This Landie was though completely covered in ice, and was a bad boy - he wouldn't start.
After some coaxing, this Landie did start, but a lot of work was needed to clear all 3 frosted up windows, and the two mirrors.
The inside was frosted up too, but luckily this one has excellent demister action, so the inside slowly melted.
One volunteer proudly showed off a Christmas present from his sister, the mug in the above picture. Well, that text certainly sounds familiar...
The rest of the gang, now about 10 strong, loaded up the tools and a TB2 chairscrew machine, which we took to the southern end of Toddington yard, where it was manhandled on to its trolley on the track we will be relaying, starting this week.
Only yesterday a last but well filled train ran along here, see how shiny the rails still are. We now have two months to refresh all this, including with new ballast.
Paul, Rick and Peter here are knocking out the keys, leaving an occasional pair in to keep the rails in their place for the TB2 to pass along.
Martin on the TB2 worked all day on the machine, all along the Cotswolds side, and some way back along the Malvern side, until it started to get dark mid afternoon.
Today must be about the shortest day of the year (it's a bit later than 21.12, the winter solstice).
BTW, those short off cuts are still surprisingly heavy.
Paul and Peter on key removal are almost at the northern end of the site, with the rest of the volunteers still around Martin by the signal box.
Two volunteers also knocked out some of the old oak keys on the parallel siding on the right, replacing these with Mills keys we had spare.
Work here will resume on Saturday.
Monday in the loco shed.
More work on the newly acquired yard lamp from Dumbleton.
As John had all but finished the new platform, he started on the attachment points on the cast iron post itself.
Broken off studs here revealed that the original ladder and platform had been forcibly removed at some point.
John drilled a hole right through the offending stud. Well, almost right through, because the drill bit broke off. Luckily we were already so far down, that we managed to knock the blockage through into the interior of the post.
Once and undersized hole had been drilled into the broken off stud, the remaining ring was peeled inwards and poked through, to reveal a rusty thread.
Neal then freshened up the thread with the cutter, to make it useable again.
There was a curious rumble going on in the diesel shed next door. What's that then?
|Shall we 'skip' the introduction then?|
Outside, stationmaster Rob was giving a shed tour to a group of heavily oranged enthusiasts.
Shed tours seem to be free, but a large bucket is rattled at you as you leave, if you get our drift.
Every extra pound helps.
Question: How to you get the bracket parallel to the ground, when it is bolted to a tapered cast iron post?
Well, we don't know either. 'When it looks about right' seemed to be the answer.