Jo Roesen reports:
A look out of the bedroom window explained why it seemed so bright when your scribe woke up this morning - there was snow on the ground!
The car park at Broadway was also covered, but it hadn't held many back, there were at least a dozen volunteer cars. The place was abuzz already, with Vic shoveling back fill into a barrow from the Mythe pile, and Tony removing the weather sheet from the newly cast 'Goods shed' foundations half way up the drive. The new 'Goods shed' shop building is expected to arrive in March, when we will return the current building to its owner, and vacate the current site for the construction of the station foundation slab.
With the low temperatures today, brick laying wasn't possible.
This picture of the box shows from another angle how far we have got - you can see that the corner on the right is now as high as the door, with a much lower bit on the left, where the front is. This lower area is where the big sliding windows will fit in, sitting between solid hardwood frames that support the roof.
News on the window frame front is twofold:
a. A message from our friendly carpenter today was to say that the framework had been completed, and dry assembled in his workshop. It looks massive, we heard! When the brickwork on the rear wall, and its chimney, is completed, we will be ready to accept this frame. Just one or two dry, warm brick laying days to go.
b. Inside the frames go the sliding windows. There are 14 in total, and so far we have 5 brave sponsors who bought a window each, at £250. This willingness to sponsor was one of the reasons we were permitted to build the frames in hardwood instead of PVC, so if you too could help, we would be very grateful. A cheque to the BAG or a donation via 'My Donate' on this blog would do the trick. We need another 9 sponsors.
On the same subject, we are still in need of rollers to support the sliding windows. We have 12, and are looking for another 16. If you know where we can find some more of the GWR originals, do let us know.
Looking at the snow, a large gang decided that making up a fire was the best way to spend the day.
Here is a view of the fire from Springfield Lane bridge, with our new northern security fence in the foreground. The slope on the right was cleared by a gang of two with a chainsaw, while the lower slope on the left was cleared by a flail mounted on a JCB. There's plenty left to do.
Jim reports that additional drawings are being prepared to provide designs for the extra height required for the footbridge to meet new NR minimum height requirements, and also for the smoke hoods to be put back. We believe they were removed after the end of steam, to provide the extra clearance, and as we are running steam engines, we need to put them back..
Once the shelter is up and covered in robust sheeting, we can go out and get quotes from a shotblaster to clean and paint the span. We are also looking for someone to construct the replacement towers, the originals being too far gone to restore.
If you can help with the sliding windows, for the rollers or an offer to sponsor one, do let us know.