Thirteen of us today, a cold, damp and somewhat windy day that made it seem colder than it really was. We set off for Winchcombe, with the Telehandler equipped with a bucket to bring some ballast for packing, and the Landie the forks by road for to finish off unloading the extension clearance train.
Here Rick and Peter wait by the 'serving hatch' (aka The GUV) at Winchcombe for an issue of Kango packing hammers from inside.
Peter already has the sharp end of one in his hand, and we spent a merry 15 minutes trying to work out if the only way to get them on was the right way. It must be, but it felt wrong.
The third carriage set is parked on the right, as we are running just two trains today, both steam.
And here we go, synchronised Kango packing.
It's on a length of rail that was reported as moving up and down as trains passed, which of course we can't have. The affected stretch was marked out in yellow, so easy to find and off we went.
On the right you can make out the Landie and next to it you can glimpse the Telehandler, ready to remove offcuts of rail from the bogie flat in the picture.
No B&S blog today, due to the absence of their chief cameraman.
We noticed they built this little ramp up to the (somewhat higher) door, and were still painting the fence they put up the previous week.
An interesting curiosity in the yard is this turnout. It's a blast from the past, laid many moons ago when you used what you could find.
Here they really wanted a LH turnout, but apprently didn't have one, so used a RH one instead. You compensate with a sharp kink. Well, it is just a siding, rarely used.
The other half of the team did a great job on clearing all the odd bits of rail off this bogie flat. Only one length left on it now, an IBJ which belongs to someone else, so will be taken to another location on our railway.
Finally, (almost) the same gang had a day at Hayles Abbey halt on Monday. Yes ! We haven't forgotten it. We thought it deserved a little care and attention, and here is our report of the day: