Here the mini digger has a bucket load of stones, which are being placed inside the gabions to the left and right of the mouth of the culvert. A concrete pad will be cast over the top, to replace the length of culvert that broke off.
The end of the new drain along the foot of the embankment protrudes from under some temporary sandbags on the right.
While the Malvern side is easily accessible via a track running along the bottom of the embankment, this side is not. There is only a public footpath. The plan is to access the culvert via a temporary ramp from the top.
It's just a single car DMU. I guess these replaced the old GWR ones that also ran along here.
Picture taken by Brian Parsons in 1966, near Springfield Lane, Broadway. Thanks, Brian !
Looking the other way we can see the top of the slip repair, the sleepers from the removed track panels, the isolated Pway train, and in the far distance, the new ballast bed with the first 100yds of new track on it.
The driver of the lorry knew us well.... Broadway Bridge, Chicken Curve, Laverton ..... we are clearly investing heavily in infrastructure repair, a good thing.
This is where the final layer of stone is going, next to the existing, older layer of track ballast.
More news next week !