We had quite a small team today, maybe 10 of us.
David here has got out all the tools we think we will need, while Stevie nods his approval on the choice. Basically stuff for manipulating rails.
And here he comes, with a pair of carefully selected second hand BH rails for our pleasure to lay.
We are not putting back the exact same old rails in the same order - they will now be better matched, and a number removed permanently for scrapping.
Stevie drove this difficult path dragging the rails, down the 6 foot as it were, although, curiously, this is actually a 10 foot gap, required if it is a siding next to a main line. It explains the kink outwards by the bracket signal.
Part of the gang was at the southern end, where the sleepers laid earlier petered out. There was a bit of head scratching about the line to take, and the answer was provided by Steve and Mike, who measured from the parallel siding.
Pity that we measured it, because we discovered we had to bar the line of sleepers into the correct direction, it had a tendency to drift towards the Malverns.
Jack kept guard over us. Let's hope he doesn't turn round quickly with that bar over his shoulder, there is something about Eric Sykes' 'The Plank' in this stance.
Bert Ferrule and Chris are almost through one rail. The last inch is elusive however, as the disk quickly wears down and then doesn't quite reach.
Dang, another new disk already?
Today we laid in all but the last pair to join the two ends of the rack back together.
One length left to go. That one is a bit more complicated, as we have to space the others very carefully so that the fishplates fit, then cut the last pair of rails to fit the gap.
To stop the end of the rail catching on the last two sleepers and pushing them out of place, we lift them with a cross of bars. An old trick of the PWay gangs.
Fish plating, all the other chairs and keying up still to go.
As the sun went down the temperature changed from a little bit hot even, to bitingly cold, all in about half an hour.
A good day's work done today.
Our planned day at Broadway on Friday was cancelled due to the snow, sadly. We will reconvene on another day, very shortly, don't worry. There is lots more to do on the steps.
One might suppose that the parking meters will be installed once this procedure has run its course.
The notice was accompanied by a map, with dire warnings about reproducing it, so although it was put up for public consultation we had perhaps better not show it to you.
One thing we can say though is that according to the map there is a 'dismantled railway' along the top of the embankment.
Not any more!
So what fun could we have during the inclement weather?
On opening, the stations along our line all had poster boards, hung on every available space along the platform side of the building. These we still need to make, but it's not so straightforward.
What did they look like exactly, these boards, and how big were they? What colour too.
We learned that the poster boards were made of flat T&G boards, held together by a moulded frame with an inner groove that held the T&G boards firmly together.
But where do you obtain some mouldings as used by the GWR? Not at B&Q. The answer was by taking an original to a firm in Brownhills, and here we had exact copies made, sufficient for 6 poster boards and some additional V boards that used the same pattern.
Here you can see Neal at work in a small workshop not far from Broadway....
He's using a router to round off a strip of square edged pine.
Here is a board fully assembled. The strip on which Neal was working runs across the top and separates the poster area from the title area. This could be painted, or lettered GWR in cast iron.
Two more will be in varnished wood and lettered by hand, and these will go indoors in the booking office.
For the outdoor ones we have had these 4 inch letters cast from originals. That took a while too.
We have been very lucky in finding such letters, almost all offered by supporters, which allowed us to build up most of an alphabet of GWR cast letters in different sizes.
So snow, yes, but we didn't sit still.
More work on the Broadway footsteps soon.