16 of us this morning, encouraged by a moderate weather forecast, perhaps some light drizzle in the morning. A second day of fishplate greasing was on the books, that can't be too hard with this forecast.
How wrong we were...
Everyone scrambled back into the mess coach, sodden. Only Dave continued manfully, until he realised he was on his own. No team support there...
We slammed the door shut, and stood in ever increasing puddles as the water drained off our supposedly waterproof clothing. It isn't of course, it doesn't claim to on the website, but it looks as if it ought to. What's the point of this heavy duty PWay gear if it isn't waterproof?
Well, the point is that waterproof gear is three times as much.
Mid morning the rain lessened, and in only modest drizzle we went out, knocked out all the Pandrol clips and here we're taking off the two sets of fishplates that held together the two sections of track.
The items to be galvanised now need to be degreased. Next Monday has been penciled in for collection by the galvanising company in Hereford, and they could return within 4 days. Once back, the whole kit will be primered and then it's ready for sending to Broadway.
A small team has volunteered to start removing the worst of the graffiti. As graffiti on our bridges is new to us - it only started appearing after the new housing estate was built next to our line at Bishops Cleeve - we have no previous experience in removing it. We have some special removing fluid, but it's not been tested on brickwork.
If it's gone, we'll show you. If not, we can't. The content is too crude.