Saturday and Monday volunteers carried on with various tasks on site. Peter K manufactured some more spear fencing panels which were transported to Toddington for the painters to prime in between working on canopy parts. More work was also done on the station brickwork with John C completeing another arch and preparing several others.
Today, contrary to forecast, started off very wet for the 18 volunteers on site, this delayed work on the station and driveway, but eventually it turned out to be a pleasant day.
There were also four volunteers on the painting team at Toddington. Today's work included cleaning up and priming parts that had been riveted in place of the temporary bolts. Also the spear fencing panels delivered this morning were primed and the legs bitumined. Panels primed last week were returned to Broadway.
Graham and Mike priming more of the giant meccano set.
Back at Broadway on the driveway it was decided, whilst it was too wet for concreting, to pre position some of the kerb stones for the front of the footpath. The easiest way was one at a time with wheelbarrows. A total of 60 was moved in to position by end of day. Paul and Keith loading the barrow, definitely a two man lift, Terry waiting to go.
Happy in their work in the wet, at least it's downhill. These kerbs will eventually be laid 2 metres from the back edgings, which is roughly where the Heras fencing is at the moment. The finished path level will be 75mm above the drive.
"There is definitely concrete in there somewhere". Mid morning it was decided that the laying of the back edging could be continued.
Terry, Keith, Rod and Ian waiting for the concrete to get started.
Terry setting the penultimate path edge. This is as far as we can go until the gap is filled in the platform, the infill is done and this area graded to the correct level. We now go back to the bottom of the drive to lay the front kerbs.
At the other end of the site, at the end of platform 1, Steve with a small 360 digger had pulled an exploratory trench to expose the depth of spoil that had been put in the entrance to the old horse dock. This has all got to be removed to facilitate the siting of the maintenance facility.
When the original cutting profile is reached our engineer will decide if any further support structure is required.
The decision having been made as to how much to remove Steve waits, bucket full, for the dumper to return from taking the spoil down to the car park area.
By the late afternoon much had been removed but there is much more and the work will continue tomorrow. Eventually this area will be raised up to trackbed level and a concrete slab laid. Two of our existing containers will be sited here, fenced of from the platform and running line.
On the station building Brian and Peter Q carried on positioning the ceiling joists. By end of play every joist was in place bar one. This last one has to be adapted to fit round some of the steelwork. There are still some blocks to be cut and positioned between the joists.
Back to the arches, the bricks at each side of the arch need to be cut to an angle to accommodate the first brick of the arch. Here John C is marking this angle on to each brick so they can be cut, Bob waiting to do the cutting.
Bob now pointing up some of these cut bricks he laid earlier, you can make out the angle on the left side.
This shot shows the first brick each side of the arch set in place. These are allowed a couple of days to harden before the arch is finished.
As always other work was going on, our colleagues from Permanent Way were on site working on the levels and calculating the amounts of Type 1 and ballast required for the northern end of the station to our boundary. Deliveries of which will be commence shortly. Julie manned, or is it personned, the sales shed and had some visitors even though it was not a nice day earlier.
This final picture shows JC assisted by Tony and Bob casting the hearth for the signal box fireplace. This involved some shuttering with the slate up stands being filled with concrete. When this is set the slate top, left foreground will be bedded on to the slab.
Posted Rod W additional photos Paul C, Mike S