Painting, Painting.... at least it's topcoat now. We're doing the structural steelwork in the roof at both ends, with the middle to do when we have moved the T&G stored there for the time being.
Also watching Neal attach the treads to the P1 stairs.
The treads are reamed out on the platform, then taken up for drilling new holes
The wood is of a very hard quality indeed, so Neal has to get his back into it.
Finally coach bolts are used to attach the treads. Neal showed one coach bolt where the head had come off on tightening. Didn't know that was even possible!
Although only 'showers' were forecast today, it actually came down in stair rods over lunch time. There was wind too, flapping the trousers as you stood up on top, painting under the roof.
The rain water sat on top of the angles...
And almost at the top now - just two more to go in this picture.
At the end of this very wet day Neal had got to the top! Yeah ! Now to sort out the landing.
Saturday at Winchcombe and at Gotherington.
It was Food fair day today, with 4 trains out and about.
Wish we had some food...
Doughnuts and tea this morning were soon gone. We had more attendees than usual (at least recently) and we were 'doughnut poor'.
The Sulzer engine has a slow and rather pleasing relentless throb, with a tickover speed of just 250 rpm. The absolute red line, we heard, was a mind boggling 750rpm. A bit like slow cooking, or slow TV. Potentially boring, yet somehow fascinating.
While part of our team stayed behind to write risk assessments, the main gang repaired over to the southern Winchcombe turnout in order to carry on recording our track assets.
This was the first service south, so largely empty, but certainly worth filming as the loco climbed up the hill to the summit of the line.
After measuring up the point, and with the main traffic now north and south out of Winchcombe, we went over to the other end of the loop through the station, where we fitted two tie bars. Track walkers had noticed that there was some movement in the chairs here, a sign that the timbers need replacing. We will order new ones.
While at Winchcombe, we broke for an early lunch in the mess coach.
Lunch is followed by the graveyard hour, as any teacher will tell you.
The team arrived at Gotherington north turnout for measuring once more, but a little less enthusiastic.
Now you can see why the fireman of 2807 was hanging out of the cab - the signalman at Gotherington was waiting on his little platform to make the token exchange.
With the down train gone, and its token available for heading north, the double header set off for Winchcombe in front of us.
7903 and the new Pannier pulled away and through the station, while Dave seems to take a sunbath by the lineside.
As you might have guessed, we're more professional than that, he was guiding Pete in the foreground on the bottle jack to get the lift right for packing the joint.
|How does this signal work then?|
|What's this bit do, Pete?|
Before moving to the other end of the loop, via Manor Lane, we let the next service train past.
We then measured up the southern turnout of Gotherington loop, and that was it for the day. Now there is just CRC to do, one last day's work.
November is a non running month, and work is scheduled on Stanway viaduct involving the removal of several panels of rail. We might be asked to assist with that.