War time is coming to Broadway, and it was with some trepidation that we rounded the corner on to the platform.
Two volunteers were seen walking in tandem along the length of the platform. Was it a race? An endurance test? Perhaps they were just limbering up for something greater?
And yes! Soon these Superman strong volunteers were seen going the other way with barrows laden to extraordinary heights with heavy sandbags. Is there no limit to their strength? A single sandbag would soon exhaust many of our older volunteers.
...then ran round...
It has something, that old fashioned splutter.
We could only stand and wonder, but then it was off to work.
Here is the production of dagger boards in progress - we need rather a lot of them.
Some were laid out outside, to see whether the effect was the desired one.
Neal and John fitted 26 dagger boards so far.
In the picture they are working out the transition from slope to level.
The new cross member can just be seen top right.
Saturday at Toddington
War time in the Cotswolds! But not for us. The PWay gang had a normal working day, although we did catch glimpses of the festivities.
We kicked off with tea in the mess coach at Winchcombe, outside of which was parked this lovely pair consisting of C&W shunter D2182 and a Mk1 in carmine and cream.
|Me push the trolley? No way!|
Here's what you get when you try to squeeze all the tools on to a small trolley. There were still loads left on the two Landies off camera on the right, so eventually a second trolley was found (background).
With the second trolley also loaded up, we realised that they were in the wrong order for the two jobs we had in mind - sleeper replacement, and fishplate repair.
The fishplate trolley was therefore shunted to one side, as the sleeper changing trolley forged ahead.
We had 4 more sleepers left to change on siding 1, and they were all at this end.
|Boot scraper in kit form. A tube of Araldite is provided.|
The 4 remaining sleepers were all in a little group by the box, so we did them together. They were replaced by new softwood sleepers with AS1 chairs. The old GWR throughbolters were barrowed over to 2807's boot scraper factory, which is only yards away here, as it happens.
At the end of the morning the 4 sleepers were in, and here are the sad remains of the rotten ones we pulled out. They now need picking up, to deliver a tidy site.
Our 15 mile line was busy today, with 2807, Dinmore Manor and 4270 all out with the three rakes. Above, two of them are just crossing at Toddington.
At one point we paused with our digging due to a loud roaring noise from the car park.
It was this Spitfire, in which (correct us if mistaken) you could sit with the engine running.
|''Is that your tank out there, Lt Gruber?'' ''Yes, I heff just given it a little polish.''|
You can come and see it on Sunday, when the weather should be a little friendlier. It was biting cold today.
In the loco shed at Toddington the cleaning and painting of the two yard lamp posts has been completed. They are ready to be planted in the yard. Both are in the picture, the second is in the distance up against the side of the shed.
The nearest one has also been equipped with the ladder bars it should have. These were no longer present when installed at Dumbleton, from where we bought it.
The ladders and lamp lighter's platform for both are also ready.
Outside in the yard a mini digger was busy digging a trench for the electrical supply to both posts. The loco department is really getting on with this lovely little project, although we have still not ordered the 2 replica 6 sided lamp tops for them.
The first post will go here, south of the water tower. Some extra light (and heritage embellishment) will work well in this area.
Lunch was back in the mess coach, out of that biting wind. We treated ourselves to hot tea and chocolate cake. Hmmmmmm.....
|Two bolts, no lifter here|
|Fishplate completed, not yet started at the back.|
This picture shows a rail being driven along to close a gap at the other end. A wedge is used.
Here a rusted up bolt is being removed by disk cutter, after the impact wrench was unable to undo the bolt.
The impact wrench (aka The Animal) is in use here.
Mid afternoon we tidied up and returned, trackside, to Winchcombe.
Next week, we will try to conclude the fishplate replacement at Toddington, unless we get permission to sort out a number of dips that have been reported.
If you want to see a film of 4270 hacking past, have a look at this brief clip of it (it was windy...)