Easter Monday, and lots of people on the railway.
It paused on P1, seemingly intent on carrying on up the line.
It looks like that, doesn't it?
Double track disappears under Springfield Lane bridge (well almost).
The canopy team was making dagger boards today, using the T&G boards primered and undercoated last time.
Neal cut himself several lengths, and then proceeded to trim the bottom ends to a sort of off-set triangular tip.
We said before that these dagger boards are a bit weird, as they rise and fall on the steps.
Put two boards together though, and suddenly you see how it is meant to work.
There was a remark about bending the corrugated iron on Saturday's blog. To explain - a pictures tells a thousand words - we think it easiest if we show the 1904 opening picture (which isn't the opening day at all, but the day after, when there was an excursion to Stratford, hence the queue).
Here it is:
This picture also shows the original canopy overhang, and a vast crowd underneath. It was the original entrance to the station, and you then had to go down the platform to the booking office to buy your ticket, then come out again through the same door. Not handy when there are crowds (which Broadway only ever had once, on this day!)
Under the canopy overhang you can see a quad poster board. That has 4 standard posters on it. We can't replicate that, as the builder put a window in that wall. A similar quad poster board can be glimpsed in the same spot on the P2 building end wall, just visible under the centre span.
The surface of the forecourt can be seen to be gravel. The forecourt was big enough to drive up with your pony and trap, do a U turn and set down your passenger. That's all - no parking in those days.
Neal is cutting to boards to size, while John is cutting the holes. Those two activities took quite a lot of time to set up.
Brian (in the shop today) came over in between trains to try out what we had already made.
For example, they made this guide up, which also shows what sort of bits they cut off from a square end.
It's just like 'Balham - Gateway to the South' and Peter Sellers explaining his craft of 'Toothbrush Holesmanship'... John here displays dagger board holesmanship.
With the T&G painted last week and used on Monday, it was time to ready the next lengths of wood that we will need.
These are stout timbers that will form the cross members of the roof of the steps, and on these the corrugated iron sheets will rest.
They were primered today, and once that was dry, we put on a first coat of light stone undercoat.
There's no glint, OK, but still a nice reflection on this late afternoon shot.
Tuesday at Tyseley
An unexpected opportunity came up to acquire some big bull nosed edging bricks for a friendly price. Tyseley had salvaged them many years ago, but now can't really see a use for them. We have some ideas for them, although we are also pursuing other options. Ultimately they will go either along the Usk goods platform, or round the turntable. You have to seize the opportunity when it comes up, as they don't come up so often (in a state where they are actually available).
We are going to have them collected by a haulier, but as they are their pallets have completely disintegrated and are in no fit state to be moved, let alone lifted.
The purpose of the day was therefore to re-pallet all 470 of them. Quite a job, they weigh 25 Kg each!
In the top picture, we are starting out with a new pallet.
In this picture, you can see a whole row of bricks that we have to shift. It's probably 12 tons of them in all.
How long would all that take? Perhaps 2 trips over 2 days? Better get going then.
Half of the old pallets were on the wrong side of a large pile of cobbles, but we had thought about that, thanks to Jim's prior site visit. We had brought with us two sack trucks, and they were just the thing.
We decided to take one new pallet home, to get the ball rolling. It's all our transit can take.
Luckily it had a tail lift, so several sack truck journeys ended up with a comfortable ride up.
Jim is receptionist (of bricks), Roger is on sack truck duty and Neil - well, he put his finger to good use with the 'ON' button.
Dave climbed on board the truck and shrink wrapped our take away pallet. Normally we gave a pallet 40 bricks to make a ton, but watching the rear tyres compress we thought better of it for the Transit and gave it only 28. You never know.
On the stacking side we were making good progress. We had an amazing 7 volunteers (after a slow start and some pleading) and thanks to this good number the job didn't take two days, but two hours. yes, hours! We were finished by lunch time, so had a good picnic, a good old chinwag, and the opportunity to feel very pleased with ourselves.
|Picture by Jim Hitchen|
The faces are: Ray Hughes (Broadway), Roger Johnson (Broadway), Dave French (PWay), Jim Hitchen, (Construction & Maintenance) and Neil Brooks (PWay). Yours truly and John Simms were off camera. Truly a multi departmental team, with one aim: Creating a heritage railway!
For Wednesday's activity, check out the Heritage Herald blog.