|How do you know how far appart to lay the rails?|
|According to this plan it is back to front...|
Here we continued to lay in the first turnout on site.
And we have plan! We have a drawing for the turnout, which is fully reversible (so that you don't need two drawings), but do we want what's on the drawing, or its mirror image?
Nigel explains how it will go in.
This stretcher bar explains where we got our turnout from - LAV SOUTH.
LAV NORTH will go at the southern end, and so doing will complete the loop at Broadway.
A third turnout, off the loop, will give access to the siding.
After quite a lot of wriggling and levering, we got the first switch into position.
Having it on top of the sleepers allowed us to position those further. They are of course all numbered, but there's nothing like having the original switch on top to show you where everything is meant to go.
Here the sleepers at the the station end are being sorted out. Steve and Paul are on the jacks, while Nigel gets ready to pounce with the bar.
Once all the sleeper positions are satisfactory, we get the nut runner going to tighten up the chair screws. Not all of them though; we need a bit of flexibility so that the whole unit can be nudged later into its proper shape. If everything is done up tight first, it won't nudge (experience has shown...)
|I'm pushing - are you pushing?|
With the dink sorted out, and all the chairscrews fully tightened down, it's time to pull in the clips with the Pan puller.
As we've only got half a turnout here so far, this is achieved quite quickly, but the end result is very satisfying.
Well, not quite, because having pushed all the sleepers up by one, we were one more short at the station end.
No matter, Steve soon got the next one along and lifted it under the end with the void under it.
We won't go any further for the time being, as that would make the turnout wider, and we don't want to hinder our access to the siding alongside.
There are still plenty more bits to fit to this turnout.
Having completed the job for today - getting the two switches in - we broke up early. One group repaired to Peasebrook Farm to to some more track straightening, while another went to Stanton to examine a potential candidate for the second buffer stop.
The Landie follows with the tools, and allows us to see the start of the loop turnout, looking the other way towards our northern boundary.
On the way back to our cars, it's rather fun to dialogue with the Broadway gang. A bit of mutual ribbing, and a chat to see how we each got on.
A bit more on that wagon in the goods shed.
Coincidentally, after posting a picture of the interesting wagon in the goods shed last week, your scribe was invited to offer advice to the Caravan Club about a corner in the shed with some history about Broadway station. During a tour of the shed, we were shown the wagon and were able to discover more of its purpose and history.
'The Wanderer' was built in 1885 by the Bristol Wagon Works for author and retired Royal Naval Surgeon, Dr. William Gordon Stables. Shortly after receiving it, Dr. Gordon Stables took it on a huge tour from his home in Twyford all the way up to Inverness. Must have been a hard ride, look at those tiny wheels.
In 1907 the Caravan Club was formed, and Dr. Gordon Stables became its first Vice President. Although Dr. Gordon Stables died in 1910, 'The Wanderer' remained in the family until 1961, when it was bequeathed to the Caravan Club. It was eventually fully restored and since 2013 it has been exhibited at Broaday in the newly acquired GWR goods shed.
It's a unique exhibit, and certainly worth seeing.
In the foreground is the slope on which 3 sidings led down to a weighbridge by station road.
This is the huge sliding door which closed off the access from the road side. Neither the GWSR sheds at Winchcombe or Toddington still have this door, so it's quite a survivor.
We like the grille in the middle. You want what? To come in? We'll have to think about that....
This talk about the goods shed is a good occasion to mention the only piece of paperwork pertaining to Broadway station that we have ever found. It can be seen on display at the Broadway Tower. Unfortunately we were unable to see the original - if anyone can arrange this for us, we would be delighted, but in the meantime you'll have to make do with this photograph of a photograph.
It's a bill for 7/6d from 28th August 1907 - three years after opening - for transporting a horse from Broadway to Gloucester. The goods agent W.A White has thought it useful to add a comment that it is unusual to send the horse to Gloucester for sale there, and promise to pay the railway out of the proceeds! Luckily everything went well, as there is a receipt stuck to it dated September 6th.
If anyone else has any paperwork relating to Broadway, do let us know. A photograph of it would suffice, just something to have for our records. Email: breva2011 (at) hotmail.co.uk