But first - we met at Winchcombe first thing, to split into two gangs. Both on the same job: track defects repair. Dave took a gang south to Gotherington, while a second gang took the Landie north to continue along the Defford straight between Chicken Curve and Didbrook bridges. It's a routine job, but you're helping the railway and the company is excellent.
While loading up the Landie P&O steamed into Winchcombe station, loaded with happy punters.
Peter and Jonathan loaded a handful of second hand sleepers for use by the Friends of Winchcombe station.
John worked on ahead and made additional checks by tapping each clip with a hammer. Prevention is better than a cure.
We stepped aside to let the DMU trundle through, here at the start of the Defford straight.
Rob was keen do dig the holes for the pan jacks - very keen.
A technical supervision committee was formed to oversee this.
In the background is the valley in which the mighty Hailes Abbey once stood, until demolished under the instructions of Henry VIII.
With the train gone, we had an hour to work in peace.
Here the pan jack is being inserted under the rail (it can stay in place even with trains passing) while the others remove the broken chair, or the bits of it.
With the broken chair in the foreground, the replacement one is slid under at the back.
These chairs come in three sizes, so you need to rummage through the pile at Winchcombe to retrieve the right one. Get the wrong type, and the bolts won't go in the holes in the sleeper.
Here the new chair is coaxed in under the rail with fingertips, and, if the pan jacks have been pumped high enough, it can be slid into place under the rail.
The bolts fit - Yesss - are hammered down and then screwed down tight with the 'animal'.
Pull out the pan jacks, dump on the Landrover, and head for the Coffeepot. Our little treat at the end of the day.
10 teas please :-)
Next, a Castle? Or: The Rail Motor. Did you know it was photographed at every one of our stations in 1905, except at Broadway. Surely we have to put this right!
Back in the mess coach, Jim and Dave are pouring over paperwork.
In the meantime, it's forms to fill in, pencils - and: a bag of doughnuts. Well, you need fuel to feed the fires. And we are in expert hands here.
Before we go today, an interesting statistic from Blogger. They have been having trouble with message notifications recently, as well as with the page counter. It's not working. Relief is promised on their help forum, but no sign of repairs so far. The administrator can go into the setup page and retrieve the page views manually, and this gives the following statistics for the lifetime views of this group of blogs:
Building Services Bulletin: 212.388 views
Hayles Abbey Herald: 109.014 views
Bridges Blog: 193.258 views
CRC2 blog (dormant): 295.535 views
Extension blog: 1.101.506 views, since launch in July 2014.
Over one million views.... who would have imagined that in 2014?
Thank you all for your interest. You might have noticed that the blogs are free of ads, despite Google's prompts to monetise the pages with annoying advertisements. As a quid pro quo, do consider making the occasional donation to our trust, a charity which supports the railway.
Many hands make light work.
See you on Saturday, with news of the trip-by-public-transport to the NYMR. Will we get there with Northern Rail?