Monday at Broadway
We said you needed to be patient, but it wasn't for very long as, unexpectedly, the Warflat was taken to Broadway on Sunday.
We only came to unload what we could by hand but, fortune favours the brave, the contractor working on the driveway had a mini digger of the right size and was agreeable to offering a half hour of his time to unload the heavier kit for us.
He said 'Do you want me to drop the landing support on the deck, or straight down the hole' and we thought - why not?
Yours truly was volunteered to remove two occupants from one of the holes first: a pair of toads. They were re-housed behind the platform.
What is also quite heavy is the stringers, so we lifted those off too.
Four for P1, the other 4 four P2.
The rest we did by hand, being 4 of the 8 'goal posts'.
Note also the fresh ballast that now covers the forecourt. After digging away, the contractor is now at the rebuilding stage.
The first installed landing support can be glimpsed in the background, with the remaining kit for P2 still on the Warflat.
Only 3 out of the original 40 piles now remain, and they will be loaded tomorrow, together with the remaining platform slabs that are also stacked in a somewhat inaccessible way on P2.
Strike while the iron is hot, or the mini digger on P2!
With our jobs done for today, there were a few minutes of spare time to photograph the goings on in the setting sun.
Just 3 piles of troughs still remain to be loaded, and P2 now looks so much better, ready for the new season. No more looking at a concrete wall.
Your blogger's dream one day is to see a steamer enter the station on a day like this, with the glint of the setting sun reflecting along its boiler. Not yet, but he is a patient man !
Finally the canopy construction team walked back through the station...
And a PS:
The replica GWR clock for the cafe has had an Ivorine number plate fitted, just like the real thing. It was donated by a supporter. The clock is now in the hands of the FoBS and is ready for fitting in the cafe above the fireplace. It was funded by 2 supporters.
There were 7119 numbers allocated, and this plate is the 7121st. This way, if you know your clocks, you can tell that it is a replica.
No 7120? That's in the booking office...