Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Putting a Lid on it!

Wednesday 13th September 2017.

Monday update.

A small band of volunteers were on site on Monday, the carpentry team of Peter, Dave and Brian completed half of the gable northern end. Whilst Neal and John S made a start on the roofing sheets on the platform side.

Firstly we had during the morning a visit from the scaffolders, their job was to remove the scaffolding from around both of the chimneys.

Here now is a view of the two chimneys in all their glory.This side of roof will be ready for its sheets once the guttering has been completed.

As I previously mentioned the carpentry team was on site on Monday and they completed the daggerboarding of the gable end, only half being done at the moment as eventually it will repositioned when the canopy is extended towards the bridge stairs.The other half of the gable will have a temporary water proof marine ply cover attached to give this end a weatherproof seal.

North end gable end ready for painting 
The below pictures shows the first sheet installed and at the end of the day the total fitted. Once Neal and John got into the swing of things they seemed to go up quite fast.

Neal lining up the first of the sheets

End of the first day 

And now Wednesday

Today saw 18 volunteers turn out for the work which mainly concentrated on or around the station building, weather was changeable mostly sunny but with one downpour around lunch time.

Firstly to the gable end which on Monday saw one half completed, today it was the turn of the other half!

Temporary sheets of marine ply were cut and fix by Peter and Dave, when the canopy eventually gets extended towards the bridge staircase these will be removed and something more permanent will be constructed. Almost right behind us all the day were the painters of Graham and Mike, no sooner were the sheets erected than -

they were painted, first with primer then the first under coat. Most of the day at this end of the building there was an overwhelming smell of wet paint! But even with just the first coat it is now looking quite smart.

Over by container 3 the other Mike continued applying the primer to the many station doors.

After the gable end had been finished the carpentry team moved on to fitting a another piece of detail which is situated below the guttering . 

Pete seen here wedging the board against the guttering board before being nailed into place. Within the hour Graham had started at the far end giving these boards their first coat of light stone.

But the highlight of the day was the rapid fixing (when they finally got going) and of the finishing of the installation of the roofing sheets on the platform side. Above seen behind Peter is Neal drilling fixing holes for the sheets. Neal and John had started the day this side of where the down pipe is seen going through the dagger boards.

Below a composed picture of the last of the fixings going in on the last sheet , a small group stayed on to watch the final moments .

Considering they only started on Monday, they have made excellent progress.The top section of the roof will eventually be glazed in the not so distant future.

As this was going on more roofing sheets were being sorted in to a pile of long sheets and short sheets.They should be lifted by the Tele Handler maybe on Saturday, onto the car park side scaffolding, ready to be started next week.

Elsewhere around the building Dave H was getting the guttering brackets fitted and guttering ready to be fitted on the car park side.

Car Park Guttering ready for fixing.

Down on the track bed Ron, Chris and Dave sorted through surplus bricks etc. and removed them to a storage area. Useful stuff!
Ron and Dave sorting.
Elsewhere Brian and Pat were destroying vegetation on the cuttings as per norm and Vic took a turn in the shop in Julie and Steve's absence .

Foot Note

If anybody is interested, or asks, we put up a total of 251 dagger boards on the front of the station !!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Round the Bend !

Wednesday 6th September 2017

The day started overcast and we had an odd shower but in the end it was quiet a pleasant day for the 18 of us who turned out today, a bit low on numbers as it must still be holiday season for most.

A photo from the one of the previous days work, shows that the all the shuttering from both chimneys has now been removed.

Soon the scaffolding will be removed from around the chimneys to allow for the commencement of the installation of the roof sheeting.

Talking of roof sheets, today we saw them finally delivered.

Luckily Steve and his trusty "JCB" was close by to help with the unloading or we could have been in for a long day !

Later the Telehandler arrived and placed the first pile onto the top of the scaffolding in the anticipation of start soon.

Before that can be commenced the guttering has to be fitted,plus the woodwork needs yet more second and top coats

 Mike and Graham giving the dagger boards another coat and above their heads Neal has been installing the brackets to hold the guttering.

Graham giving the gable end now a top coat .

Before the sheets go on Brian also went around the both sides of the roof structure fitting an angled wedge of wood to help with sitting of the sheets not on an edge, but on a more flatter surface.

The arrival of more tongue and grooved wood meant the carpentry team of Peter Q, Dave H and Brian T could start the construction and fitting of the remaining dagger boards on the platform side. Below Pete is seen cutting the drip slots in the last 9 dagger boards.

As we approached the corner a bit of fine adjustment for the corner boards to make sure they will look right, after a bit of head scratching the first of the northern dagger boards has been fitted, we are now ready to start and complete the temporary north gable end. We have now gone round the Bend !!

Down the bottom of the drive Rod, Ron and Vic completed the previously started drainage troughs.

Vic is digging the trench for the pipe from the end of the trough, and then Rod created a suitable hole for it in the manhole, afterward everything was sealed with liberal amounts of concrete .Ron in the second photo has the job of diverting the BT cable duct over the drainage pipe.

Later John C assisted, putting the final lid on the trough, then more concrete was applied to hold everything in place.

Elsewhere around the site .

Previous working days saw the last of the GWR style lamps erected on platform 1, this position was were the carpenters temporary hut was.
They have now found a new home in the semi dry in what will be the canteen .

Pat and Brian continued the never ending task of cutting back the vegetation on the embankments.

Pat on the East Bank.

Julie and Steve were present in the shop with a steady stream of visitors.

Talking of visitors, can we thank Paul who visited our station today and brought us all a selection doughnuts. Paul is a regular Blog watcher, and comments on our progress and is an occasional visitor to our railway when time allows.

By the look of his face Paul "volunteer" is extremely happy to accept a doughnut of our visitor Paul.

And finally a view from the partly completed switch back to the station, in the distance Steve has been removing and leveling old ballast up to and around the end of the platforms .

The new ballast had been laid up to our mess huts, are they finally going to start between the platforms soon?

Thursday, 31 August 2017

They Said It Wouldn't Last

Wednesday 30th August 2017

Twentyfour volunteers signed in for a day which started by giving us three hours plus of light rain, but brightened up considerably to provide a very pleasant afternoon.

The Painters
On Saturday 26th Graham organised several volunteers on painting duties and much was accomplished, with the canopy dagger-boards & valance getting a top coat and the gable end getting also getting the two-tone top coat treatment. The following pictures, taken today, should please the "armchair sceptics".
                                                         The morning in the rain
                                                          The afternoon in the sunshine

 Once the weather improved, Graham was up there putting a top coat on the small entrance canopy.
The Wreckers                                                                                                                                            
As part of the ongoing clearance of platform 1, the carpenters' shelter, so useful over the past year or so, now needed to be removed. Peter Q, Dave H & Brian T will temporarily use the restaurant area   for any undercover work left to do.
They said it wouldn't last. Well Dave & Peter it did stand up well - until now!
It was easy to find volunteers to help with the dismantling (wrecking)
Well done Ray. Now to put that lot on platform 2, under cover

The Builders                                                                                                                                              
Once the weather cleared up, John S & Bob W finished moulding the caps to both chimneys. A         
special concrete mix was prepared and delivered by Tony B, Clive & Paul.                                         
    John S & Bob W carefully fill the shuttering with another bucket of special. Chimney 1.                  
Bob smoothing off the cap on chimney 2, with a wet trowel
The shuttering for the chimney caps will soon be removed, and then scaffolding around the chimneys can be taken down.                                                                                                                                  

The Brush Cutters
Brian M on the upside embankment and Pat on the downside, behind the messroom, continued the hard graft of cutting back vegetation.

The Driveway Crew
Terry & Rod continued with the construction of the drain across the entrance to the station driveway. Concrete was supplied by Tony B & Mike T.

In the morning sections of grating were fitted to the finished first half of the drain. You can see the shallow layers of sacrificial concrete each side of the drain, to protect the top edge until the drive is tarmacked. It will then be taken away to allow flush tarmacking to the top edges of the drain.
 Terry and Rod digging a channel to receive the remaining sections of drain troughs.
 By the end of play the concreting in of the remaining sections was accomplished. Terry & Rod are deep in thought over the next stage - the linking up process.

Finally, Julie and Steve looked after the shop, but had a rather quiet day trade-wise.

Paul C



Thursday, 24 August 2017

The Troops Rallied to the Call

First a brief resume of the efforts on Monday 21st.

11 volunteers signed in to continue the good works.

Bob W finished the brickwork for chimney 2, the false one. Paul cut a few bricks for him.

                              John C was adding more pieces to the southern gable end.

                      Neil C finished assembly of the framework for the northern gable end.

                              John S laid the penultimate row of corbelling in the gap & Tony backed up.

Last but not least, Brian M soldiered on for 4 solid hours to clear more undergrowth from the upside embankment, towards the northern end of our site.

Wednesday 23rd August

A marvellous turnout, with 26 volunteers signing in today. The day started with 2 hours of murky conditions but these were soon forgotten and it became very pleasant & conducive for the many tasks that were set.

Lineside Clearance:
Brian M again put in several hours of graft, clearing more undergrowth from the upside embankment.

The painters:

                      Mike T is adding undercoat to the rear of the canopy dagger boards.
                              Mike S is applying top coat to some of the canopy steelwork.
                 Boss Graham is top-coating the valancing over the canopy dagger boards.
You can see the pieces of cast iron guttering resting behind, ready to be attached to the valancing.
           John C is bringing up one of the many pieces of gutting for the canopy front
 John C had, earlier in the day, cut & assembled the verging to the top edge of the Southern gable end. This in turn was primed & later undercoated. Finished article looks good!
I must not forget Ray, who is seen undercoating several boards in the murk of the first 2 working hours. Later, Ray was later up on the scaffolding applying primer to the verging pieces, mentioned above.

The Bricklayers:

Hooray! the brickwork to fill the gap in platform 1 was finished. John S & Bob W finished the top row of corbelling whilst Tony & Clive finished the backing. Paul, when not taking photos or drinking the occasional coffee, supplied the mortar. 

The Carpenters:

                  Peter Q shows us where the chimney pot will sit, as if we didn't know! 
 Brian, Peter Q & Dave are discussing the second stage of shuttering around the top of chimney 1. The shuttering will be used next Wednesday to form a concrete plinth, roughly 4" thick, which will be marginally wider than the brickwork & will hold the chimney pot in place.
 Here Neal C is showing off his great bit of kit on chimney 2. This is made up of 4 specially crafted pieces of wood which can be clamped squarely around the brickwork. A second tier of shuttering will be attached around this framework to provide the correct depth of concrete for the chimney's plinth.

As an aside, whilst I was taking this pic., Rod called up to say I should come down; " It's too technical for you". Then he said, about their trench work down the driveway, "Perhaps we are out of our depth, as well".

The Cleaners:
Vic beavered away inside the station building and was able to clear out & sweep the floors of the kitchen & restaurant.

The Driveway "Diggers":

A drainage arrangement is needed at the bottom of the station driveway. Steve W was on hand to dig suitable trenches in the verge leading to the main rain water drainage pipe & across the bottom of the driveway where it meets the Evesham Rd. footpath.

     Steve W & JCB  are cutting a trench in the verge towards the driveway and will continue this across the bottom of the driveway                         
 With many of us packing up for the day, Terry, Rod & Keith were still hard at work. Concrete gulley sections for the drainage were being laid in the trench across the driveway. Keith supplied concrete whilst Terry & Rod carefully measured the depth. This last pic. shows John C presumably discussing depths & measurements with Dave B & Terry.

Altogether a very industrious day with a great deal accomplished .

Paul C