On the extension side, we received two loads of spent ballast, removed from the David Page shed at Toddington where a nice new concrete floor is going in. What better address than Broadway, platform 1, for this excellent backfill material? The lorry carefully reversed down the full length of the platform, positioned itself next to the extension wall, and the driver very kindly used his grab to unload and position each grab full on the right spot behind the wall, so that Dave and Clive with the rakes did not have too much back breaking work in leveling it.
|The first of 20 tons goes in.|
|A nice smooth result.|
The planned slabbing exercise unfortunately did not go ahead, as Fairview had too many deliveries to make this afternoon. However, further 1c slabbing must be imminent.
Down by the signal box a gang of 3 - 4 spent most of the morning setting up a scaffolding tower inside the box. After a lot of measuring and packing, this reached the correct height and was planked over. In this way the final hole in the lever room floor was plugged, and it allows Tony to lay the inner skin bricks from the inside.
|The scaffolding tower goes up inside the box.|
In the picture you can see Tony and Peter looking down on Bob, who is directing affairs from within the locking room. Running through the centre of the picture are the two heavy duty steel beams which will support the lever frame. You can see that from the inside, the box is now quite a respectable structure.
In the middle of the day, we were surprised by a sudden rushing noise, which turned into a loud roar as a Hercules flew over the tree tops at only 250ft! Did I get a picture? No. It was so low that we saw it for no more than 3 - 4 seconds, then it was gone. Long enough however for our aircraft enthusiast Tony to determine that it was a C 130, version J, from Brize Norton, he gave us the squadron name and even the registration number! Impressed, we asked him for the name of the pilot. He didn't know!
Prior to recommencing brick laying, Bob and Peter repaired to the cabin to study the beautiful drawing made by JC of the lever frame and its interaction with the shorter floor joists.
|Really? A sceptical Peter looks on as Bob explains.|
|Measuring and counting the remaining shorter joists still needing to be fitted.|
In the foreground is the front wall, on which Bob and Tony laid two rows of reds in the early afternoon, as well as two towers on the two front corners. These towers are at now window sill level. The southern gable is one row below, and the front wall is two rows below, so that you can see how close we are to putting in the big sliding windows.
|Tony rubs down the day's work, while Bob and Steve set out the SE tower up to window sill level.|
|''BROADWAY SIGNAL BOX''|
Finally, a look back over the site cleared by the hard working team of 8 at the northern end:
|The bricks - there they were, gone...|