A large gang attended the start of the Malvern side siding at Broadway north today.
Two days earlier a second buffer stop had been selected and brought up to the far end of the Broadway site by Stevie.
This second one is identical to the first (made of lightweight 75lb rail) but more moth eaten still.
Almost every sleeper needs replacing, and most of the base plates under it too.
At the moment it's just been dropped here, and still needs to move to its correct position.
Members of the PWay gang examine the new arrival. What needs doing first?
The first thing to do was to get a decent sleeper under the front. In this picture it has been slid under, but the rails turn out to be too close together, so we can't do up the chair screws.
Stevie hopped out of his cab and got right stuck in.
A combination of track jack and a piece of timber allowed the rail ends to be jacked apart sufficiently for the chair screws to go in all the way. Then everything was nice and tight.
The next job.... the stop block wasn't in quite the right place. It's a heavy old thing, so the JCB was summoned in to move it this way and that a few inches.
It had to go further back, and a little closer to the other track.
Leigh sorts out the true position by means of a tape measure and some yellow spray paint. His finger points to a mark on the ballast that signifies the position of the sleeper end. A bit further along then.
Behind him, three replacement sleepers have been slotted in, so the whole thing is already in better shape.
After this trial and error, we adopted the idea of a temporary stack at the platform end, from where 4 sleepers at a time could be taken down to the rail head, working backwards towards the station. While the JCB and / or Telehandler were gone, the gang could adjust the sleepers so that they were in line and parallel. After 18 sleepers were laid out the first rails were lifted in. We were using second hand 45ft lengths.
Here the first 45ft length is in its bed, and signals are being given to Steve to move it forwards a few inches, to make contact with the end of the buffer stop.
Four pairs of rails had already been dragged up the previous Saturday, so lifting them in was a relatively simple job.
This end is being steadied with bars, while the other end is lifted into its bed.
We were still in the dry, so carried on laying out sleepers, with another group of 4 being brought in by Alan on the Telehandler here. Men on bars stand by to straighten them out into their correct positions.
With us having to lift the rail in end-on, it wasn't quite possible to position the Camlock exactly in the middle. The fattest guys among us - yes, you! - were picked to provide some counter weight at this end, while the other end, now featherlight, was barred into place.
After a whole morning on this job, we got into a nice little routine, and we noticed that Steve was not only bringing down 4 sleepers, but, why not, also a pair of rails behind. No time to waste !
Once we had used up the 4 pairs of rails brought down in anticipation last Saturday, we began to drag down further supplies, sometimes with a load of sleepers in front (as above) and sometimes alone, as here. In total, we laid 126 sleepers today, which allowed us to lay in 7 pairs of rails. This gives us 100m in the 300m stretch between the platforms and the northern boundary.
More PWay work on Monday, ballasting and 'tweaking' the track at Peasebrook, in preparation for stressing the last of the 3 kilometres of CWR.
Friday - a day at Broadway
On Friday small team of 3 put in an extra day at Broadway to install lamp posts on platform 1 north. This was possible after the removal of the storage containers that had stood there for the last 4 years.
There are a total of 6 lamp posts to plant, as well as the posts for the platform 1 running in board. All the material for this (i.e. the replica posts) had been sourced earlier and pre-positioned; now came the time to put them up.
It takes a lot of preparation to plant these posts. The sockets for them were put in several months ago, with the exception of one, which was in the place of a non-heritage streetlamp still requiring replacement. It currently helps to hold up the little carpenters' shelter, but will be removed before then end of this month.
In this picture the precise depth of the post is being verified. The hexagonal base needs to be below ground, the round part of it showing above.
Then the post can be fixed in its socket with a weak mix of concrete to hold it steady.
This is one of the replica GWR platform lamp posts that we have commissioned, and which we sell to third parties to raise funds for the GWSR. If you are interested in any for your railway, drop us a line at breva2011 (at) hotmail.co.uk.
A final check with a level ensures that it is upright this way, and that. It's not as easy as it looks, as the posts are slightly conical, so you have to allow for that when taking the levels off the side.
Up on the canopy, some additional scaffolding has been erected around the two chimneys being built. This will allow the top courses of corbelling to be added, as well as a typical GWR stone slab which features as part of the decoration.
Visible in this view from above is the extent of the woodwork now being fitted to the rivetted canopy steelwork. This supports the corrugated iron sheets which will finish off the roofing here.
Some of the initial supporting woodwork has had to be removed again, and fitted with more robust timbers, and ones which feature a chamfer of the right angle to correctly support the sloping sheets which will be laid on top.
This was the 'first draft' of the supporting timber a few days ago, with the sheeting resting only on the edge.
In the background is the heightened scaffolding to complete the chimney stack.
Over the new front door (the original building did not have this, but for today's passenger volumes it is preferrable to route people through the building, rather than round it) a canopy is being installed.
The method of construction is in modern welded 'C' section steel. Fingers crossed that none of this will be visible from below when it is finished.
Finally, a last look from above, this time looking north: