As we come to a stop with ballasting close to Childswickham Road bridge, thoughts turn to Broadway station itself.
Here is Steve, taking out a small tree stump. The freshly ballasted trackbed sweeps away into the distance. We've already done most of the levelling, with just a bit more to go this side of Pry Lane bridge. There is certainlyalready several 100 yards ready for further track laying. The pinch point at the moment is getting the sleeper train loaded at Skew Bridge.
To get a bit more reach, Steve brought down the JCB with its extendable boom, to remove some excessive overburden above the brook culvert.
Returning to Broadway, this is a picture of the embankment for which strengthening is being arranged.
This is the view looking north.
The same area, from the other end, looking south.
Once there were 4 tracks here:
- The goods shed loading road (in the trees on the left, since sold to the Caravan Club)
- The up and down main lines
- A long refuge siding, on the right.
A couple of updated station building pictures are also of interest.
Brick laying is currently concentrated on the arches over the doors and windows.
The Heras fencing has been taken off the platform, and is now erected on the down line, leaving the up line for PWay materials to be taken to the northern part of the site.
A detail of the toilet area, a new part of the building that wasn't there before.
The new gent's is on the far left; the larger arch spans a vestibule that leads to the disabled and ladies' toilets.
The new fence line along the middle of the trackbed is in the foreground.
A peep through the footbridge centre span, looking south.
It's quite complicated working out the levels here. Broadway station is actually at the apex of a hump, which falls away in both directions. If you extend the platforms (as we did, as we have longer trains) and keep them level, then the height difference between the platform surface and the bottom of the trackbed gradually increases as you go north. Soon after comes the turnout for the loop, and that must not have a change of gradient on it.
The trackbed between the platforms, contaminated after 5 years of building activity, also needs to be scraped down to fresh ballast, and then filled back up again with new. How much new, and where, is being worked out at the moment. In the picture Steve and Andy examine the survey to see what impact it has on the ballasting.
The rectangular piece of stone in the foreground is a window sill from the original station, unfortunately too damaged for further use. If you want a piece of the original station, we might consider selling it for a donation...