Get up early, the scaffolders are coming! They are going to complete the scaffolding round the P1 stairs, where we have been unable to fit the boarding so far.
D6948 pulls into Broadway, seen from the footbridge.
The angry departure growl didn't happen, so no video (that is worth uploading). The train just pulled away on tickover. It's a powerful locomotive, after all.
It was a day of waiting for the scaffolders, and painting the timbers already fitted in light stone undercoat.
The train arrived a second time. These movements are not in the timetable so little known, and there were hardly any people about.
Here is the Cotswolds side of the P1 scaffolding, finally completed.
Note how the third level has been cantilevered out a bit, so that we can now work on the corner of the centre span. It was the upper, outer timbers that were holding us up, as their tops need to be integrated into the corners.
Saturday at Toddington
Sunny today, but minimum temperatures and an icy wind. Hats were pulled down low over eyes, as we ventured out on to the exposed embankment at Toddington south to continue with the sleeper replacement on siding No.1.
The big wheels stayed in the mess coach at Winchcombe and went into a huddle, to which uz workers were not invited.
|Ill gotten gains taste the best.|
But while the cat's away....
Diana enjoys a large bacon roll, obtained somehow from a passing train, we know not her secret.
Ill gotten gains are the best though, like stolen apples.
One couple was observed at the window with a gin & tonic each - now that is civilised!
The service train with 2807, back on the road again after a hot bearing last Sunday, had hardly gone when Dinmore Manor shunted by.
Dinmore had been heating its train (in the background) and it looked like two steam hauled 8 coach trains were about to depart south.
In fact once the first service train had left, Dinmore stopped heating its train from the south, ran round, and coupled up to the north end.
There's a lot to see on the GWSR.
We helped ourselves to six of these new softwood sleepers that were left over from the main line relay earlier this year. They were dragged on to the Permaquip trolley.
All the tools went on top of that too. We have so many tools that we need, it was a delicately balanced pile of 'Pickup Sticks' and it wasn't long before the front side of the pile slid off and into the four foot with a clatter. Dang !
Last week we gave ourselves a head start by excavating two more beds at the end of the day, so we had a flying start this morning. This one was ready to go straight away.
It's polite to ask the bobby, a bit like asking permission of a captain to come aboard. Permission was granted, but whoa! What are your shoes like? We scuffed our dusty boots around a bit on a mat, feeling a somewhat guilty. A bit like Thora Hird telling Wesley (in Last of the Summer Wine) to come right in, it was his house after all, and then quickly laying a sheet of newspaper under each step he took.
After lunch we continued, and thanks to our brilliant start we were now past the signal box and in sight of the end. Well almost, there were 6 more sleepers to do, and they were all bunched up.
|To remove a rotten GWR throughbolter, break it in half.|
|'X' marks the spot for Steve|
Four of them were in this row, and they were all GWR thoughbolters, so needed replacement chairs. From the far end of the yard, of course. Thank goodness for the Permaquip trolley, we got 4 more sleepers with it too.
Then there are all the fishplates to review. One was so ill-fitting that it derailed the Permaquip trolley today. Well, it does have very small wheels, which have a tendency to do this with the slightest track unevenness.