Rain again. What to do?
As it happens, the 4 GWR poster boards assembled over the last few week are ready, so how about putting them up? We'll be in the dry then.
|In a small workshop not far from the railway.
The poster boards are mounted on strips which run down the wall. These have been prepared and here Neal is cutting little gaps into the back of the boards to allow the strips to sit flush.
The first one is ready for fitting to the wall.
Our assembling activity was somewhat interrupted by an unusual rumble from the road and we dropped our tools and raced down the drive to see what it was. Alas it was true, we had another bridge strike, the first one since we put the crash protection beams up. It's been a while too, the beams were fitted in October 2018 and it's been nearly 6 months without a strike (normally about every 2 months).
The lorry in question was a low level flatbed artic, with a separate tractor unit loaded on top. The bridge was hit by the wind deflector of the tractor unit.
After taking pictures of the accident and informing the ops manager, we continued with the assembly of the boards and here is Neal bolting on the first one. Tony and John look on.
The 'piece de la resistance' were the posters themselves, which Neal recommended were attached with brass escutcheon pins. Escutcheon pins were duly purchased and here they are being hammered in.
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The GWR also had double sized poster boards, so we reckoned one of these would fit in here, with two smaller ones left and right. There is a large variety of reproduction posters available.
This dash of colour gives the station more atmosphere, doesn't it?
Again a success, we thought.
Wednesday at Winchcombe.
A gang of 15 today, which had much better weather than Monday and was cold and sunny. We split into two camps, PWay and construction of the platform for the Usk weighbridge hut. This will be reported on the Heritage Herald blog in future, as the build progresses.
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We've had a little internal recruitment drive for track walkers, the people that walk our track in sections to check that everything is OK and note down any defects.
Here they are in a huddle. No doubt they are being given maps showing the way, any pubs along the route, and points of scientific interest.
Dave here is just grinding off a last bolt, to separate steel from timbers.
The last bit was a tad reluctant to come off the timbers; this is the first attempt.
Pointwork and timbers were then stored separately around the site as two lorries were expected, one for steel and one for timbers.
During lunch the first of the two lorries arrived and rail loading went on throughout the afternoon.
Finally at the end of the afternoon the second lorry arrived to load the timbers. They were still at it when we stopped work around four.
Check out the Heritage Herald blog then for the work on the goods platform, on which the Usk hut will sit: