Meanwhile, we rationalised the yard, which had become a bit of a dumping ground after all the materials coming and going for the extension works.
Bags had split, excess stuff brought back and dumped, fishplates separated and all mixed up.
Here we are putting plastics into a dumpy bag. There are so many that it was found quicker to shovel them like sand.
The camera continues to play up, today taking several photographs which then failed to appear in the gallery. So one of the spy adding some bullet holes to the tail end of a 'shot down' Me109, and another of him scurrying along the Winchcombe platform looking furtive. Some of the ones it did please the camera to put in the gallery are now on this blogpost, so enjoy the little it gave.
The tea got cold if not drunk immediately, so we threw it down and resumed sorting out the yard.
Alan on the Telehandler shuttled dumpy bags about, and after a while we had a better idea that in future we would be able to find something, if we wanted say a pair of fishplates for a broken set. Lifter (specialist) fishplates are now in the GUV, and straight fishplates in the MOGO for example.
Neil waved Alan close to this stillage of chair screws, but then complained that no one came to help him throw the heavy bags off the pallet.
Well, we didn't ask Alan to stand this close, now us others can't get in, much as we would like to lift heavy bags of fishplates. Sorry, not our fault, the will is there though. Make do with that.
|Zey vill not recognize me now, despite the GWSR jumper under my coat.|
There was a lot of hilarity when the spy - not wholly unknown in PWay circles - came to enquire if we knew of any tank or ammunition depots in the area.
With the vital information carelessly leaked to him, the spy made off with a victorious smirk in a CRC bound train.
Here's 2807 just leaving the station limits with 8 on. Have to open the regulator a bit for that.
Haven't we come a long way. In the picture above the train is so long at 8 coaches that you can only see the first 6 in the frame. The heavy freight loco has real work accelerating this round a curve on slippery rail.
|Photograph by Chris Roberts.|
We can give ourselves a big pat on the back, and bless those early day pioneers.
Friday at Broadway
Another rainy day, but there we have a canopy! No cafe yet though, we are working on that.
Three of the 4 BEWARE of TRAINS signs are now up. We have also had an order large enough to do another production run, so if you are interested and want to join in, drop us a line at breva2011 (at) hotmail.co.uk. These production runs will be irregular, as we need a minimum total order of 4 to make it worth while taking the original back to the foundry.
Here's the third cast iron sign, at the north end of P1.
We still want to move one of the lamp huts to its original position by the footbridge steps, so this post has not been fixed in concrete, just in case it is in the way of the manoeuvres.
Now, back to a bit of history.
Here is that wonderful 1904 picture of all the ladies waiting at Broadway for their train to arrive from Honeybourne.
- GWR lettered poster boards. There is one on every available wall space in this picture.
- The V boards over the doors. These are currently in progress. We will have, in the order on the picture, REFRESHMENT ROOM, BOOKING OFFICE, LADIES ROOM and GENTLEMEN.
- The lanterns under the canopy.
Good news on the latter, they have arrived!
Thanks to a great supporter of the Broadway project we have been able to liaise with a heritage specialist and a hand made lamp workshop.
After a lot of study of the above picture and others along our line we finally managed to work out the details. The lanterns have been faithfully copied, and fitted with an electric light inside. Real gas was a step too far though, and it appears that acetylene gas does not burn very cleanly either.
The lamps include the gas pipe from above, a replica flexible joint in the middle and a beautiful little chimney on top of the white lantern glass. The station name BROADWAY appears in etched glass below.
There are a total of 4 lanterns in this sponsorship, three for the main building and a fourth for the building opposite on P2. They are located between alternating trusses. They will be fitted Friday next week.
The generous sponsorship also includes the manufacture of two larger hexagonal lamps. If you look carefully, you can see one at the foot of the steps, to the right of the WAY OUT sign. It hangs under the northern canopy extension. We now have an agreed layout for this canopy extension, which will provide a very welcome dry circulating area at the north end, very welcome in rainy weather like today's. The footbridge steps will end inside the canopy extension. We hope to make a start on the steelwork soon.