A Report From Jo - bloated on Swiss Mini Rolls:-
A great day today – steady sunshine from the word go. We picked this as an extra day because of the good weather forecast. There were 4 of us on site, two laying bricks and two in support.
On the brick laying side, we finished off the final layer of corbelling on section 4, and also backed up 1 ½ of the last two rows of reds (we ran out of light, or else would have finished off the job.) This means that section 4 is now all but completed, and the achieved platform length now extends to 30 meters, with another 30 in progress. On this latter stretch, we managed two courses of blues, making section 6 ready for further reds, which we think could be laid by the Gloucester lads when the return from their break. Total bricks laid today we reckon came to 465.
Next to this, some moving around of the duck boards (there is a lot of water on site) and removing excess reds from the stretch now completed.
We madde up 8-9 barrow loads of muck, and heaved them down to the brick laying area 200 yds away. As the mixer takes 90Kg, we reckon we shifted three quarters of a ton of muck today, and the brickies promptly laid it too. Where is that desk job now….
Neil Carr dropped by in the Class 73, leaving a waggon on platform 1 for the Cheltenham gang. This was the final rail movement along this stretch of the line until we open for business again in 3 months time.
Fresh milk to day, and no fewer than 15 mini swiss rolls – for 4 people, one short for a fair sharing out. What to do? First come, first served was the answer !