the village centre to allow people with cameras a shot of the leaving train. Very kind, that.
Here are driver and fireman waiting for the off from the guard further down the platform.
Tea and biscuits were provided today by the Broadway volunteers from a tent on the platform, and hopefully soon from the cafe itself. Takings were brisk, we heard.
Finally, an extra word about the surplus lamp posts in the yard at Winchcombe.
We've got a total of 7 (possibly 9) of them, of which 6 are identical to the top three here.
The cost is £150 + VAT each. They are sold by the plc, anyone interested can contact the office.