With the excellent weather (for working) we have had recently, the contractor has been able to scoot ahead and the slip and culvert repairs are almost completed.
Here you can see them with a container of water on the truck, a concrete mixer, a dumpy bag of cement and one of aggregate, and a wheelbarrow. Ready to rock and roll ! Just out of sight a comfortable chair was parked, ready for lunch.
The hilarity was caused by the photographer being spotted atop the embankment - come down here and do some work ! Sorry, day on the cushions today, back at work at Broadway most days next week.
More work is due here, but progress is such now that the contractor may be off site as early as next Wednesday.
A final look at the slip repair, which is now complete. What a nice neat job they have done. All is ready for relaying the three panels of track.
A last job here is to spray the repair with grass seed, earmarked for Tuesday next.
Today was a day of tourism with a Dutch visitor. After patronising the Flag & Whistle extensively, we enjoyed the opportunities offered by the red timetable with two steam locos and a diesel rail car to stand at Hayles and Southam bridges for some pictures.
We'll keep you posted as soon as there is more extension news.