This was the first of our three gala days, and there was a spirit of excitement around the car park at Winchcombe.
The Caley tank came in first. For technical reasons there was a last minute change of plan, and instead of pulling the rake of 5 coaches the blue tank engine busied itself with a short freight train, right outside the mess coach:
Here the blue tank loco is waiting for the two passenger trains to cross at Winchcombe, with the train from Toddington already 'pegged'.
And now to work. For various reasons there are some uneven stretches at Didbrook, with some areas high and others low.
On the other hand, this area was too low:
The dropped joint was packed with Kangos, and with this low area raised, and the high area lowered, we had our track level again. Result !
Mike and Bert Ferrule seem oblivious to the beautiful Cotswolds countryside behind them.
Once we had dealt with the high/low level area, we started to deal with some fishplate issues, and here is Steve bringing a set from the far Landie. Bolted together like that, a set of two with 4 nuts and bolts is heavy, but no issue for Steve.
Outside P&O trundled by with a roaring injector exhaust.
Friday at Broadway
Just the two of us again, due to holidays. The weather was forecast to be fine in the morning, and showery in the afternoon.
The best thing to do then was seize the opportunity while it's dry and paint the roof sheets. Here the third layer is going on, with another three on the other side.
We got it all on, but after drying for about an hour they were subjected to a shower - just as forecast. Luckily we are only at the undercoat stage.
Outside on the forecourt, someone with an excellent taste in cars: