A slow start on Friday, due to other commitments from 2 of us.
Also, exceptionally, regular service trains ran on Friday, as it was the start of the Steam and Real Ale weekend.
2807 pulled in the maroon set and there was jollity all round.
No sign of canopy gang volunteers yet, so a start was made on adding a second layer of bitumen to some of the sheets.
The light and shade, thanks to the sun and the Scots pines, is beautiful, and so typical for Broadway. They define the look there.
Eventually Neal arrived and sandpapered off the dirt and light rust from the 3 sheets that were bent into shape in the loco shed a few days ago.
This was followed by brushing on the bright blue T Wash, which enables you to primer something that is galvanised.
Here we are, ready for the off. C&W have some sort of heavy duty router which will be used to turn these timbers into the mouldings that run down the steps along the tops of the dagger boards.
Meanwhile, back at the farm....
Sitting outside the Broadway mess hut in the sun, your feet up, a cup of coffee and a chocolate biscuit.
After lunch, back to work. More painting, black and sticky bitumen all day long really.
Occasionally a loco would steam by to break the monotony.
But at least the three bent panels for the P2 intermediate landing are now T washed, primered, and one side in bitumen. That stuff dries quick, we were able to turn the sheets round and do the other side on the same day. This was considerably helped by the dry weather we had today.
As you can see, he has now reached the end of the fourth side, and has basically finished, hence the activity around the mouldings. A few more daggers remain to be placed at the two ends. Neal is having a think about what the very end ones will look like, given that they will meet the P2 canopy overhang, in its proper position, over on this side.
The third activity in the afternoon, thanks to John giving us a half day, was the painting in undercoat of the steel hoops on P2.
As they are structural supports they are being painted in dark stone.
There's quite a bit of that to be done, not only on the steps, but also inside the centre span.
We'll finish Friday with this picture of 2807 waiting for the off, by the P2 signal box. What a glorious day. Lots of progress on the steps, and good business for the railway, as the trains were clearly popular.
You can join in too, the Steam and Real Ale event goes on for 3 days, and we are running the King! It won't be here for ever, so seize the chance.
Saturday out along the track
Just 5 of us this morning, an unusually low headcount. The blame is laid at the feet of the holidays. Things just aren't right when Jim, Paul and Nigel aren't here. No doughnuts and no cakes. Given the low turnout today, the planned work on the dipped joints on the Defford straight was cancelled, and we decided to replace some broken fishplates instead. That's useful work too.
This had two trains at Winchcombe, both facing south! An unusual combination.
The two broken fishplates were opposite the signal box at Winchcombe, and south of Bishops Cleeve.
Before starting work, we thought it a good idea to check the Landies for engine oil.
Both were grateful for a top up, which Dave provided expertly. After all, how many of us have a bottle of 15-40 with us, just like that?
We got the gear out for changing the Winchcombe fishplate, then had to wait until the line was clear before doing anything. Why wasn't it clear yet? Steam and Real Ale of course! The DMU, the fourth (!) train running today shuttled up and down between Toddington and the beer at Winchcombe.
There were also three groups of Morris dancers. The nearest, from the Ashford, Kent, area, even had a dancing crocodile. In between, bars, beer tents, barbequeues, and of course - trains. Lots of people were picnicking on the grass, in the shade of the trees.
Eventually we got the OK from the signalman and we replaced this fishplate, very clearly cracked right through.
This is the crack - the plate is hanging on by the skin of its teeth. All fixed now though.
Then a long meandering drive through Greet, Gretton, Gotherington, Bishops Cleeve, on to the trackbed and then 12 joints down the line further south.
And there it was, another cracked one, and clearly marked for us. Handy.
|Does this say 1/4 inch?|
The bolts were no problem, so the plate went on PDQ and then we gave the possession back to the signalman.
By now it was 1 o'clock and by common consent we decided to call it a day, being a low turnout, and very hot.
Well, the return trip did identify a kink in the track at Didbrook, one that seems to return. That'll be for another day then.
That about sums it up, doesn't it?