|Removal of the last heavy bricks|
A number of volunteers set off for Toddington to help with the real ale festival, and the remaining gang then cleared the bank behind the 2c extension of brushwood. You can see it's pretty thick in the picture above - it was only cleared last year. Brambles grow fast.
A few months ago we threw a bag of grass seed at the slope beneath the B&B, and to our surprise it came up pretty well. Here is Jim giving the slope its first cut. Nice stripes, Jim!
Marguerite did well today - she sold a set of garden chairs/table donated by yours truly, and sold the painting pictured in the blog last week to - yours truly! The BAG profited both ways.
John B carried on repainting the old office hut, which now sports a gleaming coat of 'Parchment'. A personal tour round the site given to an interested visitor also resulted in a kind donation - anyone else interested?
No progress was possible on the signal box today, as various parties are currently on holiday. Key personnel are also allowed their fortnight by the sea.
On the other hand, we came across an interesting picture in the house of a colleague recently, which we were allowed to photograph. Apologies for the poor quality; it's a photograph of a photograph behind glass, but nonetheless very interesting, and one we hadn't seen before:
The caption on the back states that it was taken in 1948, and shows two Halls on a S. Wales - Birmingham express. The leading engine is 5988 Bostock Hall. Looking at the exhaust, the train is going well, and could be quite a long one if double headed. You can't see the tail end, due to the curvature of the line. Can anyone say more about the picture? Was this a regular working then?