Friday at Broadway
We were hoping to see evidence of the scaffolding company for our next stage, but there was no news of the promised quote.
To fill the time in usefully, we decided to plant the two rail posts brought up a few weeks ago.
We consulted this old photograph by John Diston for the location:
It's the only photograph we know that shows the location of the sign asking passengers to use the footbridge to cross the line. Can you see it? It's just visible way over on the right, at the bottom of the steps.
There were two versions of this sign, one requesting passengers, and the other a bit more frank, telling them that they must.
We need to find a second 'requesting' sign for P2, so if you know of one, do let us know.
Having cut the two rails to length, we set about digging the holes. This is not an easy job with a spade or even a narrow 'grafter'.
Neal always has the right tool to hand, in this case an auger, which worked like a dream in the original clay below. Brilliant!
In the picture we have added a short length of spearhead fencing, to give you an idea of how it will look when finished.
In fact there are a handful of panels of spearhead fencing still to go in here, which will link the gate post to the neighbour's wall. At the wall end there will be a return, and the last two cast iron posts we still have.
As soon as the scaffolding is up, we can make a start on the roof of the two steps.
Saturday on the gang
|Have you seen my token?
We decided to clean the sleepers of excess ballast on the relay at Toddington on this, the first day of services this season.
As Pete considers his options on the wheelbarrow, the gang answer a question from the DMU crew.
We were going to inform the signalman of our presence on the track, but not until he came back from an urgent mission.
The signalman was kind enough to let us watch, as he pulled the signals off for the first train.
From the effort expended one might presume the signal stood 2 miles away at Winchcombe!
The new windows are in, and the box immediately feels warmer and more comfortable, as the wind no longer whistles through them.
Then a quick trip over to the train register, as the kettle hisses away in the distance.
Below, the track gang stood aside to let the train pass, leering at yours truly.
A member of the loco department wished to remain anonymous though.
The Broadway cafe saw its first day of operation and made a busy start, although many early patrons of it, we heard, were in there to escape the ice cold wind blowing down the platform as they waited for their train. We hope they all bought a cup of coffee.
Some areas of the ballast we pushed off the sleepers contained quite a lot of fines, we noticed.
We threw that into the cess, as it retains water.
Note the first carriage is in carmine and cream. This is an SK on loan from the NYMR.
A roar behind us came from P&O being readied for some test runs to Winchcombe (as we discovered).
We settled down to each of us concentrating on a certain part of each sleeper - the 4 foot, the outside, LH chair or RH chair. That made it easier than having to turn backwards and forwards and fiddle with all of each sleeper each time.
|Doing anything nice on Sunday? Yes, having a lie - in.
Mid afternoon we started to feel a bit weary, it was hard on the back.
Steve and Pete have decided that a little rest is due. And why not, it's been a pretty constant job, bent over and shovelling all day.
At the end of the day we treated ourselves to a little social outing.