|Oi ! Where's the jam !
|With thanks to Paul Challis
The snow was odd. It was very shallow in some places, and very deep in others.
Despite a 9 degree temperature at the end of the afternoon, our railway still had remarkable drifts, such as this one here, spotted today near Bishops Cleeve. No problem though for a 100 ton steam locomotive.
Here is a shot of the famous Skew Bridge. It's open to traffic again, and our sleeper depot, which once held 7000 concrete sleepers, is now empty, neat and tidy.
The olive green Dogfish was selected, and parked precisely so that the dump would begin after a fishplate with bonding wire on it that we did not want affected.
With a toot the class 73 set off slowly, leaving a trail of ballast in the four foot, which the Shark behind then spread outwards. Just perfect.
It's rural out there.
Job done as far as we could, we returned to Toddington for lunch and to meet the rest of the gang, to see what we could do next.
On the way back, we stopped at Winchcombe.
We dropped in at the ever friendly C&W shed to see how they were doing with the restoration of this padded waiting room bench for Broadway.
It was last used in a pub at Swindon, and came to us with only 5 legs. This was not only unauthentic, but also a concern in view of the increasing weight of some members of the public, so we were keen to have it equipped with a maximum number of legs. The carpenters at C&W are doing a wonderful job here. The old wood has been stripped of its black paint as found, ands the new will be stained to match the original and then varnished. Green vinyl has been sourced for the upholstery.
After lunch, BROAD_AY. Something not quite right here...
It seems that the 'W' made of plywood in 2013 started to delaminate. Although we have a duplicate set of cast aluminium 12'' letters, the plywood 'W' will be replaced in the first instance to get the show on the road for opening. At some time in the future when things have calmed down the full set of cast aluminium letters will be fitted.
The BAG gang did extremely well today, having laid this orange final layer before tarmaccing over several days on their hands and knees! The material was dumped on the forecourt by a 20ton lorry and was brought in by a fleet of wheelbarrows. Very hard work, and you can see that everyone is really giving their best in order to get the station as complete as possible before the opening.
The turnouts have now been fitted with locking and operating levers, and one of these days a test locomotive will be taken through the station to make sure that everything works. When? Well, that will be a last minute decision.