The joiners at C&W have now finished shaping a first batch of timbers for the sides of the steps
There are 20 of them, 5 for each side, of which 1 short (for the intermediate landing) and 4 long ones.
The longer ones are 7ft in length, so we've laid one out to give you an idea.
They look as if they ought to sit on the stringers, but Neal advised that these are in fact the ones that go on top of the sides.
We've stored the 20 timbers in one of the containers for now. You can see the profile that was shaped on the ends here. Essentially it's a chamfer and two drip grooves.
There is quite a bit of surface work to go on these now, a coat of preservative to start with, then the knotting compound. Neal has to cut them to the exact size as well.
All this took half a day, so not much painting during the morning. Well, none in fact, we were in the van going up and down between Winchcombe and Broadway.
Here is the class 37 running round, outside our mess room. It's still dry, but the afternoon was awful, it absolutely bucketed down. Again.
You can't see Cleeve Hill (should be visible in the background) so it's going to rain again soon.
|What are our friends looking at now?
At the moment we are in the privileged position to take these pictures from the footbridge, but in the not too distant future - next season we hope - you too will be able to stand up there and watch, although you won't be able to go down the P2 side until it's been built.
And don't try and pay on board the steam rail motor, you need to buy your tickets beforehand at this booking office! Now all we need is a visit from the steam rail motor. We have seen pictures of one at every one of our stations in the early days, except - Broadway. Why not put that right one day?
Saturday at Winchcombe (mostly)
The measuring gang was out again today, to size up the more complicated pointwork along the line, the plain line having been largely done now.
It was busy straight away round our mess coach, as this weekend is Diesel gala and two locos came into Winchcombe at once, one to pick up the third rake and the other to proceed into the station itself.
In the picture is the class 37, which has a surprising acceleration, if there isn't an 8 coach train behind it. It shot out of the picture.
Class 24 D5081 is thumping away outside the mess coach, but we are already on our way to Toddington to do the last turnout there.
Then we spoke to the signalman and for a while the training and measuring teams worked side by side.
It's right on top of the turnout we want to measure here.
This new turnout, which we placed as one of a pair a year ago, has now received its point motor, but it's not connected up yet.
With the southern turnout at Toddington ticked off our list, we went on to Winchcombe to start on the turnouts there.
The first was this one, leading to the C&W sidings.
Lunch was very interesting today as we were able to talk to the trainer, and discuss our track access issues and receive a lot of practical advice.
The second man is checking that no one is trying to open any doors as it pulls away. People do funny things.
And finally, as promised two more pictures of the 'Hoover', as it's a rare bird on our railway.
By this time we were on our fourth and final turnout, that's about as much as we can measure in a day. Next week it'll be the southern turnout near the tunnel, then we move on to Gotherington.
Another successful day for us, and we're about halfway through the turnouts. The closed season is upon us soon, and then we can get on with more extensive and more interesting track works.