We put our wet gear on, in the wet, behind the car. Maybe if we have a lengthy tea break it will clear up?
It did too, someone is listening and took pity on us.
First, tea and doughnuts all round.
|So, for 30 days' fishplate greasing, I will get a certificate?|
Two teams went to Winchcombe, one to load up the Landie with some gear for Broadway, the other to work in the yard - result not known as we go to press.
As we passed through the yard, we couldn't help but noitice the fabulous concrete driveway being constructed.
Here is the finished bit, outside C&W.
It was being laid in sections, and today Wednesday the next section, just south of the C&W building, was being prepared.
Because of all the work and manoeuvering with contractor's vehicles, there is very little space, so the advice is to stay out. Hence the forecourt car park was chocka, and it wasn't even an operating day.
There was quite a bit of debate about fishplates, fishplate bolts and nut runners, until we finally took the Landie off to Broadway, as at 11 o'clock the first of two ballast trains was expected. Bowling along the B4632 at 10.50, we were astonished to see the first one already on the extension, trundling along steadily and us several minutes behind. We bolted up the car park slope to the site safe and fell out of the Landie, just as the ballast train arrived at the goods shed. Phew - made it!
The train was shunted right back... right back... not too far, we hoped, that bufferstop can't afford to be buffered up to yet.
Well, at the end of the day it could. Let's hope they are there only in a temporary fashion, and that we can think about the next extension, once we have digested this one.
The purpose of the reversal was to drop the plough, put the (highly professional) old car tyre under it, and sweep the drop made last week.
With the tyre on, the plough becomes that bit more efficient at turning inside surplus ballast to the outside. It saves work for the regulator.
We then made it through back to the southern end, and had a pow-wow about where exactly to drop next, and from which wagon.
P2 was selected, which meant moving the points. All have now had their tie bars fitted, so they are usable, albeit by means of a crowbar.
Not for long though, check out that ground frame that has arrived here. S&T are on the ball.
Here the class 73 peers out from under the HIA footbidge, having just emerged from the shadows.
Mustn't forget the fishplate gang at Broadway though. While we swanned around on the train, they had the hard job of fitting two new sets of fishplates to the down line buffer stop, and adding additional bolts to the up line.
At the end of the day, having run out of bolts, they also ran a site tidy up trolley along the line.
We're not going to leave anything behind.
What part of 'LOW BRIDGE' did you not understand?