Thursday, 19 January 2012

Wednesday 18th January 2012 - Dot teases us some more!

Another record breaking turnout today with 25 Volunteers and Worcester Students hard at work.
Platform 1B continues to get the attention and is coming along nicely. It's worth remembering that this section of wall is designed to contain the movement of the embankment behind it and the sooner this is done the happier I shall be.

Roger in action
The infill of the reinforced foundation was completed and the brick laying teams set to with building the wall proper. This is another appeal for imperial blue engineering bricks - the rate at which our stock is being consumed is alarming - please keep your eyes peeled for potential sources!

The headline story of the day was that a new hydraulic pump was fitted to Dot and she was back in action. It was a sight for sore eyes (Dot in Action 1) and music to my ears(if I can mix my metaphors!) Dot is a vital work horse for us in moving ballast around and levelling ground. She has been sorely missed over the past 6 months. Here she is shifting the recovered brick samples behind platform 1A

In this YouTube clip  Dot shifts some hardcore behind 1A(.Dot in Action 2). A great video clip - thanks to Jo again for his camera/phone work!
A sorry end to the tale is that Dot sprung an hydraulic oil leak after an hour and had to be returned base. Like all temperamental ladies, she lets you know when shes had enough!
 Lastly Gord and Dave worked like Trojans feeding the bonfires down in the car park - it is really hard graft trying to keep the fires fed - once lit you don't want them to go out.

If you have not been Watching Michael Portillo's Great British Railway Journeys you have missed a treat - takes a run on the Cotswold line and then down from Malvern to Cardiff, picking up on the Dean Forest Railway on the way. Really enjoyable stuff.( Michael Portillo's Great British Railway Journeys)


Anonymous said...

Are the conifers adjacent to 1A to be retained. Tree root compaction is often fatal. Here are three links from many on Google.



Ken said...

Point noted but, the compaction is not as close to the trees as might be imagined. In any case, the roots had about 70 years to grow away from the compacted area prior to the original demolition.

Surely any root damage to now arise will only be to secondary roots that have developed in the past 40+ years.