This drain, also alongside the wet field with the pond in it, was actually flowing quite steadily.
Still to do on the contractor's side is the fitting of the large diameter pipe (now delivered to the site) to extend culvert 3A, replacement of the PWay ballast at 5A and clearance of the site.
The activities of the contractor to repair the culverts are the main reason the new track was not extended further than 150yds short of little Buckland. A secondary reason is that we need more new rail of course, having used up remainder of the first consignment at Laverton loop. To deliver the rail, you need the bogie bolsters, and to load these, you need the loading spur at Toddington reinstated. And they are very busy with that, so progress at various sites continues.
Broadway replica canopy
A quick visit to the Toddington workshops shows further progress here too.
What was actually under construction at the time of the visit was this:
It's the fascia board, the flat piece of steel plate that runs along the full length of the platform side canopy edge. It will eventually be over 40m long, so is being manufactured in sections.
The mag drill at the rear was being used to drill the rivet holes. The bolts at intervals visible on the right will, once the rivets are in place, be removed and the holes used to secure the woodwork on which the dagger boards along the platform edge will be mounted. The staggered angles at the end are so placed to allow a secure attachment of the next section.
Just to show you where this piece is going, here is another shot of the original at Toddington:
We'll check in at the workshops from time to time to give you updates as the canopy takes shape.