So-so weather forecast - painting under the centre span roof should be OK.
We managed OK, the occasional light shower did not interupt us under that tin roof.
OK, OK so yes, we were drinking tea in there. You're allowed a break, aren't you?
We were then at the receiving end of an appalling downpour. Rarely seen so much water at once.
It got worse too - notice how the signal box gets dimmer.
Harder to see is that the canopy guttering was completely overwhelmed, and water started to come down in sheets, straight on to the trackbed.
Our guttering is of a smaller section than on the original station.
Springfield Lane bridge is also out of sight, lost in the mist of falling water.
They were clogged with pine needles.
An hour later the sun came out, but the kettle of paint we were using on the bridge had a quarter of an inch of water on top of the paint, rendering it unusable.
Better luck on Monday!
Saturday out on the track
We're on the home stretch for the first stage of measuring the track assets, as we near Gotherington.
Last week we left off at Three Arch bridge, so today we resumed there, here looking the other way.
On the left is Gotherington Skew bridge yard, and this curve leads into Gotherington station.
|Proof that you can have style on the PWay.|
|Come on, junior!|
It's no use keeping a sharp lookout, if you don't vacate the track on hearing the warning.
Come on, get a move on !
Nice sky-and-steam though.
In this area there's an interesting track fixing that we hadn't seen before. It's dated 1958.
Anybody know what they call these? And why don't we see more of them?
The modern extension in Bradstone, in the middle between the main station building and the little goods shed, is very prominent. Unfortunately it was already up when the current owner purchased the property quite a few years ago now.
The canopy was truncated by BR by about 2ft. The reason is not entirely clear but it may have something to do with the property line when they sold off the station building. The platform is private; the edge is GWSR property though.
And this is as far as you can go with the Landie trackside, before running out of room. We parked it to one side a bit to let the down train get by comfortably.
The yard lamp on the left is thought to be relatively rare, as it has its original ladder and platform.
|Hard and soft.|
No cupcakes were injured in the making of this photograph.
After lunch it was the loop. Our target was to measure down to the southern end, then back up.
The other measuring team, working on Wednesdays, started their measuring at the far end of the loop, so with a bit of luck we could join up the two sessions.
Here is Dinmore Manor pulling away after receiving the token from the signalman.
|Rest your tired limbs - that's what the front end is for.|
At the end of the afternoon we had indeed got back to the northern end of the loop, and with the exception of the pointwork that concludes the section from Stanway viaduct to Hunting Butts tunnel. A great effort, and teamwork between Saturday and Wednesday.
Still to do: Northwards from Stanway viaduct, and possibly our sidings as well. We'll see.
We need another two brackets for Broadway - can anyone help?