As planned, we swapped a day at CRC2 for another push on the signal box at Broadway this Monday. It was very blustery and almost cold - the end of the summer in sight?
But no more - 10 days ago we obtained the use of this whizz hoist. You loop 3 chains over the handles and the front of the barrow, and then from the top press a button and up the whole thing goes! Fantastic. In the picture you can see John receiving the first load of the day. You drop it down on to the scaffolding, and then, instead of hoiking a heavy bucket around, you can wheel the whole load round the planking to the right address. It's quite big up there, now that the floor is covered.
As we worked high up on the box, Clive made himself useful around the site, and eventually arrived with 50Kg of cement in a wheelbarrow, brought up all the way from the other end of the site. It's one of those things that we keep the cement at one end of the site, while some of us use it at the other. Shortly after that, Clive arrived with a second load, to grateful appreciation from the support gang. 100Kg of cement will keep us going for a little while.
And what did we achieve today? Well, as the weather was (mostly) dry, we had a good one. We put one layer on the southern wall, leaving only one more layer to go here, before it is time to put in the big sliding windows. Along the front, a much longer wall, we managed to put up three layers, which were pointed up and rubbed as well. You can see Tony coming to the end of his inside row, while Bob is working on the corner with the level.
Just before the rain came down, I took this photograph of the whole box as it looked around lunch time. It's not a webcam shot, but I hope it is sufficient for those that need their 'daily dose'.
We will be back on Wednesday to continue the good work.