Tarmaccing has started and Friday was the second day of four scheduled.
Note that the machine has wheels, whereas the one that did the platform was a tracked one.
The extra stone was needed as the wheels of the tarmac laying machine ran into soft ground and part of a sub surface conduit, so a hurried reinforcement job in stone was required.
Nothing was done on the footbridge steps, as Neal and John were drafted in to help the contractor repair the conduit.
As the tarmaccing is now a day behind schedule an extra day has been slotted in; to wit, Monday. Hopefully footbridge work can then resume, and the tarmaccing completed on Wednesday as originally planned.
Saturday at the races.
We met at Winchcombe, where the mess coach is now stationed again.
Stevie was there to greet us, chirpy as ever.
The white Landie would prove its worth today, as we needed a tipper, and we now have one!
Nigel drove the white Landie underneath the back acter of the JCB, and with a crunch a ton of fresh ballast was deposited in it.
Now to drive up and over Cleeve Hill!
Bert Ferrule is checking the levels, with the white evidence of pumping clay in the foreground.
Under the bridge is Stevie just arriving with the digger, which he brought down via Manor Lane.
Jacks were in every 4 sleepers and 28 such positions had been noted in red paint along that rail.
Note how the track points straight at the pass on Cleeve Hill here. If, as once proposed, a tunnel were dug here, the line would come out at Winchcombe village itself. However, due to the cost and objections from a land owner (we heard today) the GWR decided to divert around the hill, picking up Gotherington, Gretton and and ending in much shorter tunnel at Greet. The deviation resumed the original line outside Winchcombe village by a long sweeping curve, ending on the far side of Chicken Curve.
There, a bit of history for you.
The hard work was the digging out of the sleepers to a level low enough for the packing of the ballast to be done.
We are having a tamper in this year, but it will focus principally on the Broadway extension.
Hence the hand work here.
We did 20 of the 28 marked points (about 100 yds worth) in the morning, then broke for lunch.
The completion of the hole meant that the Landie with the fresh ballast could be reversed up to it, and its cargo dropped.
Stevie would then ladle it into the 4 foot with the back acter.
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The main gang completed the repair of the twist, by lifting the remaining 8 points.
We then walked over to Southam lane to help Bert and Steve.
A second load of fresh ballast was brought down by the white Landie and in the picture has just been tipped into the four foot.
Chris and Bert here are just completing the filling. We also clipped the track back up, the sleepers loosened in the morning having been pushed back into their proper places.
A bit of a lift is still required here; a job for next week.
Spring is here, no beast from the east at the moment, and on Saturday 9th March we start running trains again.
Race specials follow a few days later, it's all coming together.
Travel by train was involved, and this astonishingly beautiful platform indicator. The attractive tile work is not unlike that on the central section of the Piccadilly line in London, and both are still there. Aren't we lucky to have this?
But where was it?
No prizes offered, except perhaps the honour of being the first to guess correctly.